My new website, suemuncaster.com, is up and running. This site supports my campaign for Teton County Commissioner. Until the election in November, the bulk of my work will go into that site. Please visit it, or enjoy this one.
“It’s about good, clean, fair food; not necessarily organic, but good for your body, good for people who grow it, and involves lots of protection of farmers around the world and small-scale food production,” she said. Muncaster became interested in the slow foods movement eight years ago while researching ideas for a cookbook based on local and sustainable foods. While Muncaster said that Teton Valley has a great local food scene, the price of local beef and pork is often more than her family can afford. With sustainability and the health of her family in mind, she looked to the forests and foothills of the Tetons as a way to fill the freezer, and also as a way to participate in an age-old tradition.
When you open the door to the grow room you are greeted with the message “There’s nothing left to do but smile, smile, smile.” Scotty and I have a solid desire to rebuild and a fluid plan to do it. This time around we are committed to designing and conducting a business that will increase production, reduce unit costs, and hopefully find that elusive sweet spot where food is local and fresh but with enough volume enough to make the venture economically viable and sustainable.
We are seeking a part-time Executive Director (estimated 10 hours per week to start with room for growth).
I was interviewed recently for this fun article by local Deb Debaracato. It’s true… Nico will barely leave the kitchen. Had to bribe him last night with Bob the Builder because he insisted he needed to make pesto.
Best Pie in the Tetons! Enter your best home-baked pie at the Slow Food booth at the Tin Cup Challenge on July 16
A full, searchable list of resources available at the Outreach Center can be found at www.librarything.com/profile/tetonslowfood where the collection can be viewed or searched by tags, complete with ratings. Donations or loans to the library and kitchen exchange are welcome as long as they fit our categories.
If we stopped today, I’d say our vision of a diverse and vibrant food community has become a reality. But we are just getting started…
Carlo Petrini, Founder of Slow Food
“We are the fastest growing peaceful army in the world. The politicians don’t understand yet.”
A fun discussion followed about the classic Italian housewife and what she might look for in a table grating cheese—please nothing less than 24 months old—it’s much too soft and sticks to the grater! I’d die for the option to be so picky.
We’ll be eating, writing, guiding and parenting our way across Italy in preparation for Terra Madre and Salone Del Gusto 2010 in Torino. Join US!
7 pitch limestone cliffs overhanging the Italian Riviera? Biking through hilly vineyards? Ancient cheese makers? Squashing grapes? Via Ferratas along the Ligurian Alps? Cooking School? We’re gonna do it all…
Selfish as it may seem at a glance, the first step toward eating with the future of the planet in mind may be to indulge. To take care of our bodies, our souls, and the earth, let us eat slowly.
Muncaster discusses Ecogastronomy, the Slow Food, and Community and Family.
Co-presented with the Teton County Library, this feature-length documentary takes viewers across the nation to the diversified farms of the Hudson River and Willamette Valley, the urban food deserts of Harlem, and the kitchens of celebrated chefs.
Friday, Nov. 13 6-8 pm FREE
Teton County Library Auditorium
During the month of September only, your donation of any amount will make you a member of Slow Food USA.
September 7 Eat-Ins
Jackson Event: Picnic Style- 4-7 pm Miller Park
Teton Valley Event: Potluck Style 5-8 pm New Kindergarten Center
Best Overall: Ann Callison- Blueberry-Lemon Shortbread Pie
Best made with local Ingredients: Mary Mullaney- Huckleberry Rhubarb Pie
Best Savory Pie: Tye Tilt- 4 Mushroom Pie
Most Artistic: Deirdre O’Connell- Rose Petal Pie
Best Heritage: Sara Willers- Strawberrry Rhubarb Pie with lattice crust
... a note on the words “REAL FOOD.” Unfortunately I think the term “real” is a value judgement and a bit of an insult to the lunch ladies who work hard here in the Tetons to feed our kids. It’s not that the food they serve isn’t “real,” it’s just that it could be a whole lot more nutritious, fresh, locally sourced, and made with sans trans fat, sugar, salt, pre-processed, etc.
Check out our summer newsletter to find out about our BEST PIE IN THE TETONS CONTEST, On the Farm Dinner Series, The Family Cow and More, Time For Lunch Campaign, The Tin Cup Challenge and more…
We have an opportunity to make a difference! We are going to convince our legislators to bring real food into our national school lunch program. Whether you’re a mom, student, activist, farmer, grandparent or Slow Food member, you can help make our collective voices heard.
This “celebration of local food” introduces local producers to consumers by providing a forum for sampling food and beverages and exchanging information.
The best response to an increasingly dire financial crisis is to take a deep breath and return to our communities, says the founder of Slow Food in the Tetons. Rather than gloom and doom, the changing season should inspire people to become more locally self-sufficient, Sue Muncaster says.
“I really think that the whole thing with the economy is evidence that we’ve lived out of control for too long,” said the Idaho-based organizer, writer and mother. “I think about how fast and fierce the ‘global financial crisis’ hit us. Imagine how fast and furious the inevitable global food crisis is going to hit us. It’s time to take action and just say no to fast food, processed food and big corporations.”
I think someday we’ll look back on these troubled times as the catalyst for one of the greatest movements in human history. A new president, a global economic crisis that will halt our insatiable consumption, an urgent regard for the environment, and best of all, a renewed passion for good, clean, fair food.
If I could, I would give everyone a snapshot of last week’s Harvest Garden Party. It was a joyful, cooperative, delicious, celebration of food grown and served by children attending summer camp at the Teton Valley Community School. It was what the Slow Food movement is all about.
I knew my 5-year old daughter “got it” when we were driving down the road in Teton Valley this spring and she shouted out the window a greeting to the fresh soil, when she had a tantrum about not being able to eat purple carrots in December, and when she recently helped me identify which weeds I needed to pull in our strawberry patch.
I have a dream that the Local Food Movement and the quest for good, clean, fair, food can help untie our diverse community. Reviving our local food economies has the potential to guarantee an accessible and affordable supply of healthy, fresh food from regional sources, preserve our agrarian heritage, strengthen our local economy and save our environment.
I’m not a famous chef, an artisan food producer or a wine expert. I’m someone living in the middle of the American Farm crisis, I’m terrified by the obesity epidemic, I love to cook for my family and I am desperate to help save what little cultural diversity has thus far survived globalization.
I had always been a follower. I was honored to realize I was now considered one of the leaders.
Everyone is touching on the idea is that what’s at stake is not just our own health and the health of our children, but the health of our relationships, the environment, and our communities.