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A lot of talk is given to fast food and the restaurants that are associated with the “eat on the go” movement. However, there is a shift taking place right here in Chicago which prides itself on moving at a slower pace – actually tasting your meal and knowing that it was prepared through sustainable means. Slow Food, a not-for-profit organization believes that “the food we eat should taste good and that our food should be produced in a clean way that does not harm the environment, animal welfare or our health.” Additionally, Slow Food focuses on the producers, stating that they “should receive fair compensation for their work, and be treated with respect in their communities.”

With over 300 members associated with the Chicago chapter, eating slow is catching on fast. If you are interested in joining or simply want to learn more, bring your appetite to the 3rd Annual Goose Island Pig Roast on September 11, 2011 from 2-5p.m. at the Goose Island Beer Company, located at 1800 West Fulton Street. Featuring Slagel Farm pigs prepared by local chefs, beer and soft drinks by Goose Island Brewery, and coffee by Intelligenstia. Not interested in locally raised pork? A vegetarian dish will be provided by Uncommon Ground. Tickets are $60 dollars, proceeds benefiting Slow Food Chicago.

–  Evan Jones, Intern

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