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

Sunday, August 22, 2010

A Honey of an Evening



The Owl and the Pussy-Cat went to sea
In a beautiful pea-green boat:
They took some honey,
and plenty of money
Wrapped up in a five-pound note
(Edward Lear)

Join us for an evening of great food, company and honey. Slow Food Waitakere are holding a fundraising dinner to help send local bee keepers and honey producers Karlene and Terry Shaw-Toomey from ‘Earthbound Honey’ to Terra Madre, a conference for small scale food producers, cooks, academics and others from around the world, which takes place in Italy this October.



All are welcome!

Bookings essential

Saturday 11 September, 7pm
Opanuku Studio

Corban Estate Arts Centre 426 Great North Rd, Henderson, Waitakere City

Tickets $45pp ($20 kids) for a fabulous three course meal $40/$18pp if you pay on line before 4th Sept)

A cash bar will be available

For bookings please email: Steve Kesler steven@dv8.net,

Or for more information phone: Claire Inwood 812 8192, 021 239 2809

For more information about Terra Madre see: www.slowfood.com

Hope to see you there.

Regards,

The Slow Food Waitakere Committee



Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Taste Workshops, Theaters of Taste and Dinner Dates

The eighth International Salone del Gusto will be held in Turin, Italy, at the Lingotto Fiere exhibition center on October 21-25, together with Terra Madre, the world meeting of food communities. These two biennial events, though different in character, have by now become two inseparable and interconnected halves, in constant dialog with each other.

Taste Workshops, Theaters of Taste and Dinner Dates
Discover the joy of Taste at the International Salone del Gusto


Salone del Gusto offers perhaps the only place in the world where artisan producers, academics and chefs, wine connoisseurs and novice food lovers can come together in a spirit of exchange and friendship.

Not only is Salone del Gusto a tasty and satisfying experience, it also provides an educational exploration and deeper engagement with the food production process.

These two aspects of the fair meet with the Taste Workshops and Theatres of Taste. Producers, experts and great chefs guide the visitors in an experience that speaks to the senses as well as to the mind.

This year's program of the Salone is a sophisticated blend of pleasure and awareness, two cornerstones in the history of the Slow Food association: sought-after tastings of the highest quality, the presence of legendary personalities, spaces dedicated to the Terra Madre food communities and the Presidia and above all, the integrity of the principles of good, clean and fair food.

The Dinner Dates invite visitors to savour the same principles as interpreted by the cream of international cooking. These will be hosted in held in significant food sites of the Piedmont region such as historical residences, castles and villas outside the Lingotto exhibition grounds where Salone del Gusto is happening.

Great chefs from across the globe will participate, including: Alain Ducasse, the grand master of France, Kylie Kwong of Billy Kwong in Sydney (Australia), Petter Nilsson of La Gazzetta in Paris and Michel Bras of Bras in Laguiole (France), Shin Ichiro Takagi of Zeniya in Kanazawa (Japan), Alex Gares of Soneva Fushi on Kunfunadhoo Island (Maldives), Oriol Rovira of Rural Els Casals in Sagas, Catalonia (Spain).

The great names of Italian cuisine will also be present, including Massimo Bottura, Moreno Cedroni, Chicco Cerea, Gennaro Esposito, Davide Oldani and the Santini family. And not least the best of the Osterie d'Italia, and the restaurants involved in the Alliance between Chefs and Slow Food Presidia.

Wine will take pride of place in the Taste Workshops. Three tastings are being held by renowned sommeliers to underline the importance of the winelist: Luca Gardini of Cracco, Federico Graziani of Il luogo di Aimo e Nadia and Olivier Sinclair of Mugaritz. Agronomists, enologists and biologists will also be present to explain wine across different areas of provenance and different styles in the vineyard and the cellar. The winemakers of the Vignerons d'Europe will explain the sense of limit and the concept of authenticity by discussing the results in the glass. There will also be classic vertical tastings of wines through their various vintages, excursions into faraway or little-explored territories like New Zealand or Istria, and the tried and tested happy pairings of food and wine, full expression of a terroir, like Comté cheese and the wines of the French Jura. Similarly, top bartenders from around the world will host several cocktail events.

Food products that are at risk of extinction and are within the international Presidia will be showcased, including the Basque Euskal Txerria pig and amphora wines of Georgia.

Three Feeding the City workshops will be held that will allow visitors to sample the best good, clean and fair food from Milan, Berlin and Paris.

As part of the Slow Food movement’s work on food waste, Salone del Gusto will be hosting its first Dinner of Leftovers. When the doors of the Salone 2010 close on Monday, October 25, a group of chefs from Michelin-starred restaurants as well as humble osterias, will use all the creativity and technical know-how at their disposal to create a meal using the ingredients leftovers from the kitchens of the Theatres of Taste and the Taste Workshops, as well as products from the Italian and international Presidia and the Earth Markets that cannot be kept or brought back home.

The aperitivo will be organized by Davide Scabin (Combal.Zero, Rivoli), veteran of five days Sala Slow Wine. The dishes (in limited amounts and irregular order) will be prepared by chefs such as Alexandre Gauthier (La Grenouillère, Montreuil-sur-Mer), Enrico Crippa (Piazza Duomo, Alba), Luigi Taglienti (Antiche Contrade, Cuneo) Michele Buri (Porcorosso, Torino), Wam Kat (cook-activist for Greenpeace), Masayuki Okuda (Al-Chè-Cciano, Japan), and others.
Notes to editors:

· The program of the Salone del Gusto, online in Italian, English, French, German and Spanish at www.salonedelgusto.it, provides further details on the many activities. Advance booking is also possible online, to ensure an opportunity to partake in this fascinating and multifaceted world.


· The events of the Salone del Gusto calendar are made possible through the efforts of the wide international Slow Food and Terra Madre network, including the Slow Food Foundation for Biodiversity, and with the important collaboration of the University of Gastronomic Sciences .

· The biannual world meeting of
Terra Madre food communities has been organised by Slow Food since 2004 and brings together over 5,000 representatives of small farmers, producers, cooks, educators, youth and activists from 150 countries to collaboratively work together on improving our food system.


· The international Presidia projects aim to protect unique regions and ecosystems, recover traditional food processing methods and safeguard native breeds and local plant varieties.

To request media credentials for the events please fill in the form at:
http://www.salonedelgusto.com/pagine/eng/ufficio_stampa/richiesta_accredito.lasso

Ufficio Stampa/Press Office Salone del Gusto – Terra Madre:
c/o Slow Food:
Tel. +39 0172 419653/45/66/12 press@slowfood.it Fax +39 0172 419725
c/o Regione Piemonte: Tel. +39 011 4323312 ufficiostampa.giuntaregionale@regione.piemonte.it
c/o Comune di Torino: Tel. +39 011 4423606 raffaela.gentile@comune.torino.it
www.salonedelgusto.it / www.terramadre.org

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Elisa Virgillito

Ufficio Stampa Slow Food
Via della Mendicità Istruita, 14
12042 BRA (Cn), Italia
Tel +39 0172 419666
Fax +39 0172 419725
E-mail e.virgillito@slowfood.it
Skype: elislow

Il 2010 è l'anno del Salone del Gusto e di Terra Madre! Ti aspettiamo a Torino, dal 21 al 25 Ottobre
This is the year of Salone del Gusto and Terra Madre! We wait for you in Turin from October 21 to 25
www.salonedelgusto.it - www.terramadre.org

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