Interview: Liz Goulding, New Leader of Local Slow Food Movement on Why Local Matters
The Slow Food movement was initially founded by Italian Carlo Petrini in the mid-1980s as a way to counteract our "fast" culture, which, among many other things, affected the way we eat. Now Slow Food is a global (yet very local) interest group that advocates for sustainable food. In a giant stroke, Slow Food is about slowing down to eat -- thinking about flavor, place and, most important, the people around you at the dinner table.
Slow Food Dallas, meet your new leader. This should be fun ...
Liz Goulding has recently stepped into the leadership role of the Dallas chapter of Slow Food. Along with the members of the group, Goulding is kicking off what she hopes to be the first in a long series of informal gatherings about "Why Local Food Matters."
In the upcoming months, Slow Food will host dinners and various events aimed at supporting sustainable food (and drinks!) in Dallas. Goulding explains, "I have found that a lot of people are interested in 'good, clean, fair food' and are working on those issues through other groups, but have never heard of Slow Food."
If you fall into that category, or even if you're already savvy to Slow Food, catch up with the group at one of their events. Everyone is invited. The first meeting is next Tuesday, April 23, at Craft and Growler from 6 to 8 p.m.. They'll gather around the long communal tables, sip local beer and discus "Why Local Beer Matters."
Kevin Afghani, owner of Craft and Growler, will talk about his relationship with local breweries and Kevin Carr, founder of Community Beer Co., will share his passion for making beer for Dallas.
You'll want to make sure you purchase some beer though (obviously) because a portion of the money will go to support Slow Food's Urban Orchard initiative, which hopes to raise money to plant fruit trees in neighborhoods and community gardens.
Following is a chat with Goulding about her goals, dreams and aspirations as the new leader of the Slow Food movement.