Are you Ready for the Slow Food Challenge?

September 16, 2011

Are you ready for the Slow Food Challenge? Yes, Slow Food USA is challenging you and your community to cook a delicious slow food meal for $5 a person. Find out more here

Slow Food USA, a Brooklyn based sustainable food and farming nonprofit that believes everyone has the right to good, clean, and fair food is challenging consumers. Slow Food USA advocates for food and farming policy that is good for the public, good for farmers and workers, and good for the planet. Through hundreds of volunteer-led local projects, national advocacy campaigns, trainings and education, Slow Food USA seeks to transform our food and farming system through the power of everyday people.

So what’s the challenge? Well on Saturday September 17, Slow Food USA is inviting you to take back the 'value meal' by getting together with family, friends and neighbors for a slow food meal that costs no more than $5 per person.

Slow Food believes that slow food shouldn't have to cost more than fast food. It’s the 5 dollar challenge. The challenge is encouraging those of you who know how to cook, to teach others, and those who want to learn to speak up! Through this movement slow foodies are hoping to spread and change the idea that too many people live in communities where it's harder to buy fruit than sugary cereals.

Slow Food hopes to “take back the value meal,” said Josh Viertel, president of Slow Food USA. “Fast food shouldn’t have to be cheaper than slow food.” Josh also comments that slow food is, “the exact opposite of an over-packaged, nutritionally-void meal from a fast food chain – a healthy, home-cooked meal made from local ingredients.
In short, eating “slower” at home can mean healthier families and a healthier planet.”

Tomorrow, and for the rest of the month, “potluck pop-ups” will be held all over the country to prove the point, including large-scale community meals thrown by college students in Wisconsin and farmers in Florida and a “Food Truckus Ruckus” in Louisville – where food trucks will sell locally-grown meals for five dollars.

Check the Slow Food website for events in your area, or to host an event of your own.