Slow Food and Meeting Alton Brown

Yeah, well, you know me… I have to hobnob with celebrities all day long… party, party, party.

Well…. if only.

More about Alton shortly. Here’s something else that’s very cool: Slow Food. Slow Food, you say? Yes, Slow Food, baby!

I’m talking about Slow Food Atlanta. It’s part of an international organization that promotes – and I quote from the national website

“…supporting and celebrating the food traditions of North America. From the spice of Cajun cooking to the purity of the organic movement; from animal breeds and heirloom varieties of fruits and vegetables to handcrafted wine and beer, farmhouse cheeses and other artisanal products; these foods are a part of our cultural identity…”

That, to me, is very cool. It gets better.

First, a special thanks to Julie at Slow Food Atlanta for having me over and treating me to a very nice experience. I appreciated it greatly!

Okay, I can tell you the food I ate as a young child was “original”. I grew up on a farm and basically 75% of the food I ate came from the two acre garden we had out back of the house. Yeah, two acres. Think about that now. It’s an amazing change. Every vegetable known to Southern Life was out there. The meat courses came form “other” sources, so to speak.

I often think about tradition and, as far as food goes, so do they. I don’t want to make this post way too long, so, I’ll invite you to have a look at the links below. This organization is very interesting to me and I think it will be to you as well. If you feel that food in American has somehow succumbed to industrialization and standardization you’ll be especially interested. The idea of traditional food needs to have press. I’m interviewing Julie with Slow Food Atlanta in the next few weeks and I’ll report back.

Now, as for Alton Brown: He’s TOTALLY WAY COOL. The Slow Food Atlanta group was selling his books at a table (a little fund raising) and I bought all three of his offerings, (gifts for my show hosts), and Alton was there to meet and great and sign books. We had a chat and he’s a very down to earth, great guy. He believes strongly in what he promotes on his show and I totally dig his ideas about food. You can check out Alton Brown on his homepage and on Food Network.

One more thing! The event was hosted by Repast Restaurant

I was very happy to meet owners and chefs, Joe Truex and his wonderful wife Mihoko Obunai. You’ve GOT to visit their Restaurant. (Website) The food is fantastic and the atmosphere is amazing. I’m going to be interviewing them soon and will, of course, report back.

Happy eating!

Slow Food Atlanta
Slow Food US
Slow Food International
Alton Brown
Alton Brown on Food Network
Repast Restaurant – Atlanta

1 Comment so far

  1. Paulie [eatl/ga] (unregistered) on September 15th, 2006 @ 2:10 pm

    I was lucky enough to be one of the test chefs for Alton’s first cookbook “I’m Just Here for the Food.” I got to meet him at Wine South and he was a really nice guy.

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