Sunday, June 8, 2008

VINO LAS VEGAS learns about Slow Food USA at Southern Wine and Spirits in Las Vegas

Our environment these days is described by some to be very precarious. In many cases our food and seafood supply is in danger of disappearing all together.
Terms like Biodiversity , Bio dynamic and organic are terms that
we are beginning to hear more and more in the Food and Wine

Launched in Italy 20 years ago by Carlo Petrini, Slow Food was originally designed to protest the encroachment of fast food on the traditional Mediterranean lifestyle. The trend's principles—choosing locally grown and produced items, preparing them in traditional ways, and eating with friends and family—celebrate a relaxed approach to living that provides a welcome contrast to the fast-paced, eat-on-the-run lives many people lead.

Slow Food USA envisions a future food system that is based on the principles of high quality and taste, environmental sustainability, and social justice – in essence, a food system that is good, clean and fair. They seek to catalyze a broad cultural shift away from the destructive effects of an industrial food system and fast life; toward the regenerative cultural, social and economic benefits of a sustainable food system, regional food traditions, the pleasures of the table, and a slower and more harmonious rhythm of life.

In the US there are over 15,000 members that are organized into 170 chapters around the country. Vino Las Vegas attended a Slow Food Nevada event at Southern Wine and Spirits. We were very
pleased to hear that all food was grown or raised in Nevada.

Many people believe that Nevada is a barren desert state where
nothing much grows. At this event most of those detractors were
proved wrong. Michelin award wining Chef Alex Stratta prepared some of these flavorful dishes that featured figs, eggs, garlic , shallots and even Nevada grass raised beef.

Giovani Moro, owner of Nora's Winebar was the emcee and host of the event. After
hearing him speak , it really made an impact on us here at Vino Las Vegas. It is very important that we pay attention on how all of our food is produced. Many Chefs here in Las Vegas and around the world have really taken Slow Food's mission to heart to create some delicious dishes that are not only healthy but sustainable as well.

Giovani and Alex Stratta both have a passion to use high quality traditional foods that are produced through partnerships with farmers, fishers and breeders that are sustainable in today's world . This is a movement that forces us to focus on sustenance and promotes the revival of eating and protecting vegetables, grains and animal breeds that are at risk of disappearing. For more information about Slow Foods you can go to

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