October 2, 2009

Locally-Endangered Foods Highlight of SSU's Slow Food Day of "Good Eats, Good Music," Oct. 11

Food and its impact on contemporary culture, health and well-being is the theme of the Sonoma State University Slow Food chapter's "Good Eats, Good Music" on Sun., Oct. 11 from noon to 4 p.m. at the campus lakes area.

"Food is a common language and a universal right. Good, clean, fair food can no longer be considered a privilege; we must acknowledge it as a right," says Josh Viertel, President of Slow Food USA, who will be one of the keynotes speakers at the community event.

The lunch menu will be locally sourced, and will feature sustainably-raised chicken from Soul Food Farms of Solano County, Sonoma County baby potatoes, a baby-green lettuce salad and apple crisp made from the orchards of Western Sonoma County.

A pre-lunch wine and artisan cheese mixer is planned, during which time there will be a display of Slow Food chapter-sponsored projects to preserve locally-endangered foods such as the Bodega Bay Red Potato, the Gravenstein Apple and heritage turkey breeds, as well as programs that educate children through garden-to-table school activities.

Others expected to make remarks include Assemblywoman Noreen Evans, SSU President Dr. Ruben Arminana and Mark Arax, noted author of "West of the West: Dreamers, Believers, Builders, and Killers in the Golden State." Evans was the first U.S. politician to be a formal delegate to Slow Food's international sustainable-food conference held last year in Turino. Senate Majority Leader Dean Florez is also a possible attendee.

In addition to the speakers and displays, three bands are scheduled to play: The Easy Leaves, Open Market, and Blue Shift.

The Sonoma State University Slow Food student chapter is California's first, and the nation's eighth Slow Food college chapter. The chapter's mission is to promote quality locally produced food on campus and in the community. Information about it can be found at www.slowfoodssu.blogspot.com. Information about the national, non-profit organization Slow Food USA can be found at www.slowfoodusa.org.

Tickets are $38 for general admission and $25 for student admission. Tickets can be purchased at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/80256. Parking is free.

For further information, contact Sara Torf-Fulton, Slow Food SSU President, (805) 258-2684, torffult@sonoma.edu.

Jean Wasp
Media Relations Coordinator
University Affairs
(707) 664-2057