Slow Food Films this Week

March 26, 2007

BBQ is a Noun BBQ is a Noun

Part of the Slow Food Piedmont Triad Film Series

Friday, March 30th at the green bean:  
341 south elm street, downtown greensboro
7:00 Slow Food Social
8:00 Film Screening – BBQ is a Noun

Free & open to the public, suggested donations welcome
Beverages and snacks available for purchase from the green bean.

In the Spring of 2002, Hawes Bostic and Austin McKenna set out to make a film that would set the record straight: Barbecue is a Noun . As one film subject put it, “If you use it as a verb, you can barbecue anything, but barbecue is roast pork.”

Barbecue is a Noun is the story of some very peculiar men who make a particular kind of barbecue. Their stories unfold in the small towns, strip malls, farms and backyards of North and South Carolina, conjuring insights into fading traditions andrising ambitions. Eccentric, dedicated, and patient to a fault, these men struggle against modernity and uncertain futures as the film unfolds.

Through the long hours of cooking, the camera captures extraordinary images of carcasses, smoke-filled rooms, glowing coals, swinging cleavers, and slowly roasting meat. Reputations are made, dreams are dashed and new legends are created from the fat-drenched embers of blackened pits.

Bring your story of your experience of North Carolina food traditions, pig or otherwise, for discussion after the film.

Also, the UNCG Sustainability Film Series presents The Future of Food in Jarrell Hall in Jackson Library Thursday night at 6:30.  Free and open to the public.


Slow Food Piedmont Triad Events This Week

March 18, 2007

 Tuesday, March 20, 2007: “The Slow Food Revolution”

The first Slow Food film of 2007 will be shown in Winston Salem at Parkway United Church of Christ, Fellowship Hall, 2151 Silas Creek Parkway (corner of Irving St. and across from Forsyth Tech). Parking lot accessible via Irving St.

Meet-up begins at 7:00 p.m., and the movie will begin at 7:30. Admission is free but we encourage donations to Slow Food to help defray the cost of our programs. Contact Laura Frazier for more info: 336-971-3834.

San Marzano tomatoes“Traditional foods are at risk of disappearing forever, as a speed-obsessed world turns increasingly to fast

foods. To counter this trend, there is an international gastro-economic movement known as Slow Food. Its aim is to protect traditional culture, the environment and biodiversity by encouraging regional food production. The movement is now active in 45 countries.

“This film travels around the globe to record this phenomenon. Italy is the home of the Slow Food movement and there is a revival of growing such regional foods as Bronte pistachios, Sorrento lemons and the original Neopolitan tomatoes. Towns,like Orvieto, have declared themselves to be “slow cities,” free of fast food outlets, neon and noise.

San Marzano tomatoes

“In Mexico indigenous farming communities have revived ancient ways, cultivating vanilla beans and the nutritious amaranth. In Australia there is an increasing interest in Aboriginal knowledge of native “bush tucker” and a school program reconnects children to the land and its riches. The Botanical Ark in Queensland grows endangered food from all over the world, saving plants from extinction. Beautifully photographed, Slow Food Revolution is a celebration of the sustainability, seasonality and quality of the earth’s bounty.”


inoculating mushroom logs

Mushroom Inoculation and Potluck at Handance Farm, March 24

A repeat event from last year, Pat and Brian Bush invites Slow Food members to learn about shiitake mushroom production by lending a hand with inoculating their logs with mushroom spawn. Explore their farm and relax with foodie friends at a potluck after the logs are finished.

1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Lend us a hand inoculating logs with shiitake spawn. Get some hands-on experience and help us get the work done.

5 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Take a tour of Handance Farm and learn more about the Slow Food movement.

    chickens at Handance Farm

6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Bring a covered dish and join us in a potluck.

Bring a potluck dish to share and folding chair if you like. Utensils and beverages provided. Wear work clothes and comfortable shoes (work gloves optional). Children are welcome at 3 p.m. for a special activity and potluck. Please leave dogs at home.

Rain date: March 31.

Directions: From Greensboro take Church St. Ext. north past Hwy 150 & 158 where it becomes Woolen Store Rd. and T’s into Ironworks Rd. Go right, then take the immediate left onto Sandy Cross Rd. Go approx. 2 miles (you’ll pass Breckenridge Mobile Home Park on right) and take left onto Baker Crossroad. Go about 200 yards and 2541 is the first house on the right (2-story white house with huge stump in front year, a big holly tree and boxwoods).