Just returned from Slow Food Nation‘s Taste Pavilion, where we just spent the last four hours tasting everything from confit tuna with beans and tomatoes and sardines escabeche to smoked chocolate gelato. It was a great gathering of foodies who are not only interested in delicious food, but also in sustainable eating. The exhibits were pretty amazing, each divided up into the following categories:
- pickles & chutney
- ice cream
- olive oil
- honey & preserves
They apparently serve different foods at different times. Your ticket to the event is for a particular time frame. Ours was for 11am to 3pm today. One disappointment was that the pickles & chutney area had neither–their entire focus for the time we were there was on sauerkraut.
But otherwise, it was a huge organizational feat. The planners were trying to do a lot of things and overall I think they did really well. They had one area called Green Kitchen, where celebrity chefs the likes of Charlie Trotter and RIck Bayless spoke and demonstrated. Those were jam-packed. I can imagine next year moving those lectures to a larger pavilion outside the main hall to accommodate the teaming fans.
The day started out pretty gross–very dense fog and cold. But along the San Francisco Bay the sun (and sailboats in a regatta) came out, making for a gorgeous background to Fort Mason, where the Taste Pavilion was. Nearby was Slow Food Rocks, an all-day rock concert.
Tomorrow I’m heading to the market…see if I can pick up some fresh produce without going broke–we spotted some strawberries there for $8 a pint…the kind of price that elicits (and deserves!) the “this organic stuff is just for elitists” claims. I’m willing to pay extra to support organic small farmers (and in fact, Americans are spending, on average, 9.9 percent of their disposable income on food.Thirty years ago, that figure was 15.1 percent.) But I think asking $8 for a pint of strawberries is excessive.
In any case, here are some pictures from today’s adventures. Now…what to eat for dinner…