Slow Food envisions a world in which all people can eat food that is good for them, good for the people who grow it, and good for the planet (or good, clean and fair). Slow Food Chicago is a member-supported educational non-profit organization run by an all-volunteer Board of Directors and network of volunteers who help with operations and events. Slow Food Chicago is one of the largest chapters of Slow Food USA with more than 500 members and 5,000 supporters. Through events and programs, Slow Food Chicago advocates for renewed interest in and support for local food culture, promotes bio-diverse and sustainable producers and purveyors in the community, and brings people together through the common language of food.
As a Board Member from May 2015 - June 2016 I assisted in the outreach, planning and implementation of Slow Food Events and community partnerships. Highlights include teaching Canning Workshops for Kendall College (an Apple Chutney and a Frozen Blueberry Jam class), organizing a showcase of soups to represent Chicago's foodshed and cultural diversity, and co-planning the 2015 Annual Member Meeting. The relationships I formed through my time as Outreach & Partnerships Member remain important and substantial parts of my life.