Our Mission: Good, Clean and Fair

Slow Food envisions a world in which all people can eat food that is good for them, good for the people who grow it and good for the planet.

Slow Food Chicago seeks to create dramatic and lasting change in our local food system to ensure equity, sustainability and pleasure in the food we eat.

We believe that: 

  • The food we eat should taste good and should be produced in a way that does not harm the environment, animal welfare or our health
  • Food producers should receive fair compensation for their work, and be treated with respect in their communities
  • All people should have access to good, clean and fair food

We are a member-supported educational non-profit organization run by an all-volunteer Board of Directors and network of volunteers who help with events, grantwriting, and operations. Slow Food Chicago is one of the largest chapters of Slow Food USA with more than 500 members and 5,000 supporters.

Through our events and programs, we

  1. Advocate for renewed interest in and support for our local food culture
  2. Promote biodiverse and sustainable producers and purveyors in our community.
  3. Bring people together through the common language of food

Read more about our history

About the movement

Slow Food first began as a small Italian association in 1986. Led by Carlo Petrini, Slow Food was created as a grassroots response to the increasing industrialization of food and standardization of taste. Carlo recognized that with the rise of fast food, thousands of food varieties and food traditions were disappearing, and that people were losing the connection between the plate and the planet.

To counter the fast food trend, Slow Food promotes alternatives to industrial food and farming, raises awareness of how our food impacts the environment, and supports the workers who produce our food.

Slow Food has grown rapidly since its birth in 1986, and today has more than 100,000 members with chapters in over 150 countries.