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

Monday, April 18, 2011

Slow Food Waitakere May Event: Japanese Cooking Class


 Japanese Cooking Class at Pine Valley




Slow Food Waitakere member Kazuyo Friedlander invites SF members and friends to a wonderful cooking class
 with Chikako Dean.




Chikako has been teaching Japanese Cuisine both in the UK and NZ, this is the menu that she has designed for
 Slow Food Waitakere:

Menu






Buttercup croquets
Daikon Radish Ume mayonnaise salad
Sesame flavoured stir fry capsicums 
Marinated celery in sweet vinegar
Rolled Rice in Nori- 2 kinds
Chicken mince balls skewer
Omelette with Surimi inside
Mustard flavoured Broccoli 
Salmon Saute in fragrant sauce





In addition to this, there will be a demonstration of Tofu making and tasting.

Sunday, 8 May 2011

Class will start at 11am, with lunch at 1pm, 
Please bring an apron.
Cost: $55 Slow Food Members, $65 non members 

Pine Valley, 48 Young Access, RD2, Silverdale (Dairy Flat), 0992

Please RSVP by Monday 29 April to
Alessandra, Tel.: 09 814 8993






Sunday, April 17, 2011

Slow Food Waitakere Croissant Class


On Sunday a small group of members from Slow Food Waitakere learned to make croissants from Allison of Gourmet Gannet.



The students


 The teacher


 After a demo we are all ready for hands-on!





It was a great class for everyone. We baked some croissants (plain and chocolate) on the spot, and we took some more home to freeze or bake. I baked some as soon as I got home, and they came out lovely (pics below). Thank you Allie for a lovely morning!




Friday, April 15, 2011

Slow Fish 2011


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Fun with Fish


Learn directly from fishers and cooks

In the Slow Food Education space within Slow Fish, visitors will have the chance to follow two fun and educational paths that explain the importance of our choices to the health of the seas and fish stocks. The two experiences, Sea, Fish and Fishers and Markets, Menus and Cooks, are designed for children and adults visiting the event.

Sea, Fish and Fishers
Participants will meet an endangered “species”: the fisherman. They’ll explore with a fisherman the answers to two fundamental questions: How and where do fish live? How do we catch them? Listening to fishermen’s stories, they’ll go on a virtual journey to understand the differences between artisanal and industrial fishing and find out how to adapt their own daily food habits to a more sustainable consumption style, learning more about how food chains work. The experience will conclude with a tasting of a Fishwich made from a little-known but still delicious fish species.

Markets, Menus and Cooks
A series of activities will help visitors understand the “right” choices when it comes to buying and eating fish. With the help of a cook, visitors will learn how and what to choose, how to read food labels and how to avoid food fraud. They’ll try out different preparation steps and sample flavorful traditional recipes made from fish not at risk of extinction.

During both the experiences, children can participate in entertaining educational games to learn more about the world of fish.

Practical information:

Sea, Fish and Fishers
and Markets, Menus and Cooks
Duration
: 45 minutes
TimesSchool groups: Friday and Monday 9.30 am, 11 am, 12 pm, 2 pm, 3.30 pm
Children: Saturday and Sunday 2.30 pm, 4 pm
Adults: Friday 6 pm, 7.30 pm, 9 pm; Saturday and Sunday 11.30 am, 5.30 pm, 7 pm. 8.30 pm; Monday 5.30 pm
Cost: Children (up to age 13): free; adults: €5 (free for Slow Food members); school groups and accompanying teachers: free


The following activities have been organized in collaboration with the Slow Food Convivium at the University of Gastronomic Sciences.


Personal Shopper

A team of food experts will be on hand to guide visitors around the Market stalls, recommending which species to choose while respecting fishing seasons and the principles behind conscious and rational shopping. Participants will also get valuable practical tips on how to cook often-ignored fish species. The choices we all make have an effect on the market, but an informed consumer can also have a positive influence on the world of fishing, if they avoid choosing at-risk species. This can be done without renouncing the pleasure of eating fish and seafood. The
Personal Shopper guided trip around the market starts from the Slow Food Education area.


Sustainable Sushi

By taking part in this guided tour through the world of Japanese fish specialties, visitors can find out how to navigate a sushi menu, exploring issues like fish characteristics, possible adulterations and alternatives to the most commonly used species, many of which are at risk of extinction. The experience concludes at the Sushi Island, a special space created in collaboration with the knife-maker Kai, where two Japanese cooks, Kiyoshi Hayamizu and Katzoumi Ota, will be preparing sushi made from sustainable species. Visitors will be able to sample delicious raw fish with a high sensory quality and a low impact on the marine ecosystem.

Personal Shopper and Sustainable SushiDuration: around an hour
Times: Saturday and Sunday 11.30 am, 3 pm, 6 pm
Cost: €5 per participant


Slow Fish is organized by the Liguria Regional Authority, Slow Food and Mareterra di Liguria – Fondazione Carige, with the patronage of the Italian Ministry for Agricultural, Food and Forestry Policies; the Genoa Provincial Authority and the City of Genoa and with the support of the Genoa Chamber of Commerce.

If you need a Press Pass:

Slow Fish is back at the Genoa Fiera (Italy) from May 27 to 30, the fifth biannual international event dedicated to the world of fish and marine ecosystems. Debates, meetings, workshops and tastings will focus on issues linked to sustainable fishing and responsible seafood consumption.
In the "For the Press" section on
www.slowfish.it (select the language on the top right hand corner) you can download photos and logos of the event as well as the full press kit available in English, Spanish, French and Italian. Click on the Accreditation section to request your Press Pass.
Press Office Slow FishSlow Food: Paola Nano, +39 0172 419645 p.nano@slowfood.itRegione Liguria: Mauro Boccaccio, +39 010 5485727 mauro.boccaccio@regione.liguria.itNuccia Cifarelli, +39 010 5488898 nuccia.cifarelli@regione.liguria.it


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