My journey to Italy was with high expectations of fabulous foods and wine to be eaten with the attitude that we had all the time in the world....to savor and enjoy.
After all, Italy was the birthplace of the Slow Food Movement.
The Slow Food movement was begun officially in 1986 when Carlo Petrini and a group of activists from the civic and social organization ARCI (1957; Associazione Ricreativa e Culturale Italiana) came together to formalize their unanimous concern for the swift decay of traditional food culture.
It was created to defend regional traditions, good food, gastronomic pleasure and a slow pace of life.
This revolutionary idea has become a global movement involving thousands of projects and millions of people in over 160 countries.
In over three decades of history, the movement has evolved to embrace a comprehensive approach to food that recognizes the strong connections between plate, planet, people, politics and culture.
In my next post I'll talk more about the food and culture that captivated us.