Folks on ChowHound were so helpful during my eastward research trip, I thought I'd try again.
I am writing a book, to be published later this year by UI Press, about people in the Midwest who are living Slow Food's ideals in their everyday lives (whether they are members or not). Thus far, for example, I have visited with Noreen Warnock of the Greater Columbus Foodshed Alliance, seen an organic brewery in Ann Arbor, and watched blue cheese being made in Cresco, Iowa. I have found many other fascinating stories as well.
Now it is time for me hit the great plains. My next trip, in April, will take me through Nebraska and the Dakotas. Who is out there with a good "Slow Food" story that needs telling?
I really appreciate any leads y'all might have.
Chef Kurt Michael Friese
Slow Food USA Board of Governors
Director, Slow Food Iowa
Iowa City, Iowa