Slow Food Denver opens its doors

Want a quick course in Slow Food, the anti-fast-food movement started in Italy years ago by Carlo Petrini? Attend an informational open house from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. tonight at the home of a member in central Denver.

According to  Slow Food Denver president Krista Roberts, the discussion will include basic info about the organization, as well as other meaty topics to chew over.

"I've been involved for the last two years," she says, "and our biggest project is Seed to Table, our school gardens. We work with eighteen different schools in the Denver area and our goal is to educate kids about where food comes from. We're always very hands-on, with seedlings in the class and kids tending the garden, and then we harvest and cook with them."

But tonight's open house, which is sponsored by two members, will focus on a  project they're working on in Mexico. "They are raising awareness on the production and consumption of native organic corn," Roberts explains. "This involves improving the standard of living for the Mexican woman. It's not exactly local to Colorado, but we're trying to highlight what's going on there. Ron and Kippy Nigh started a slow food chapter in San Cristobal de Las Casas, Chiapa, Mexico. They'll be there to share experiences and how it's evolved."

If you want to be part of the group's future evolution, you can sign up at tonight's open house. You'll find full details on the web site.

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