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Slow Food's $5 challenge - Why exactly is this pissing people off?

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Slow Food's $5 challenge - Why exactly is this pissing people off?

rworange | Dec 15, 2011 06:55 PM

I don't get it.

Chow has an article about Slow Food issuing the following challenge "You're invited to help take back the 'value meal' by getting together with family, friends and neighbors for a slow food meal that costs no more than $5 per person."

http://donate.slowfoodusa.org/site/Pa...

According to the Chow story, Slow Food's "most prominent members—famous cookbook authors, chefs, and leaders in the food movement—are embroiled in a bitter squabble stoked by angry emails, hurt feelings, accusations. According to one report, Alice Waters broke down in tears.

http://www.chow.com/food-news/101027/...

WTF?

It seems the people turning their backs on Slow Food think "Americans should spend more of their income on sustainably raised food from farmers’ markets and artisanal producers, rather than looking for deals on cheap, nonorganic, mass-produced stuff."

Here's why I don't get this.

I live in the SF Bay Area ... home of Alice Waters ... which probably has some of the most expensive artisan food in the country. I have had zero problem putting together ONE Slow Food meal for $5. Unlike Chow's statement, it does NOT mean eating "greens, beans, and grains, and this month, maybe winter squash"

Five dollars? Hell, I'd be eating chicken, fish, artisan sausages, even beef and fish.

Let me give an example

One of those Slow Food type of chickens would set me back $15. A bunch of carrots at the uber-organic farm $2.50. A pound of organic yams $1.50. That is just an easy to put together example and would feed four people ... $5 each.

Ok, not included in there are spices, oil or butter ... however those are infrequent purchases. So for a single meal, using the Slow Food versions of those maybe another buck.

Being more creative I could come in under $20 but I wanted to put together a uncomplicated meal.

Slow food beef stew for $5 per person ... hell, yes.

So why is Waters and group getting their panties in a knot? I am paying the prices these artisan farmers are asking. They are asking prices that support their businesses.

And BTW, former Slow Fooders... those artisan farmers who you want to get paid their fair share are relying in illegal immigrants to harvest their crops who are not sharing in the bounty. Where's your concern for them?

You would think these people would WANT more people to think creatively and start looking at eating slow food.

LIke anything, there are things I won't be buying ... the $200 Heritage turkey, the $20 jar of jam ... but there are plenty of choices out there that easily accomodate that budget ... if people keep their eyes open and pay attention.

Slow Food has always annoyed the hell out of me. Usually these people seem to have zero concept about how the average person eats and a good many of their events have been eye-rolling absurd. This is the first practical thing I've ever heard them propose ... and it is enraging their prominent members?

So I don't get it. I moved this to the discussion forum because I want to do more discusstion than the Chow format accomodates.

Seriously, what is wrong with this picture?

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