Slow Food: A whole new meaning to eating slow

Slow Food: A whole new meaning to eating slow

Slow Food AustinSlowing down might be the fastest way to healthy living. Literally.

That’s because slow food is a mindful eating style aimed to counteract our fast-food lifestyle. And with the hustle and bustle of our day convenience generally trumps even the most healthy diet routines. However the advent of the slow food movement is here to restore balance to our fast-paced environment of eating through the use of conscientious agricultural methods.

According to the Slow Food website, this altruistic style of eating can be summarized in three words: Good, Clean & Fair. Good stands for fresh flavorful foods that are both seasonal and locally grown. Clean represents the condition of the environment, animal welfare, and our health through use of safe food production and consumption practices. Lastly, the meaning of fair refers to accessible prices for the consumer, as well as conditions and pay for small-scale producers. So what is slow food? Slow Food is an international movement that began in Italy in 1986. As an alternative to fast food, slow food strives to preserve local and regional cuisine by encouraging farming of the local ecosystem. Why should we care? The slow food concept benefits the consumer directly by offering a taste adventure for the palate. Fresh seasonal food is always a tastier option, which makes supporting the Austin locale that much more appealing. In addition to eating locally produced foods it’s simply a healthier way to consume, since no pesticides or chemicals are involved in the slow food process.

We can be part of the slow food movement through supporting local and organic farming methods of all varieties of food from plants and seeds to livestock. One of Austin’s newest restaurants promoting higher conscious cuisine is Trace, Slow Food Austinlocated inside the new and elegant W Austin Hotel in the heart of downtown Austin. Trace prides itself on featuring the finest flavors of Central Texas. At Trace, you will find only the freshest seasonal and native foods, sourced directly from the region’s surrounding farms.

If you are interested in learning more about slow food in your area, check out Slow Food Austin at slowfoodaustin.org and become part of the locally based Slow Food community.