Archive for Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Labor Day potluck will feature ‘slow foods’

September 2, 2009


Though most people may think of Labor Day as one final chance to barbecue outside before the cold weather comes, local supporters of the international “slow food” movement want you to think of it as a day to eat in. From 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Monday at South Park, 1200 Mass., there will be a community potluck as part of Slow Food USA’s Time for Lunch National Day of Action.

The potluck is one of 150 in the United States on Monday and is aimed at improving the quality of food in our nation’s schools. The bill that encompasses the National School Lunch Program, the Child Nutrition Act, comes up for reauthorization by Congress this fall. Slow Food USA estimates that for each school lunch, only $1 is spent on food.

Rick Martin, executive chef at Free State Brewing Company, 636 Mass., is helping to organize the event. He says that compostable utensils and plates will be available and asks that attendees bring a covered dish made from local ingredients if possible. Guest speakers will discuss efforts to improve school lunches and how it relates to local growers, and there will also be local farmers showing off their products. The event is free. RSVP to or

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