Sometimes it’s good to be fast. Running fast, driving a fast car, being fast at your job — being fast is often a sign of power and efficiency. However, when it comes to food, fast isn’t always good. Sure, fast food may taste good, but have you considered where that juicy hamburger meat came from? What chemicals are used on the vegetables to keep them fresh? How much gasoline was used shipping the discounted food across the country to your neighborhood?
Slow Food is a global, grassroots movement that focuses on preparing delicious food with a commitment to the community and the environment. More than 100,000 people in 150 countries have joined the international Slow Food organization while thousands more embrace the concept of good food that is good for those who grow it and good for the planet.
Slow Food Denver is one of 200 Slow Food chapters in the U.S. The Denver chapter has more than 150 members that are dedicated to preserving food traditions and heritage, supporting local food producers and purveyors, promoting sustainable agriculture, influencing food policy, protecting biodiversity, and educating members, school children and the greater community about the pleasures of growing and eating food.
Slow Food Denver has formed the Seed to Table program, aimed at Denver’s school children. The group works closely with Denver area schools to teach students where their food comes from, how to prepare it, who grows it, the importance of food choices and the pleasure of sharing with friends and family. Slow Food Denver, along with some partners, has coordinated the Denver Youth Farmers’ Markets, Garden to Cafeteria project, and has worked to increase local products in school lunch and promote scratch cooking in schools.
Serendipity is supportive of the Slow Food movement. Colorado grass-fed buffalo and Colorado trout are featured on some of Serendipity’s menus along with vegetables grown especially for Serendipity on a farm south of Denver. Serendipity also participates in an active composting program that results in local soils being enriched.
“While we take inspiration for our food from around the world, we always consider what local ingredients can be incorporated into the recipes,” said Laura Zaspel, co-owner of Serendipity and green event specialist. “We are committed to working with local growers as much as possible.”
You too can work with local growers. Slow Food Boulder County has published a Colorado Farm Fresh directory. The 2011 edition of the directory features more than farms, ranches, roadside stands, u-picks, Community Supported Agriculture programs and agritourism operations as well as nearly 100 farmers’ markets across the state. The directory is free and can be downloaded at:
The Colorado Department of Agriculture’s website features recipes inspired by Colorado ingredients. From appetizers to entrees to desserts, there are great Colorado dishes to be found.