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A dinner, forum and farmers market in honor of
Slow Food Minnesota's delegates to the Terra Madre conference
Sunday, December 17, 1 to 5 p.m. :: Martin Luther King Recreation Center :: Minneapolis

The sun shone through the clerestory windows of the meeting room at Martin Luther King park onto 70 Slow Food enthusiasts seated at long communal tables topped with deep green cloths and set with our convivium’s white dinnerware. Guests enjoyed a cheese course as the program began. (One cheese was the first Big Woods Blue produced by Shepherd’s Way Farms since an arsonist set fire to their property two years ago. The flavor was magnificent! We drank freshly pressed apple cider — floral, and not-too-sweet — which was a perfect foil for the cheese [given that alcohol was not permitted].)

(Left to right) Tammy and Steve Schotthofer, Lori and Alan Callister and Florence Minar.

The first speakers were Slow Food Minnesota’s delegates to Terra Madre 2006, Lori and Alan Callister of Callister Farm, Dave and Florence Minar of Cedar Summit Farm and Tammy and Steve Schotthofer of Promised Land Farm. They discussed their experiences in Turin and showed pictures. Stephen Read of Shepherd’s Way, a delegate to the 2004 Terra Madre conference added his thoughts. Ron Huff moderated. Everyone agreed that being among thousands of artisanal producers and seeing and tasting the foods they make was inspiring.

Allen Richards

Next Allen Richards talked about the White Earth Land Recovery Project. He discussed the importance of keeping genetically modified crops from mixing with natural strains. (WELRP wild rice is a Slow Food International Presidium crop. You may purchase some at www.nativeharvest.com.) The final speaker was Ken Meter of the Crossroads Resource Center, who presented and overview of Terra Madre and explained the concept of a micro-capital funding for sustainable farms.

Ken Meter

The dinner that followed featured coq au vin made with chicken from Callister Farm and a tagine made with lamb from Promised Land Farm. (The cooks were Ron Huff, Jane Rosemarin and Fred Stenborg, who spent an intense Saturday afternoon preparing 15 pounds of lamb and 36 pounds of chicken.) Attendees lined up at the buffet to choose among the potluck dishes and stews. Back at their seats, they enjoyed the food and conversation.

The dinner, top to bottom: cooking tagine and coq au vin, the buffet, lamb tagine, tamales, desserts, some diners.

Sunday’s final activity was a mini farmers market. For sale were eggs from Peggy Hanson and Frank Wright, chicken from the Callisters, lamb from the Schotthofers, sheep’s milk cheeses from Shepherd’s Way, pies made by Anne Dimock, ice cream and cream from Cedar Summit and jams from Prosper Valley Farm.

The farmers market, top to bottom: the Callisters, Dave Minar and Ron Huff, Promised Land's truck, fresh eggs.

Click here to see photos of Italy taken by our delegates >>

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