History

History

The Slow Food Movement:

  • Celebrates untainted regional foods and encourages connections between farmers who resist industrialization and their consumers who care about the provenance of their food. 
  • It is an idea, a way of living, and a way of eating.
  • It is a global, grassroots movement with thousands of members around the world that links the pleasure of food with a commitment to community and the environment.

Slow Food USA:

  • There are more than 250,000 supporters, 25,000 members and 225 Slow Food USA chapters across the country
  • Each chapter promotes clean, healthy, local foods as well as the farmers and the producers behind them. 

Slow Food Baton Rouge:

  • With a culture centered around food, its rich agricultural history, and year round growing season, south Louisiana is a perfect place for a Slow Food chapter!
  • Slow Food BR began in 2009 with a handful of likeminded people. 
  • Events include: Film showings, farm tours, farm-to-table dinners, chef showcases, monthly local socials, urban agriculture workshops, Cooking Matters courses, a student- and volunteer-run urban farm in downtown, and Greauxing Healthy Baton Rouge, a rapidly growing farm-to-school program
  • As of Spring 2014, we have a five-member board of local food educators, advocates, and professionals, a full-time program director, a part-time program associate, and a Louisiana Delta Service Corps member.
  • Funding comes from individual contributions, a grant through the Mayor "Kip" Holden's Healthy BR Initiative, Whole Foods markets, and the Blue Cross/ Blue Shield Foundation, with institutional support from WRKF radio, LSU, and Southern University.