History of Slow Food Chicago
Slow Food Chicago has been active since 1998, and supports more initiatives and activities every year.
1998: 10 people gather informally for the first time in Chicago under the name of Slow Food. Slow Food is still firmly rooted in Italy; the national organization has not yet been created.
1999: Slow Food Chicago hosts its first event, Feast of the Senses, with Slow Food founder Carlo Petrini in attendance. At the end of 1999, Slow Food Chicago has 100 members.
2000: Slow Food USA, the national representative of Slow Food, is chartered by Slow Food International and opens its office in New York.
2001: Slow Food Chicago is formally founded on June 5.
2002: Slow Food Chicago founds the Sprouts program at Green City Market and in area schools.
2004: The Slow Food Guide to Chicago is published. The chapter initiates a series of successful neighborhood culinary walking tours, based on the guide book.
2004: Evanston SFC member Lynn Hyndman approaches Slow Food Chicago about starting an edible schoolyard at the Dawes Elementary school. The partnership led to a successful garden, one of the first edible schoolyard gardens in the area.
2004: Slow Food Chicago organizes a delegation of farmers from northern Illinois and northwest Indiana to represent the region at the first Terra Madre Congress in Turin.
2005: Slow Food Chicago helps organize the 2005 Farm Aid concert and tour in the Chicago area.
2005: The growth and interest in the movement is so large that Slow Food Chicago sees the need for a formal board and more managerial oversight of all the activities that are happening under its banner. The chapter transitions to a more formalized organization, with a governing Board of Directors.
2007 : While on a book tour promoting the publication of his book “Good, Clean, and Fair”, Carlo Petrini visits Chicago and gives a public lecture to over 700 people at the Northwestern University Law School’s Thorne Auditorium.
Today: Slow Food Chicago hosts dozens of events and initiatives every year, including workshops, tastings, farm-to-table dinners, the preSERVE garden in North Lawndale, book discussions, potlucks; and sponsors delegates to Slow Food’s international conference in Italy, Terra Madre.
Want to participate in a Slow Food Chicago event? See upcoming and past events here!
Gorgeous header photo by Eva Deitch