Help for Italy


In light of the recent earthquake in Central Italy, Slow Food Southwest Florida will be turning the focus of our event this weekend towards helping the people in this gastronomically vital region. The town of Amatrice is the namesake of the world-famous dish we know as pasta all’Amatriciana. The surrounding area is home to a number of indigenous and artisanal foods that are part of Slow Food International’s Arc of Taste where they are protected from extinction. Because we all have a seat at the global table of interdependence and culinary tradition, Slow Food Southwest Florida is joining Slow Food International in asking that restaurants around the world ask their patrons to donate one dollar for every dish of pasta all’Amatriciana sold, and then to match that dollar; donating $2 per plate directly to the recovery efforts of Amatrice and the surrounding areas.

We are asking the public to join us in kicking off this year-long campaign at Shangri-La Springs in Bonita Springs on Sunday, August 28 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. The event will still offer participants the opportunity to tour the lush herb and produce garden, attend a lecture on the principals and mission of Slow Food Southwest Florida and enjoy a small plate appetizer buffet prepared with seasonal foods freshly harvested from the landmark hotel’s grounds. A $10.00 donation at the door is requested and additional funds can be given to the recovery efforts.

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Courtney Fraser
Institute for Culinary Awareness Research and Education