Culinary History Enthusiasts of Wisconsin Meeting
“Life in the Slow Lane: A Sampling of Local to Global Experiences With Our International Slow Food Family” is the topic of the Wednesday, April 1 meeting of the Culinary History Enthusiasts of Wisconsin (CHEW)
Susan Streich-Boldt of Slow Food Madison will take guests on a virtual trip around the world to see local, regional, national, and international projects that embrace the principles at the heart of Slow Food, according to an e-mail press release from CHEW. Streich-Boldt is a member of the leadership team of the Madison chapter of Slow Food and a charter member of CHEW. She instituted the Slow Food Sister City partnership with Mantova, Italy.
She'll also look at the Madison chapter's annual picnic at Crawford Farm in New Glarus, as well as Terra Madre, the international conference of food communities held in Turin, Italy. Streich-Boldt will show how the Slow Food movement promotes the principles of Good, Clean, and Fair:
Good: Food that is tasty, fresh, seasonal and pleasing to the senses,
Clean: Produced without damaging the earth's resources or harming human health,
Fair: Fair pay and decent workplace conditions for those who produce our food.
Also on the menu is beekeeper and CSA farmer Claire Strader (above), one of the Wisconsin delegates to Terra Madre 2008. Strader discovered an abundance of fascinating and sometimes strange honeys from around the world at Terra Madre and brought some home to Madison. She will bring a sampling to taste test.
Locally Strader is best known for her work as the organic farming educator for Community GroundWorks at Troy Community Farm in Madison. But this spring she also has the distinction of being the top vote-getter at whitehousefarmer.com, the site set up in response to Michael Pollan's NYTimes op-ed calling for a White House Farmer.
The CHEW meeting is at 7:15 p.m. at the Goodman Atwood Community Center, 149 Waubesa Street.
Professor J. Mark Kenoyer (Anthropology) will give an informal lecture in front of the hallway cases displaying his collection of wild-silk cocoons, implements, and textiles. Dr. Kenoyer has excavated the world’s oldest-known silk fiber from the Indus Valley site of Harappa. The objects on exhibit represent this tradition.
Unlike most textile exhibits, you will have a chance to touch the different wild silks at this free presentation from 5-5:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 1, in the hallway outside Rm. 333, School of Human Ecology, 1300 Linden Dr. The display itself will remain up through Spring term and can be seen when the building is open. For more information on the HLATC, click here.