On October 23rd as many as 7,000 farmers, chefs, bakers, educators and students from around the world are scheduled to gather in Turin, Italy, for fours days of celebration and sharing their knowledge and love of local foods. Twelve people from Northeast Ohio will be among them.
Slow Food International has sponsored this world event every other year since 2004 and each year Northeast Ohio has been represented by some of our best chefs and farmers. Our region is a leader in supporting the local food movement through farmers markets, chefs who serve local foods, farmers who are committed to raising diverse food products for local consumption. We are so fortunate to have such talent to send!
The 2008 delegates are: chefs Matt Harlan of Lolita, Jonathon Sawyer of Bar Cento, Paul Minnillo of Baricelli Inn, and David Uecke, most recently at Anthe’s Restaurant. Four farmers attending are Aaron Miller from Miller Livestock, Cindy and Terry Smith from Goatfeathers Point Farm, and Abbe Turner from Lucky Penny Farm. Bakers Adam and Jennifer Gidlow who own On the Rise Bakery will be joined by Rachel McKinney who teaches at the Hersey Montessori Farm School in Huntsburg, Ohio. I will go along as an observer and plan to post stories and pictures so that folks in Cleveland can share some of the excitement of this extraordinary event. To learn more now, go to www.slowfood.com. And stay tuned here for more updates on our delegation. Mary