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Slow Food vs. Fast Food?

-As Part
of Slow Food USA’s Campaign to Take Back the ‘Value Meal’,

Slow Food Urban San Diego Hosts
September 17th Event at Little Italy’s Amici Park

As part of Slow Food USA’s The $5 Challenge campaign to take back the ‘value meal’, Slow Food
Urban San Diego is proud to announce that it will be hosting ‘Together We Can
Take Back the Value Meal’ on Sept. 17, 2011 from 9:00a.m. – 1:30p.m.  The event will be open to the public and
will be held at Amici Park, located at Union Street, San Diego, CA 92101.  Slow Food Urban San Diego is an all
volunteer, local chapter of Slow Food USA,
a national non-profit
working for good, clean and fair food for all.


In response to a lack of access to fresh fruits
and vegetables, people eating more fast food than home-cooked meals and
increasing rates of diet-related disease, Slow Food USA’s recently launched
campaign is encouraging people across the country to cook slow food that costs
no more than five dollars per person, the cost of a typical fast food ‘value
meal’.  Attendees of Slow Food Urban
San Diego’s event will take a pledge to do the same.
  Supported by SD Weekly Markets, the event will take place
alongside the Little Italy Mercato, where vendors will be offering $5 lunch
alternatives.  At 12:00pm, the
community will gather in a lunchtime convivium.  Slow Food Urban San Diego will be on hand at Amici Park from
9:00a.m. – 1:30p.m. to answer questions and provide member services.


$5 Challenge
‘s overarching message is that slow food should
not have to cost more than fast food and that everyone has a right to it everyday.
Slow food – the opposite of fast food – is food that is good for those who eat
it, good for farmers and workers, and good for the planet.  


“This is an opportunity for the San Diego urban
community to demonstrate together that there is a choice, and that good, clean,
and fair food can be affordable and accessible,'” said Kristen Goodrich, a
board member of Slow Food San Diego.


The campaign officially launches on Sept. 17
with a National Day of Action.  Along
with Slow Food Urban San Diego, thousands of participants will be attending or
hosting hundreds of slow food gatherings nationwide.


“Right now, we have policies that make it
harder to feed our children fruit than Froot Loops.  But everyday, against the odds, people find ways to cook real
food on a budget.  We need to make
cooking and eating that way a possibility for everyone,” said Viertel,
president of Slow Food USA. “If you know how to cook slow food on a budget, The $5 Challenge is a chance to teach
someone. If you want to learn, it is a chance to get started. And it is a
chance for us all to unite and begin pushing for the change we need.”  

There has been a tremendous amount of support from communities across America and the media is catching on too!  From Chicago to New York, Washington DC to Detroit, the $5 Value Meal challenge is sparking the minds of eaters nationwide.  

For more information, please visit SlowFoodUSA.org/5Challenge.  

Join SFUSD on Aug. 27th for Fair Farm Bill mixer!

We’ll be celebrating at the World Beat Cultural Center with free food, live son jarocho music, and an amazing lineup of speakers that includes a member of Cesar Chavez’s original organizing team, a leader of the San Diego urban ag movement, statewide youth organizers, and SFUSD.  



In San Diego, around California, and across the nation, communities are taking action to make healthy, sustainable and fair food more accessible and to help farmers and farmworkers make a good living. Together we can take this work to the next level. Join us on the 27th for a Fair Farm Bill mixer to kick off the final leg of the Road Trip and build power for the changes we want to see in California! 


WHEN:  Sat. Aug. 27th
WHERE: World Beat Cultural Center in Balboa Park
San Diego  CA 92103


Be a part of Slow Food Urban San Diego’s First Community Food Swap!



Join us on Sunday June 12th at 12 PM @  The Linkery in North Park.  

Share your homemade and homegrown foodstuffs with other swappers. 


Bring your homemade jams, pickles, breads, crackers, world famous brownies, homegrown fruits, herbs or veggies to swap. Food swaps are gaining popularity across the country, as people reclaim a DIY lifestyle and want to share their incredible creations with their community. 


Come celebrate the amazing skills and creativity of your fellow San Diegans and take home some delicious treats in exchange for your own. Swapping takes place silent auction style, but there will be plenty of time to mingle with the other swappers and sample their wares.



Please see the attached participation agreement for details on what to bring and how the swap works. 


Slow Food Urban San Diego Food Swap Agreement 


Once you have completed the form, please email to: 


Slow Food Urban San Diego promotes the inclusion of good, clean and fair food, so please use local, sustainable and seasonal ingredients.  


The San Diego Farm Bureau seasonal calendar may aid in your inspiration: 



The swap will take place in the private room of the Linkery.  

*Their excellent food and beverage menu will be available for purchase.


Looking forward to sharing this first annual event with our slow food community!!