This week on Spooning and Forking, we learned about slow food: the craze taking Europe by storm! As much as a little snail can take a continent by storm. Carlo Petrini, Slow Food founder and president, had this to say about his organization,
“Slow Food unites the pleasure of food with responsibility, sustainability and harmony with nature” Carlo Petrini.
To learn more about Slow Food in Calgary, Naddine sat down with president Kris Vester, as well as Eric Giesbrecht. In addition to sharing information about how to get involved with Slow Food Calgary, they chatted about CSAs. If you missed the episode, you can still listen on iTunes.
CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture, a great way to support your local producers by buying directly from the source. By making a financial commitment and a commitment of your labor, you receive a weekly delivery of organic, local produce straight from the farm. Additionally, every item will be seasonal, and possibly not the usual grocery store fare. Each delivery is a delicious surprise!
To join a CSA in Alberta, check out CSA Alberta.
To learn more about how you can get involved with Slow Food and your local farms, check out Slow Food Calgary.
For this week’s recipe, we selected pizza! Although not immediately obvious, pizza has the potential to represent all the values of Slow Food. It’s so simple and tasty to make dough from scratch, you will wonder why you ever settled for store-bought. Besides the ease with which you can make pizza at home, it is a great meal for its flexibility. Pizza is perfect for using up unfamiliar seasonal produce, or for enjoying classic flavor combinations. In the summer, use some fresh basil, tomatoes and mozzarella. In the winter, sun dried tomatoes or tomato sauce are still delicious! Pizza is also the perfect food for sharing. And, as everyone knows, food tastes better when you eat it with your hands.
The food blog Smitten Kitchen explores Paths to Painless Pizza Making.
What are your favorite toppings?
Send us an email telling us about your experiences with Slow Food and farmers in Calgary, we’d love to hear from you!