Year End Reflection

Yay!! Slow Food Asheville!

As I was preparing the end of year chapter report for Slow Food USA I looked back and compiled a years worth of Slow Food Asheville programs, events, fundraisers, and accomplishments.  It was so thrilling to see all the things that this organization has done in just one year!

Major accomplishments include: helping Yanna Fishbone get the Nancy Hall Sweet Potato into the prestigious Ark of Taste, helping to send 9 Terra Madre delegates to the international conference in Italy, and helping to start a new Slow Food on Campus chapter at UNCA.

Also in the realm of accomplishments are all the fundraisers that we did over the past year. We raised over $3500 for the NC Organic Bread Flour Project at our Beer and BBQ event, we raised over $3000 for our FEAST program, and the Terra Madre delegates raised over $7000 at the Mountain Fire fundraiser.

Slow Food Asheville started a Heritage Food Committee in 2010 which will be working on documenting and preserving stories, recipes and food traditions.

We held all kinds of potlucks and dinners. We had a soup potluck, an Appalachian foods potluck, an Octoberfest potluck, a heritage foods potluck, an Earth Day potluck, a dinner focused on local and wild mushrooms, a pizza dinner, a farm tour picnic lunch, and a couple of pig roasts!!

We collaborated with several other organizations like the Bountiful Cities Project, Asheville Food and Environmental Film Festival, and the Organic Bread Flour Project, to help put on events and potlucks. In additon we held events highlighting local seasonal ingredients like eggs and strawberries.

Educational events included several movie screenings including The Real Dirt on Farmer John, and Lunch Lessons.
FEAST expanded the number of cooking classes offered this year, and also expanded to a few new locations.

I am so impressed with all the hard work and enthusiasm that made all of these things possible this year. With the amount of commitment I see in our Slow Food chapter I think we will be able to do great things again in 2011!

Cathy Cleary
Slow Food Asheville Board President