In 1986, Italian journalist and Piemontese native, Carlo Petrini, was outraged when McDonald’s planned to build a franchise at the base of the Spanish Steps at Piazza di Spagna in Rome. Worried that Italy’s rich culinary tradition would be decimated by the “fast life” he and others organized a protest of a radical nature there: grandmother’s and others feeding bowls of homemade pasta to the public. This was the beginning of Slow Food, a movement formally founded in Bra, Italy in 1989, which has since grown to include supporters in over 150 countries. Local chapters, such as Slow Food Chicago, link the pleasure of good food with a commitment to their unique community and the environment.
On Sunday, June 8th, Slow Food Chicago will host a fundraising event: The Farm Roast. All are invited to get tickets and attend. A unique feature of The Farm Roast is that the food and beverage offered, including a Paw Paw Beer made exclusively for this event, includes ingredients found on the Ark of Taste, Slow Food’s living catalog of over 1100 delicious and distinctive foods facing extinction worldwide. In addition, a tasting of products found in the Italian Presidia will be featured. Presidia are small projects around the world, funded and coordinated by the Slow Food Foundation for Biodiversity, to assist groups of artisan producers in sustaining traditional production methods and safeguarding native breed and local seed varieties. There are over 200 Italian Presidia alone including Savona Chinotto, a myrtle-leaved orange cultivated in the Ligurian Riviera that is the main ingredient in both a soda and tonic water.
The Farm Roast
June 8th 2-5 p.m.
Goose Island Barrel Warehouse
605 N. Sacramento, Chicago
$70 per person (includes food from 8 Chicagoland chefs cooking different animals from regional farms, Goose Island beer, music)
Purchase tickets here