Salone del Gusto!

Salone del Gusto, Terra Madre 2010
The Italian Market includes food from every region of Italy.

Coinciding with Terra Madre, Salone del Gusto is a fantastic food fair offering international and Italian food and drink to taste and purchase. Organic and locals foods in abundance.The Salone is open until 11:00PM, and for the past two evenings, I’ve eaten my dinner here. I’ve sampled delicious cheeses, Limoncello, cookies infused with saffron, handmade lorighittas in tomato sauce from Sardegna, lardo, gelato, oysters from Holland and the famous Barolo of Piedmont. Qui, ho mangiato bene!*
(Here, I have eaten well!)

Salone del Gusto, Terra Madre 2010, Stringing tomatoes
Stringing tomatoes for winter.Making traditional handmade lorighittas from Sardegna.
Terra Madre 2010, Salone del Gusto, Polese
Making traditional handmade lorighittas from Sardegna.
Salone del Gusto, Terra Madre 2010, Lorighittas from Sardegna
Traditional handmade Polese Lorighittas from Sardegna.
Salone del Gusto, Terra Madre 2010, roast pig
Local arrosto di maiale.
Salone del Gusto, Terra Madre 2010, Microgreens.
An beautiful array of - and delicious! - microgreens.

Ciao Torino!

I’m excited and proud to have been chosen as a delegate to represent Slow Food South Bay (SFSB) at Terra Madre in Italy this month.

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On October 21, more than 5,000 representatives from around the globe will meet in Turin, Italy, for the fourth biennial Terra Madre. The five-day conference coincides with the Salone del Gusto international food fair. Farmers, artisan producers, chefs, educators, youth and musicians will convene to promote sustainable local food production in support of Slow Food’s tenets of good, clean and fair.

Torino, Italy
Torino, Italia

I’ll join SFSB Board Chair Peter Ruddock and three leaders from our East Palo Alto food community Collective Roots – Anne Evans, Reverend Bob Hartley and Eron Sandler – at food workshops, lectures and forums. I plan to report back to you with Terra Madre “news you can use.”

Peg Champion at Donato Enoteca

     Welcoming guests at our Collective Roots benefit, Donato Enoteca

I’ve been preparing for the trip ever since this summer when I was chosen as an advocate. As vice chair of SFSB, I co-chaired our Terra Madre committee that staged a successful August benefit at Donato Enoteca to collect travel funds for our colleagues from Collective Roots. I’ve been taking Italian lessons from a wonderful teacher, Irene Corazza, to brush up on my verb tenses. I just finished reading Carlo Petrini’s book about the history of Terra Madre. And I’ve built a new website – Champion Organic Communications – focused on sustainability.

As a communications professional with more than 20 years in the business, I plan to bring back stories and photos from Terra Madre to our community. I’ll share everything locally and beyond through social media and my new website.

I’ll be blogging and tweeting from Italy, so please check for the latest at ChampionOrganic.com, subscribe to my RSS feed and follow me on Twitter @ChampionOrganic. You can participate in Terra Madre, too, through the open forums.

More soon from Torino!