Slow Food: The History of an Idea
Slow Food was started by Carlo Petrini and a group of activists in the 1980s with the initial aim to defend regional traditions, good food, gastronomic pleasure and a slow pace of life. In over two decades of history, the movement has evolved to embrace a comprehensive approach to food that recognizes the strong connections between plate, planet, people, politics and culture. Today Slow Food represents a global movement involving thousands of projects and millions of people in over 160 countries.
Slow Food involves millions of people passionate about good, clean and fair food. Our network of chefs, youth, activists, farmers, fishers, experts and academics is made up of a series of sub-networks:
- A network of around 100,000 Slow Food members
- The Terra Madre network of 2,000 food communities that practice small-scale and sustainable production of quality food around the world
- Slow Food Youth Network (SFYN), Slow Food’s youth arm
- The University of Gastronomic Sciences (UNISG)
- Our Indigenous Terra Madre network that connects with a diverse range of networks, communities and organizations around the world
Slow Food Baltimore
One of over 225 local chapters Slow Food Baltimore is a global, grassroots organization aimed at connecting the pleasure of the table with a commitment to community and the environment. We do this by supporting local groups and organizations whose mission reflect our cause, social and educational events, news, social media, farm initiatives, tasting, tours, book club and school garden curriculum development. We come together at the table sharing the richness of our areas culinary heritage and invite yo to join us with your ideas and leadership.
Meet Your Board Members
President, Treasurer and Chair of Slow Food Book Club
"I love nothing better than to gather friends and family around my table to share a meal, especially when the vegetables are homegrown or from a local farmer. I am excited to be in a leadership role as part of Slow Food Baltimore as we work towards bringing together people who appreciate local, delicious and fair food with those who provide it. The magic and communion that occurs at the dinner table must be celebrated and preserved!"
I have been an active participant in Slow Food Baltimore for several years, serving in the past as Events Committee Chair and Co-President. Currently I am a Board member. I enjoy cooking and eating fresh local food and being part of Slow Food allows me to lend support to sustainable food as part of the organization. Some of my best Slow Food moments have been hosting jam making and sourdough workshops and participating in our Book Club.
“I believe in the mission of the Slow Food movement and I want to contribute my talents and continue to grow and educate individuals who appreciate the benefits of locally sourced food and those who provide it in the Baltimore area.”
Media and Marketing Chair
I have always loved nature, growing my own food and sharing meals with family and friends. An avid cook, photographer and ecopreneur involved with global initiatives in the wine industry , my passion is also supporting our local food system, farm to fork and bringing support to the significant social and economic problems that persist as a result of the current food supply chain. Slow Food as an international, national and local organization has inspired me in my daily food choices, in my garden and in my kitchen.
I moved to Baltimore in 1979. Both of my parents were born in Italy: Calabria and Lago di Garda. Although I was born in New York City , growing up in northern most New York State shaped my connection to food and nature. In my small town , the Italian community was vibrant and very close knit. There were no back yards on North Main Street: only meticulous and prolific gardens. Grape arbors, fresh herbs, tomatoes—of course—corn, hot peppers, pole beans, zucchini and all manner of greens .My grandfather even grew watermelons long before hybridization. Food has ever been both identity and avocation. Delight and celebration. Surrounded by gifted cooks and miraculous food throughout my life, my involvement with Slow Food is like coming home. It combines my heritage and my interests in food, health and the environment. A former teacher and eternal student , Slow Food nourishes both the teacher I was and the student I will always be by providing new opportunities and experiences.
For more information about Slow Food and Partnering interests please contact Pat at firstname.lastname@example.org