Being French and writing about food, it was only a matter of time before the topic of snails came up. Hold your stereotypes though. This post isn’t actually about snails (yummy escargots) as food, but snails (slow escargots) as symbols for a global movement that recognize and celebrate eateries and artisans who contribute good, clean, fair food to our community. Snails as the symbol for the slow food movement.
Let me start with a little history. In 1985, McDonalds set out to open its very Italian outpost near the Spanish Steps in Rome. A certain Carlo Petrini didn’t like that idea at all and expressed his disapproval by organizing a demonstration in which he and his followers brandished bowls of penne as weapons of prostest. The hamburgers won that battle and there approximately 390 McDonalds in Italy today. But the pasta didn’t give up on the fight 😉 From this local battle against fast food emerged the Slow Food philosophy which is now a global movement with 100,000 members in 1,300 local chapters, including a brand new one here in Washington, D.C.
■Roasted Pig prepared by Chef Robert Weland of Poste Moderne Brasserie
■Roasted Goat prepared by Chef Barry Koslow of Tallula and EatBar
■Roasted Lamb prepared by Chef Drew Trautmann
■Cocktails prepared by Mixtress Gina Chersevani of PS 7′s
■Desserts prepared by Pastry Chef Alison Reed of Cafe Saint-Ex
Tickets are $25 (in advance and $30 at the door) with all proceeds going to the Snail of Approval program and the DC Farm to Scool network. Tickets include a sampling from each station as well as 2 drink tickets though sadly, no escargots on the menu 😦
I guess you can’t really snack on your mascot now can you?