In response to the frenzied opening of a McDonald's in Rome's historic Piazza di Spagna, journalist Carlo Petrini and friends founded the Slow Food movement in 1986. They had a strong belief in preserving local cuisine by using local ingredients--in restaurants and home kitchens. This touched such an international nerve, that the movement has grown to over 80,000 members in 100 countries.
Slow Food Tucson is affiliated with Slow Food USA, which supports Slow Food International. The Slow Food Tucson chapter was founded in 1999. The Tucson region has the luxury of many organic farms which, raise produce and meats, along with superb chefs and residents that support the Slow Food concept.
We offer timely events including food demonstrations, dinners where chefs discuss the meal, history and evolution. Activities have included: cooking a Thai meal; making pizza in a woodburning oven; recreating a 2,000 year old funeral feast of legendary King Midas; sampling wine in Sonoita and the Piemonte region of Italy. We have also eaten Hungarian goulash made from grassfed cattle, learned to make tamales for a Christmas celebration and enjoyed a full sampling of chocolates for Valentine’s Day.
We are so much more than a dining club and want to support and celebrate local farmers and chefs with their efforts. While most of our events are also open to the public, your membership affords you a discounted price for most events and entry to "Members only events."
We’re always looking for new ideas so if you have suggestions, please contact us: slowfoodsouthernaz.org and help celebrate local growers and producers, artisanal products and heirloom seeds and vegetables as well as culinary traditions both local and international. Then, we’ll get together, lift a glass of wine in a toast and enjoy each other’s company, with good food and drink!
Slow Food Southern Arizona Board of Directors is dedicating current and future fundraising efforts to providing internships for high school students and Pima Community College students who are enrolled in the culinary arts. For more information about Slow Food Southern Arizona's charitable giving please see the attached article published in the Arizona Daily Star.
Ryan Clark, Chair
Diana Callimanis, Acting Secretary/Treasurer
Judith Mattson, Chair, Membership
Webmaster: Stacey Manns