The Slow Food movement began in 1986 in Italy with a protest of the opening of the first McDonalds on the Spanish Stairs in Rome. Slow Food envisions a future food system that is based on the principles of high quality and taste, environmental sustainability, and social justice –in essence, a food system that is good, clean and fair. Slow Food members are organized into local chapters or “convivia” and work at the grassroots level to carry out the local, national and international mission. Today Slow Food is 100,000 members strong, 1300 convivia (200 in USA), represented in over 100 countries.
Slow Food in the Tetons was founded by Teton Valley resident Sue Muncaster in 2006. While researching a book she was writing on conscientious eating she came across the Slow Food USA website and their approach to food, the environment, culture and family spoke to her in a way few other activist organizations had before. Muncaster’s passion for the local food movement and desire to contribute to a healthier, happier future for her children inspired her to open the chapter here in the Tetons.