Snail-paced potluck

Illustration by Maria Ratinova

Founded in 1989 as a cheeky up-yours to fast food, the Slow Food movement aims to deliver “good, clean, fair food for all,” said Kelsey Maher, spokesperson for the Sacramento chapter of the international organization that far predates Farm-to-Fork. Seeking to educate about food traditions and sources, Slow Food locally supports a school garden program, a local chef’s alliance headed by Magpie Cafe’s Ed Roehr, a monthly book club and Slow Food University, which offers lessons on cooking and food-growing. If that sounds cool, you ought to check out the free Terra Madre Potluck on December 10 at 6 p.m. at the Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op (2820 R Street). Attendees can can meet the board of directors, hear from experts on a variety of food-related topics and sample the potluck that should include a bevy of vegetarian options. Guests should RSVP online, then (ideally) bring a dish and dining ware. Maher recommends keeping it simple with a bowl and spoon.