In an effort to keep us all informed on the latest in the Slow Food movement Philadelphia’s local chapter recently began its fall workshop series. This year, we can look forward to learning more about Philly’s local food movement, fair trade chocolate, the local coffee roasting community and even some Thanksgiving menu planning assistance.
First up is Breadbasket, a program that Slow Food Philly is putting on in support of Food Day 2012 on October 7th at the World Cafe Live in West Philly. The event will be centered around uncovering the breadth of Philly’s local food scene and will include a powerhouse line up of local food stars including their keynote speaker and always delightfully entertaining, Rick Nichols.
Additionally, a number of chefs from the Philadelphia chapter of the Les Dames d’Escoffier Society will be preparing lunch. The program begins at 11:00AM and lunch will be served beginning at 1:30. The cost to attend is $25, or $15 for students with ID. Tickets can be purchased online in advance.
Slow Food Philadelphia Fall Seminars
Tickets: $20, purchase advance online
When: Thursday evenings, from 7-9pm
Location: The Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College, 4100 Walnut Street (entrance on 41st Street)
Free Parking: 4207 Walnut Street
Chocolate Growers Seminar and Tasting – Thursday, October 18th
Kallari Cacao Growers Cooperative from Ecuador, in a rare visit to Philly, will discuss their cacao farms and provide a tasting of their amazing chocolate. Kallari produces Fair Trade certified (and BTW, October is Fair Trade month) and Direct Trade chocolate. A must for all chocolate lovers!
Thanksgiving Prep: A workshop with Fair Food – Thursday, November 15
Fair Food Philly, a leader in local, sustainable and seriously delicious food, will depart from their popular stall in Reading Terminal Market to unleash their Thanksgiving knowledge upon us. Fair Food is the go-to organization to order a locally raised, heritage breed turkey to grace your Thanksgiving dinner table.
Coffee Roasting Seminar – Thursday, December 13
Joe Cesa, of Philly Fair Trade Roasters, is a former Restaurant School grad who opened Philadelphia’s first fair trade coffeehouse in 2002. Joe will explain the differences of coffee grading, fair trade vs. conventional market coffee, the living and working conditions of coffee producers and small-batch roasting techniques. Joe will also lead the class in a coffee tasting.