Sunday, March 16, 2008

A journey of 1000 miles.....

....starts with a single step.

This is a possibly temporary spot to help coordinate the resurrection of Slow Food Carmel.

The basic goals and format of Slow Food can be found at Slow Food USA and the original international Slow Food site.

One of the basic premises of the Slow Food movement....and one of its most attractive aspects to me personally is its inclusive nature. Everyone is invited to the party.

Those of us who live, breathe and work in parallel with their goals and ideals tend to be, paradoxically, part of a very exclusive world. In the restaurant business, very few people put up with the amount of grief and actual hours it takes to maintain this course.....and it makes one grumpy and judgmental. How nice would it be to expand the horizons!

Initially, I invited a part of my industry friends with a proven sense of humor to this particular Carmel party....and a sprinkling of cognoscenti, amateurs and amateuses (usually the amateuses drag the amateurs around in their wake by some available body part, but that is a different story). I thought of a wine guy (Rich Tenguay), a polymath (Mark Chesebro), a farmer and cheese person (Jamie Collins), a fish guy (Dr. Coale from MLML....the man who was frank, funny, accurate and brave enough to refer to Moss Landing as a "drinking town with a fishing problem".....in print!), two media folk (Mary Brownfield and Scott Dick), several amateuses (Kathy, Cate, Maureen), and an educator (Tanja Roos).

So far: Scott, Mary, Jamie, Rich, Kathy and Cate (Ben) and Tanja have responded enthusiastically....but it has only been two days. Jamie has involved her friends the localvores, and is already planning a "my farm only" event at Serendipity. The last one we participated in with Jamie....the crowd wept three separate times.

Scott Dick and I spoke on KRXA on Saturday about this. Scott agreed to use his email (scott@tastyplanet.org) to collect names of interested folk.

I would hope to find ranchers, mushroom nuts, naturalists, photographers, musicians, more fish folk, Ted and Cindy from PassionFish, AJ Houston, writers, gardeners, hikers, etc to back up the work-a-day folk.

There is a lot to learn. There is a lot to experience.....a lot to share.

Ars longa, vita brevis.

1 comment:

kathy said...

Geez loueze Mr. Jones. Again, don’t you have enough on your plate? And then you go dragging us right along with you? I do believe the very first slow thing that YOU should do is sit down to a meal and let a few of us others serve you for a change. Deal?

Slow food was not founded in Italy in 1986. Slow food was ‘founded’ by my mother way, way back when – in the forties. My mother is 86 years old (don’t tell anyone I said that) and she still works full time in retail for god/dess’s sake. During Christmas! Without a lunch break. She goes to Pilates class twice a week.

Every Thursday she goes to MPC’s farmer’s market. Everyone knows her there. There’s always a bouquet of her favorite roses waiting for her. She buys every newly introduced food that shows up and figures out how to cook it better than anyone has ever cooked it before. Yes, I’m biased but I’m not lying. She picks up some tofu, naps it with a beautiful sauce and bakes it slowly in the oven for her favorite daughter. (Okay, her only daughter.)

She never goes to the doctor. And she’s never sick. She’s just a slow woman and how lucky am I to have had a slow cookin’ mama raise me on up?