Slow Food Atlanta Launches Slow Food at the Table Campaign

With the busy lives that pretty much everyone leads these days, it's become increasingly common and easy not to make time for the things that really count. Cell phones make never-ending phone calls and text messages a regular occurrence at all times, as do tablets and other handheld devices. One of the places and times where full attention should be given to not only the surroundings and the company, but also the food, is during a meal and one local Atlanta initiative is set to do something about it. Slow Food Atlanta has launched a local campaign to encourage people to slow down and enjoy their meal and their company without any distractions or interruptions. Find out more about the organization and how you can participate by "slowing down" for a meal! This February, Slow Food Atlanta is excited to announce its "Slow Food at the Table" campaign to inspire the Atlanta community to slow down and revive the deliberate practice of eating with others.

The local chapter of Slow Food USA and Slow Food International promotes good, clean and fair food while striving to counteract fast food and fast life. The Atlanta organization works to prevent the disappearance of local food traditions and people's dwindling interest in the food they eat, where it comes from, how it tastes and how our food choices affect the rest of the world. Slow Food Atlanta board member Stephanie Hass comments on the approachable, simple and low fuss character of the new campaign. "It's hard for any of us to be involved with Slow Food as much as we would like. Our lives move quickly in this city! So let's resolve to just be Slow Food. Together." From Saturday, February 1, through Monday, March 31, the "Slow Food at the Table" campaign symbolizes a collective call to action encouraging the act of planning any kind of meal with your friends, family and neighbors. There are no restrictions to the type of meal planned, but participants are encouraged to include seasonal menu items or products from local producers in the meal.

Slow Food Atlanta will be posting several meal theme ideas and inspirational recipes on their website throughout the campaign. "Slow Food at the Table" hosts will receive a "Slow Food Lives Here" yard sign to showcase in the yard, on a window or front door that can be proudly displayed year round. After meals are enjoyed, hosts will fill out an online form that will enter them to win the grand prize featuring two seats at an intimate cooking demonstration and private dinner hosted by Chefs Steven Satterfield and Asha Gomez at Third Space in Atlanta's Old Fourth Ward neighborhood. The form and photos from each event will need to be submitted to Slow Food Atlanta no later than Friday, April 4, in order to be eligible to participate in the drawing.
The winner will be chosen at random and will be announced in mid-April. To learn more about Slow Food Atlanta and the "Slow Food at the Table" campaign, visit About Slow Food Atlanta Slow Food Atlanta is a local chapter of Slow Food USA, a non-profit organization part of the global Slow Food network of over 150,000 members in more than 150 countries. Through a vast volunteer network of local chapters, youth and food communities, Slow Food USA links the pleasures of the table with a commitment to protect the community, culture, knowledge and environment that make this pleasure possible. Slow Food's mission as an international grassroots membership organization is good, clean and fair food for all. Officially founded in Italy in 1989, Slow Food's stated mission was to counter the disappearance of local food traditions and people's dwindling interest in the food they eat and where it comes from. Slow Food USA was founded in 2000 and now has over 200,000 supporters, 200 chapters and 12,000 members nationwide. For more information about the author, Danielle Jennings, please visit my Google+ profile page.