Slow Food International Congress and Terra Madre

10 delegates have been selected to attend the Slow Food International Congress and Terra Madre from the South-Central Region. Here is Delegate Jim Embry’s story…

From October 25-29, Jim Embry of Lexington will represent the local and national good food movements at the 2012 International Slow Food conference in Torino, Italy. Every two years, Slow Food supporters from around the world come together for Terra Madre and Salone del Gusto to share innovative solutions and time-honored traditions for feeding the planet in a good, clean, and fair way .Embry will also serve as a U.S. delegate at the International Slow Food Congress, which will be held simultaneously with Terra Madre and Salone del Gusto which is one of the world’s most important events dedicated to diverse food cultures, sustainability and biodiversity. The Slow Food Congress is a crucial meeting of Slow Food leaders from more than 150 countries that happens every five years, where management bodies are elected and decisions are made regarding Slow Food’s worldwide strategies for developing the association. Embry, who is a member of the nearby Slow Food Bluegrass chapter, is a region seven representative (KY, TN, AL, LA & MS) and he will be accompanied by three other local good food advocates: Mark Williams (southeast regional governor of Slow Food USA), Maggie Galloway (co-leader of Slow Food Bluegrass) and Libby Allen (member of Slow Food Bluegrass).
“What a blessing and honor it is for me to be selected to represent Kentucky and the USA at this important international convocation of world food communities who proclaim that another world with a sustainable food system that works for all is possible and necessary. As a delegate to the Congress I am very excited about the opportunity to help shape and decide the future direction of Slow Food’s global work that will continue to provide concrete and appropriately scaled solutions for some of our most vexing problems. Slow Food’s Congress, Terra Madre and Salone represent the corner stones of a 21st century food Renaissance and I am thrilled to help paint the picture,” said Jim Embry, 2012 Slow Food USA delegate.

 

This year’s delegation—a group of more than 220 individuals appointed by 20 regional selection committees to represent the food and farming issues of their communities—will provide the largest and most diverse selection of U.S. food producers, chefs and activists in attendance in Slow Food history: members from 50 farming communities spanning all sectors of the food movement from labor to production to students will participate in the extraordinary event. Please visit the following hyperlinks for information on other Terra Madre and Salone del Gusto, and International Congress delegates.
In addition to his work with Slow Food, Embry is the founder and director of the Sustainable Communities Network, a non-profit organization in Lexington that provides ideas, programs and tools to inspire community members to bring about systemic change in all of the institutions that are necessary to create sustainable cities. Locally, the organization sponsors an annual Bluegrass Local Food Summit, establishes community and school gardens around the state and is a leader of the city’s food justice work. Because of his selection as a USA delegate Jim was recently featured on the Kentucky Educational Television Connections and is highlighted on the Terra Madre/Salone del Gusto website.
To create local awareness and support for his trip Embry will be speaking and hosting informational dinners, photo exhibits and fundraisers at Natasha’s Restaurant Oct 6, Good Foods Market & Cafe October 8, and University of Kentucky Oct 10. Other institutions, restaurants and community organizations who want to learn more about the Slow Food movement are encouraged to invite Jim Embry to speak before or after his trip to Italy.

For more information about Terra Madre and Salone del Gusto, or to schedule an interview with Embry, please contact Emily Walsh at Slow Food USA’s national office.

Media Contact: Slow Food USA Emily C. Walsh, PR & Marketing Manager emilyw@slowfoodusa.org (718) 260–8000 x154

Join SFBG for Taco Punk’s Preview Night – Jan. 13

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Join Slow Food Bluegrass and Louisville’s newest restaurant, Taco Punk, for fun evening of good food!

Click here to order your tickets today!

Rainbow Blossom’s Green Gift Fair – Dec. 10

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Say goodbye to uninspired gift cards and run of the mill mall finds. Fill your loved ones stockings with unique gifts from the heart!

Shopping for the holiday season is stressful enough without having to wonder about the ethical ramifications of your purchases. The solution? Rainbow Blossom’s fifth annual Holiday Green Gift Fair!

The Fair hosts a variety of eco-friendly companies and artisans, giving you the chance to discover something special for everyone on your list, all while feel good about your purchases and avoiding the stress of mall madness!

Starts: Saturday, December 10, 2011

Ends: Saturday, December 10, 2011

Time: 12-4pm

Location: St. Matthews Market

 

Home Front Harvest – November 19th

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Mark your calendar for November 19 from noon-Midnight for the Home Front Harvest at Fresh Start Growers’ Supply. This is a music and food celebration to raise money for local farmers to assist in the production of their crops to help towards a more plentiful harvest for all. Money raised for farmers will be matched in food from the farms and given to a local homeless shelter for Thanksgiving. The goal is to raise money for the farms, to raise awareness of the benefits of eating food from local farms, to help feed the hungry, and to give thanks to all parties involved for helping each other in the name of giving thanks. Hosts: Zach Fry & DJ Minotti. Featured artists: Tyrone Cotton, Scott Mertz & Jay Glenn, Ron Whitehead, Lotus Blake, The Ladybirds, National Hotel, Vessel, Relic, Troubadours of Divine Bliss, Alabama Brown & The Inside Outlaws, Mercy Academy, and John Gage.

Featured Chef: Maria Bell. Featured Farms: Finger Picking Farms, Field Day Farms, Barr Farms. Corporate Sponsors: Glass Tank Productions, Sterling Contracting, Gilberto Gelato, Cherry Red Events, 21C, University of Louisville, Real Feel Audio, La Bodega at Felice, Seiller-Waterman LLC, BMB Productions LLC, and Green Meadows Environmental.

Breaking New Grounds Down and Dirty

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Come mix and mingle with other urban aggies and soil enthusiasts and help us raise money for our urban farm where PASSIONATE PEOPLE create GREAT JOBS raising DELICIOUS FOOD, and hardworking worms make rich, loamy DIRT FROM WASTE (that stays out of the landfills).

WHEN: Saturday, October 15th @7pm

WHERE: Kentucky Center for African American Heritage (1701 W. Muhammad Ali Blv. Louisville, KY)

TICKETS: Click here for ticket information.

SPONSORS: Brown Forman, Kentucky Center for African American Heritage, Edible Louisville, Old Town Liqours, BBC, ValuMarket, Rainbow Blossom, Blue Dog Bakery, Heine Brothers, Rooibee Red Tea, Desserts by Helen, Creation Gardens

For more information visit www.breakingnewgrounds.org.