How do you like your food? Slow with a heaping of healthy local goodness? That’s basically the mantra of Slow Food Shoreline, a chapter of the larger Slow Food USA organization. According to the SFS site:
“Slow Food Shoreline’s mission is to promote cooking and nutritional education, with a focus on using local ingredients, to improve the health of the region. Our focus is on teaching scratch cooking using whole ingredients, with an additional focus on fresh, local, and seasonal products. We believe that teaching core cooking skills and encouraging a love of food and cooking, is the best way for participants to sustain what they’ve learned and change eating habits long term, as well as become better informed consumers. Through cooking demonstrations, tastings, cooking classes, and other food education opportunities, we’ll provide the community with the confidence, knowledge, and motivation to build healthy and delicious food habits.”
We definitely are on board with this and think a focus on “slow” cooking from scratch and on local ingredients elevate not only the taste of the food, but also is pretty zen and meditative. If you can’t find yourself and your center by baking a batch of brownies or preparing a roast, you’re doing it wrong!
Well, we’re here to tell you about them because we’ve been following them for a while and saw recently that they’re hosting a great event called Slow Food’s Toast to Connecticut—Wine and Beer Tour. On Saturday, June 1, you’ll hitch a ride on the Slow Food charter bus starting at Stratford at 9 am then will hit up Stonington Vineyards, Cottrell Brewing Company, and Two Roads Brewery. During the day you’ll have wine and beer tastings, will get tours, you’ll have a lunch provided, you get special food pairings, and there’s even some chances for prizes. Tickets are $95, but so worth it because you get all of those great things, you get personal guided tours, you get to help out local CT businesses, and you get to be driven around and taken care of.
Just a few more notes:
- Proceeds go to Slow Food Shoreline‘s cooking education programs that are mentioned above.
- The entire day lasts from 9 am to around 6 pm.
- You have to be 21 or older, so make sure you have your ID on you.
- Make sure you bring cash to Cottrell Brewing Company if you want to buy some goodies to take home
- On a similar note, there’s lots of room on the bus to store your beer and wine purchases.
- You’ll be notified before the event where you should meet in Stratford.
Have any of you ever done a tour like this? What was your experience like? We did a similar kind of tour when we were in Spain and it was killer awesome. One of the coolest things was taking a tour of Freixnet and going down hundreds of feet through the cava cellars. The cheese and food pairings with their cavas after the tour were amazing.