International Gathering in March

Faubourg St. John neighbor Gary Granata would like you to know more about Slow Food NOLA.

Slow Fish 2016 in New Orleans:
Gateway to the Americas
March 10-13, 2016

state-slowfood1Slow Food New Orleans announces it will host Slow Fish 2016 in New Orleans: Gateway to the Americas, March 10-13, 2016 at the Old US Mint and French Market. Slow Fish is Slow Food event that is an international gathering of fishers, scientists, chefs, students and food artisans to address the many environmental, ecological, economic and political challenges that impact fisheries, habitats, oceans, sustainable fishers and cultural seafood systems. Slow Fish has been held every two years in Genoa, Italy. Slow Fish 2016 in New Orleans will be the first time the event will be held in the western hemisphere.

“Gateway to the Americas” is the theme of Slow Fish 2016 in New Orleans. New Orleans was once known as the “Gateway to the Americas” as it is the central port of trade connecting North America with Central and South America. Thus, the theme was selected as both a tribute to New Orleans’ history and to invite Slow Fish & Slow Food delegates throughout the Americas to come to New Orleans.

slowfooddelegationSlow Food New Orleans recently sent a delegation to Slow Fish 2015 held in Genoa, Italy at the historic Porto Antico. Pictured in front of the “Old Port” are (L-R) Chef and Co-Chair Dana Honn, Chef Christina Honn and Chair Gary Granata. Chefs Dana & Christina participated in the Chef’s Alliance Kitchen and delighted conference attendees with Louisiana Seafood Sauce Piquant served with organic grits and cornbread. Dr. Granata presented “Louisiana is Washing Away” during two separate sessions in which Slow Fish 2016 in New Orleans was officially announced. All three delegates participated in several workshops and panels that addressed the many environmental, ecological economic and political challenges that impact fisheries and sustainable fishers … conversations that will continue at Slow Fish 2016 in New Orleans.

Fish Tales & Cocktails:
A By-Catch Happy Hour to launch Slow Fish 2016 in New Orleans

fishcocktailsSlow Food New Orleans is hosting Fish Tales & Cocktails, a by-catch happy hour on Monday July 13 6-8p at L’Entrepot, 527 Julia Street in New Orleans. The event is the first of several leading-up to Slow Fish 2016 in New Orleans: Gateway to the Americas. The event will feature small plates of locally sourced seafood, not normally served in restaurants, prepared by Chefs Dana & Christina Honn of Cafe Carmo, Chef Alex Harrell of Angeline and Chef Michael Doyle of Maurepas Foods. Admission and live music are free with small plates and seasonal cocktails available for purchase.

Slow Meat

slowmeatSlow Food New Orleans also sent a delegation to Slow Meat in Denver earlier this month. Slow Food New Orleans board member Seth Hamstead, farmer/rancher Chris George and boucherie-master Toby Rodriguez gathered with people across the nation who are developing sustainable alternatives to industrialized meat. Seth has been very involved in promoting pastured local meats in New Orleans and is a partner of Continental Provisions in the French Market. Chris operates the George Family Farm in Eclectic, Alabama that specializes in raising heritage breeds of cattle, pigs and sheep along with employing sustainable methods to grow heirloom vegetables. Toby Rodriguez operates Lache Pas Boucherie in Lafayette. Stay tuned for more delicious news and events from this Slow Meat group.

Composting & Gardening with Slow Food New Orleans

slowfoodtruckSlow Food New Orleans is picking up vegetable waste from 1,000 Figs, Cafe Degas & CC’s Coffee on Esplanade and mixing it with the bags of leaves left along the streets of Faubourg St. John to make rich compost and soil for the Slow Food Garden. Anyone interested in assisting with the garden and compost are welcome to join us as we compost and grow Good, Clean and Fair Food. The garden is located on the corner of St. Philip and North Dupre in Faubourg St. John.

Slow Food Membership
Please become a member of Slow Food and join people from 160+ countries in this grassroots movement to promote Good, Clean and Fair Food for everyone. Join online through the Slow Food USA membership site. Be sure to select Slow Food New Orleans, on the e-form, as your Primary Chapter so that you will appear on our membership roster.

Slow Food Social Media Outlets
Slow Food NOLA now has more ways for you to follow and participate in the latest developments in the world of Good, Clean and Fair Food. You have the options to follow us on Facebook & Twitter. Year 3 of Slow Food NOLA will see us developing programs and committees around the Slow Food Ark of Taste, the Snail of Approval program, Food Communities in addition to welcoming the world of Slow Fish to New Orleans. Please use these social media outlets to follow our progress in these areas and become involved in YOUR Slow Food New Orleans chapter.