Slow Food, founded in 1986, is an international organization whose aim is to protect the pleasures of the table from the homogenization of modern fast food and life. Though a variety of initiatives it promotes gastronomic culture, develops taste education, conserves agricultural biodiversity and protects traditional foods at risk of extinction. It now boasts over 100,000 members in 153 countries.

Slow Food Auckland, formerly Slow Food Waitakere, is registered as a charitable entity. Registration Number: CC38263, please click here to read our Rules and Regulations

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Carlo Petrini speaking at the Turin Book Fair, May 2010

I have recently met Carlo Petrini at the Salone Internazionale del Libro, Torino, where he was a guest speaker. The first session was the presentation of the La Bibliotheca Gastronomica by Slow Food Editore and Franco Cosimo Panini Editore.

The second session was in the larger arena of the book fair section dedicated to young people (I sat with a group of senior high school hospitality students), and was about sustainable development, with the participation of Colin Beavan, better known as the guy who's family attempted to live a zero impact lifestyle in New York City in the film
No Impact Man.

The last session was about the collaboration between Lingua Madre, the national literary and cultural contest for immigrant women leaving in Italy, and Terra Madre. The collaboration aims at consolidating relationships between countries as well as creating sustainable development while preserving and respecting traditional lifestyles.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Slow Food Waitakere Annual Meeting and Dinner

Saturday 15th May, 7pm

We invite Slow Food members and friends to join us for a shared meal followed by our annual meeting, and a presentation by some of our members about their experiences at Terra Madre 2008. Please RSVP - see details below.

Bring your favourite autumn dish and a copy of the recipe to share. We will collate and send out the recipes to members.

Programme for the night:

Shared Meal

Annual Meeting:

Coordinator’s report

Treasurer's report

Election of committee (main purpose of the group is to help organise the regular events)

We warmly invite any members to join the committee for relaxed meetings and guaranteed cake!

Our current committee members are: Claire Inwood [coordinator], Sue Greig [treasurer], Joan O'Brien, Sean Shadbolt, Karlene and Terry Shaw-Toomey, Tanya Wilkinson [secretary], Alessandra Zecchini and Deborah Cairns.

Please send nominations to Claire at

Terra Madre Presentation

Aldo, Mary Ann and Claire will give an illustrated talk about their experiences as delegates at Terra Madre 2008.


Time: Saturday 15th May, 7pm

Place: 21 Woodfern Crescent


Please park on the street as there is limited parking. Number 21 is up a right of way and the second to last house on the right.

Bring: food to share and recipe [please indicate on RSVP the type of dish you are bringing so we can fill any gaps in the menu] your beverage of choice. Feel free to bring a friend or anyone that you think might be interested in getting to know more about Slow Food!

Please RSVP to Claire before Wednesday 12 May on 8128 192 or


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