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Musings from Sonoma County's Slow Food Conviviati

Slow down, you move too fast
      You got to make the morning last
Kicking down the cobblestones
      Looking for love and feeling groovy.

                  --Paul Simon

      Not a bad ethic, eh?

      While I like to think life can be as simple as a skip in the park, the demands of most of our lives can at times make slowing down nearly impossible.

      In an effort to encourage a little more looking for love in our daily routine, would like to introduce you to the Slow Food Movement.

      While the irony of presenting this Manifesto at nearly the speed of light is obvious, I invite anyone with slow tendencies to speak your mind in this virtual forum.

      Please include a return address. Photos are welcome, but don't send originals. Anything sent on floppy with a hard copy would be most appreciated, and email works great, too. (Please email image files directly to the webmaster, though, rather than to Jack's mailbox, please.)

      Links to our "Slow Living" features are presented to the right.

The Editor
709 Fitch St.
Healdsburg, CA 95448

The Official Slow Food Manifesto:
Endorsed and approved by delegates in 20 countries in 1989

      Our century, which began and has developed under the insignia of industrial civilization, first invented the machine and then took it as its life model.

      We are enslaved by speed and have all succumbed to the same insidious virus: Fast Life, which disrupts our habits, pervades the privacy of our homes and forces us to eat Fast Foods.

      To be worthy of the name, Homo Sapiens, we should rid ourselves of speed before it reduces us to a species in danger of extinction.

      A firm defense of quiet material pleasure is the only way to oppose the universal folly of Fast Life.

      May suitable doses of guaranteed sensual pleasure and slow, long-lasting enjoyment preserve us from the contagion of the multitude who mistake frenzy for efficiency.

      Our defense should begin at the table with Slow Food. Let us rediscover the flavors and savors of regional cooking and banish the degrading effects of Fast Food.

      In the name of productivity, Fast Life has changed our way of being and threatens our environment and our landscapes. So Slow Food is now the only truly progressive answer.

      That is what real culture is all about: developing taste rather than demeaning it. And what better way to set about this than an international exchange of experiences, knowledge, projects?

      Slow Food guarantees a better future.

      Slow Food is an idea that needs plenty of qualified supporters who can help turn this (slow) motion into an international movement, with the little snail as its symbol.

Slow Food Features:

Great Food and Wine Radio!

"Mouthful with Michele Anna Jordan"

  Local author/chef Michele Anna Jordan hosts a wonderful hour of conversation with her guests each Sunday at 7 p.m. on KRCB 91.1 FM. I never fail to learn something new about food, wine and living well in California.

Slow Links

Contact Slow Food folks around the world, rapidly!

Slow Food International

Slow Food Portland

Slow Food Iowa

Photo: TS LLCWhat is VerJus?

Literally "green juice" in French, VerJus is the alternative to vinegar. Enhance your salad dressings, braising or poaching, marinades and drinks with Terra Sonoma VerJus.

VerJus brings out the natural flavors in foods to heighten your culinary adventures.

Terra Sonoma Food Company is located in Sonoma County's Alexander Valley.

Post Office Box 444
Geyserville, CA 95441
(707) 431 1382

Slow Food Links to Celebrated American Producers

Featured at the October 2002 Salone del Gusto in Turin

Deschutes Brewery
Bend, Oregon

Maker's Mark Distillery
Loretto, Kentucky

Robert Mondavi Winery
Oakville, CA

Marshall's Farm
American Canyon, CA

Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Co.
Point Reyes, CA

Roman Candy Company
New Orleans, LA

    Scharffen Berger Chocolate Maker, Inc.
Berkeley, CA

Sun Crest Peach
Fresno, CA

Tierra Vegetables
Healdsburg, CA

Tillamook County Creamery Assn.
Tillamook, OR

Vella Cheese Company
Sonoma, CA