For people who like to cook, a dinner surrounded by your favorite local chefs is like dining with celebrities. Add to that the founder of the international Slow Food movement, Carlo Petrini, and it becomes a dream come true. Slow Food Atlanta is putting together an event to celebrate the tastes of the South with Petrini, who is on tour promoting his most recent book Terra Madre, and seven of Atlanta's best-known chefs to raise funds for the Terra Madre Foundation.
If you're not yet familiar with it, the Slow Food movement started in Italy in the late 1980s. It all started at the base of the famous Spanish Steps in Rome, where a new McDonald's location was proposed. In protest, Italians gathered to serve pasta to the tourists and prove that slow food (food that takes time to grow and prepare) beats out fast food any day.
As the movement has spread over the Atlantic to the US, it has taken on roles specific to this country and even more on the local level. Slow Food Atlanta dedicated the latter part of 2009 to helping Atlanta's local farmers devastated by the floods of that year.
So by sharing the table with Carlo Petrini, Linton Hopkins of Restaurant Eugene, Kevin Gillespie of Woodfire Grill (of Top Chef fame), Stephen Satterfield of Miller Union, Kevin Ouzts of The Spotted Trotter, Billy Allin of Cakes & Ale, Scott Peacock of Watershed, and Cathy Conway of Avalon Catering you're not only getting an evening of great food and entertainment, but you're helping the spread of good old-fashioned slow food throughout the world.
- $150 per person if purchased before Monday, February 15
- $175 per person if purchased after February 15
- $250 per person for VIP seating at Carlo Petrini’s table (limited availability)
- Sunday, February 21, 2010, 7:00pm
- Watershed Restaurant, 406 West Ponce de Leon Avenue, Decatur, GA 30030, 404.378.4900