Buon giorno food enthusiasts!
Attached you will find an invitation to an Italian dinner with a special purpose. Slow
Food Katy Trail and The Wine Cellar & Bistro invite you to Festa Italiana! , a casual
and delicious local-foods feast that will benefit our Slow Food chapter’s delegation to
the Terra Madre conference in Turin in October. Donating their talents to the cooking
and serving of the dinner will be chefs Craig Cyr and Brook Harlan.
This conference is held in the Piedmont region of Italy, where the Slow Food
organization was born more than 20 years ago. The five-day meeting will bring together
food communities, cooks, farmers, educators, food activists, academics, youth and
musicians from throughout the world. All who attend are united in a desire to promote
sustainable local food production in harmony with the environment, while respecting
knowledge handed down throughout the generations.
Although the biennial conference has been held since 2004, this will be Slow Food Katy
Trail’s first time to apply for representation there. We’re excited about the possibility of
sending a mid-Missouri food community delegation to “The Olympics” of the food
world. It’s high time that our region show the world what we have to offer!
We’re proud to nominate chef Craig Cyr, of The Wine Cellar & Bistro; chef/educator
Brook Harlan, of the Columbia Area Career Center Culinary Arts Program; farmer Julie
Walker, of Greystone Farm; and Walker Claridge, of The Root Cellar and Broadway
Brewery fame. Proceeds from this dinner will be used for plane fares. Conference costs
are covered by other sponsors upon arrival in Italy.
We’re able to offer this fabulous feast at such a reasonable price because of volunteer
assistance and generous donations. A special thanks to the Missouri Department of
Agriculture’s support of Missouri Legacy Beef and Show-Me Farms, whose local beef
products will be featured. Grazie mille to Glazer’s Midwest, Golden Barrel and Missouri
Beverage, who will keep the vino flowin