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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.


The $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.  

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sustainable feast banner.jpgSustainable Feast presented by Kaiser Permanente & hosted by the Outdoor Education Foundation

WHEN:    April 2nd @ 10AM

WHERE:  Little Italy Mercato - Amici Park

                State St. and West Date St., San Diego CA 92101

The Sustainable Feast, a FREE event open to the public, will include live music courtesy of  the Teagan Taylor Trio, a muscially rising Jazz/Pop band and an Outdoor Education Zone with interactive science and nature inspired activities for kids of all ages. 

The event will pair local farms with some of San Diego's top chefs who will create a variety of delicious dishes, prepared up close and personal.  Restaurant Tasting tickets are available for purchase for $35 and include 10 culinary testing tents, a raffle ticket, and commemorative cookbook.   All tastings will be served in same size portions, therefore we are unable to provide various ticket levels.  Families are encouraged to share their tastings with their young children or purchase a tasting ticket for older children who would enjoy the variety of food offered at each station.  In addition to great food, a raffle will take place with exciting prizes.

Net proceeds from the Sustainable Feast will benefit the Outdoor Education Foundation's scholarship fund.

Check in will begin at 9:00 am.  During check in you will receive your dining card, one raffle ticket, and commemorative Sustainable Feast Cookbook.  Please make sure to bring your ticket with you.

To purchase Restaurant Tasting tickets and to learn more about the event, click here

Cooks Confab: Street Food!

Cooks Confab: Street Food!
At Little Italy Mercato
Saturday, December 5, 2009
From hot dogs and tacos to ceviche and pizelle, what's not to like? Each Confab chef will be set up in a stall and slinging the street food they love...100% of proceeds will be donated to ARTS-- A Reason To Survive. We also encourage you to bring along a new or gently-used musical instrument or unwrapped toy for the kids at ARTS.