Category Archives: grassroots

The appetite is back!

Well hello good food people! It seems as though I have taken an extended vacation sans internet, not entirely true, but I did somehow manage to vacate my blog during the past several months. Grad school graduation, new job, ending a chapter in Savannah, and writing the table of contents for the next chapter sort of took a toll on inquisitive appetite. But I’m happy to report that I’m back (with an updated look) and exited to share some new adventures. This month is dedicated to all things Slow Food Savannah related, as we gear up and join forces with Well Fed for National Food Day, and next month I’ll be testing out the glorious city of LA and eating up all she has to offer – so stay tuned!

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Eat With Me

During my Sunday blog/website favs scanning sesh, I found this great little eating party gem called Eat With Me, a new social networking site (based in Melbourne) that allows you to create food related events and invite your friends. You can also search events in your area and ask for an invitation. A great way to meet like-minded foodies, engage in great conversations around the table, and grow a community of individuals who value time spent sharing a meal. So far, it looks like I am a lone dot in the Savannah EWM landscape, so fellow food lovers, come eat with me and let’s get this party started!

Slow Food in Savannah

It’s finally here, folks! Slow Food Savannah is now an official recognized U.S. chapter. We couldn’t be happier. So now it’s time to get the ball rolling, gain some momentum, and spread the word to the community. We kicked things off last Saturday at the Farmer’s Market. Although we were threatened by storms the entire morning, it turned out to be a fabulous day for both producers and consumers! Springtime boasts great finds when it comes to produce – watermelon radishes, fava beans, beets, spring peas, strawberries, heirloom carrots, and lots of fresh greens. Check out Walker Farms’ artful harvest and award worthy veggies. It’s always my first stop, and it goes quick! Slow Food Savannah is currently recruiting interested members and planning our first event: a harvest supper out at the farm- Green Bridge Farm to be exact. Stay tuned for more details!

The Equal Exchange Free Range Cafe

Would you like your coffee served from the cutest on-the-go trike ever? Yes, please! Meet the Equal Exchange Free Range Cafe, the first mobile coffee trike of its kind in Boston. An initiative from the West Bridgewater company, which focuses primarily on sustainable and environmentally conscious business practices, Equal Exchange decided to take fair-trade brew to the streets of Boston. The title “free range cafe” is perfectly symbolic of the trike’s mission and  it’s ability to cover lots of ground. Cafe developer Meghan Hubbs conceptualized Equal Exchange, and through its presence in the city, hopes to reframe the company’s local image and perhaps change Boston’s coffee culture. The Free Rangers say it’s caffeinated euphoria, I think it’s simply smart and too cute to say no to.

On your next morning commute, visit the Free Range trike at the Charles MGH station.

Co-ops on Campus

I just came across this organization, and quite frankly, don’t know how I missed it! COFED (cooperative food empowerment directive) is a nationwide training program that reaches out to college students and educates/empowers them with ways to create and establish “ethically-sourced and cooperatively run” sustainable food stores and cafes, as an alternative to the fast food options that inevitably lead to those unflattering Freshman fifteen. Currently, they  have partnered with 8 west coast schools: University of Washington, Oregon State University, Humboldt State, UC Davis,  UC Santa Barbara, UC Berkeley, City College of San Francisco, and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo… and they have grand aspirations for the next five years: train 1,000 student leaders, initiate 35 new sustainable store fronts, and reach over 700,000 college students. They are presently seeking donations to match the $30,000 already attained through their Launch Committee, so if you have a few dollars to spare after those tax refunds, put them towards educating the next generation of America’s college students on the value of alternative food systems.

 

I'll always take fresh over frozen.

 

 

 

the future of food

This past Monday, five ladies from the Savannah Local Food Collaborative called a meeting. Their mission: to unite producers, chefs, distributors, local business owners, policy makers, students, and consumers around the issues concerning Savannah’s local food networks. Moderated by a professional collaboration guru, the two-hour session created opportunities for engagement and freedom to exchange information, ideas, concerns, frustrations, etc. Over the course of the evening the room grew from 30 interested advocates to nearly 70- and from 70 great minds, a list of the top five themes was generated. By an overwhelming vote, education ranked as no. 1, followed by coordination, infrastructure/investment, consumer access, and policies. Step 1: rally the troops. Step 2: establish connections around the five themes, determine inherent motivations, and collaborate. Step 3: create an open dialogue for continuous exchange of information. Step 4: enable Savannah to become a model program for sustainable and economical local food.

Petrini’s manifesto

In beginning to think about my literature review, (i.e. compiling all the sources to build a theoretical foundation on which to base a valid argument concerning my thesis), I decided to start at the roots of the movement, Carlo Petrini’s Slow Food Revolution. Essentially an auto-biography of Slow Food, Petrini highlights the major milestones (and setbacks) of what started as a resistance to the Italian Left. Throughout his collection of memoirs and public speeches, I found inspiration in his words and several design opportunities. A lot has transpired since the book was published in 2005, including criticism for the movement’s sometimes elitist connotations and American “brand” typology. Yet there is truth and hope to the manifesto that was officially introduced to the world in 1987, and I hope to find a peaceful co-existence with history and modernity.

what is eating design?

Industrial designer turned food designer turned eating designer Marije Vogelzang is “inspired by the origin of food and the preparation, etiquette, history, and culture around it.” I came across the term #eatingdesign a few weeks ago, and have since been pondering it’s meaning and application to everyday life. Marije’s designs are not only beautiful, they are as she calls them, ephemeral. I am truly inspired by her work and already thinking of how to incorporate her concepts into educational platforms…how do you teach a child how and why to eat veggies when he’s never seen asparagus before?


citizen designers

would be interesting to apply this approach to grocery stores, markets, convenience stores, gas stations, drug stores, etc in low-income neighborhoods or food deserts for citizens to indicate items they are most in need of. I wish this was as simple as it sounds…very excited to see the results and implications for design.

escapeology:

I Wish This Was….an awesome civic improvement campaign…and it is!

From brilliant designer and creator, Candy Chang:

Many cities are full of vacant storefronts and people who need things. My New Orleans neighborhood is still without a full-service grocery store. So I made these fill-in-the-blank stickers to provide an easy tool to voice what we want, where we want it. Just fill them out and put them on abandoned buildings and beyond. The stickers are custom vinyl and can be easily removed without damaging property. It’s a fun, low-barrier tool for citizens to provide civic input on-site, and the responses reflect the hopes, dreams, and colorful imaginations in different neighborhoods.