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Scottish chefs write a menu for change as part of international Slow Food campaign.

As climate change becomes a global crisis, how can chefs make a difference? What can they do as buyers of food, taste leaders and educators? They are at the front line of leading change as the industrialised food system emits up to one-third of all human-caused greenhouse gas emissions, and the old choices are no longer […]
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Join our fight against climate change one meal at a time.

As climate change becomes a global crisis, how can we all make a difference? Food is a cause of climate change, with the industrialised food system responsible for up to one-third of all human-caused greenhouse gas emissions. Food is also a victim of climate change, as changing weather patterns and flooding affect crops and those […]
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Scottish cheesemaker joins raw milk debate at Slow Food’s International event.

A dozen students from Queen Margaret University’s Masters programme in Gastronomy are  attending the world’s largest gathering of cheesemakers, buyers and cheese enthusiasts, together with a raw-milk cheesemaker from Scotland. Entitled simply Cheese, the biannual event is organised by Slow Food International in its home town of Bra, near Turin in Northwest Italy. Bringing together […]
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The Chefs’ Alliance meets the Ark of Taste: a very sweet occasion.

Chef Alison Henderson showcases Colonsay Wildflower Honey, one of Scotland’s many Ark of Taste products. And shares a very summery recipe with a touch of the Irish. “In late July, Slow Food Edinburgh and the Chefs’ Alliance teamed up at The Edinburgh Food Festival to deliver a series of tastings and demonstrations highlighting Scottish foods […]
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Taking a slow break with Chef David Alexander

Vivian Maeda – Slow Food Scotland Chefs’ Alliance Coordinator stops by at Glenapp Castle and enjoys a slow coffee break with Chef David Alexander. Q: Chef David, tell me, you have worked in this industry for many years, what are the food trends for Scotland? A: Possibly not trends, but provenance and seasonality are both important to […]
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An alliance that’s good for food. And a great recipe.

There are turning points for all of us. And chefs are no exception. For Neil Forbes of Café St Honore it was the gathering of chefs at Terra Madre, the biennial global gathering of Slow Food in Italy. “It wasn’t that we were doing anything wrong. It was just that we as chefs could do […]
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Reporting on our activities.

As a registered charity, we have to report annually to OSCR, the official body regulating charities in Scotland. Our latest report is here: OSCR Trustees Report. After our latest AGM in December 2016, the minutes are here: AGM 2016 Minutes Reports were also made to the AGM on the Ark of Taste, and Terra Madre 2016. You […]
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Hello world! Joining the global Chefs’ Alliance.

Talented chefs from Scotland are leading the charge as Slow Food Chefs’ Alliance in the UK joins the international network of chefs across the world.  As the UK joins countries as diverse as Albania and Canada, Mexico and Italy, Slow Food’s Chefs’ Alliance project is now in 17 countries across the world. And chefs in […]
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Defending the small artisan producer: join the meeting Thurs 2 February.

……. News flash 10th January 2017 …….. PUBLIC MEETING in defence of artisan food and Errington Cheese: a message from the Committee For the Defence of Artisan Food. Following widespread disquiet amongst food lovers and small food companies over the treatment of the Errington Cheese Company by Food Standards Scotland, leading figures on the Scottish food […]
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Why do we do it?

So why do we do it? Slow Food, that is. Why do we volunteer? Why give up our time? And not just here, in Scotland. Why do we do it in England, Wales, Northern Ireland? In Europe, America, Asia, right across the world? Giving all those hours, all those skills, all that passion and commitment? Of […]
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A very special AGM

We’re all looking forward to our AGM on the 11th December, the first all-members meeting since we launched Slow Food Scotland in Edinburgh in November 2015. It’s no coincidence that we’re meeting just one day after Terra Madre Day, the date on which the whole global Slow Food network celebrates the wonderful local foods and […]
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A letter of support.

The following letter on behalf of the trustees of Slow Food Scotland has been sent to the Errington cheese-making family: Dear Selina, Humphrey, family and cheesemaking team Along with the rest of the food community, we were shocked at your recent news. It’s hard to imagine how you all must be feeling facing this onslaught […]
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The Scottish Chef Alliance is go.

Scottish Chef Alliance member Zoltan Szabo
Chefs and cooks have a powerful influence – from supporting small producers to influencing what we eat, from education to community projects, and beyond. Slow Food’s Scottish Chef Alliance recognises and supports those efforts as they help to build a ‘good, clean and fair’ food culture in Scotland. In the era of the celebrity TV […]
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Eleven more Scots boarders for the Ark of Taste.

This July has been the biggest month yet for Scottish foods joining the Slow Food Ark of Taste. Under the guidance of new Ark of Taste project leader Wendy Barrie, the latest 11 Scottish entrants represent a nearly 70% increase. This dramatic rise comes as the journal Science published a study analysing the variety of […]
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Our thoughts after Brexit.

Like many others, you will no doubt be reeling from last Friday’s news. We have clearly entered a period of great uncertainty and turmoil, and feel somewhat helpless in the face of events that seem to change from hour to hour. But we think there is a response to this situation that chimes with our […]
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Smokie and Haddie join the Ark

Smokie Pic
The iconic Arbroath Smokie and the Finnan Haddie are amongst a steady stream of Scottish products who have joined Slow Food’s global programme aimed at preserving traditional foods that are part of local culture.
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Building an Ark of Taste in Scotland

Building an Ark of Taste in Scotland
For the past month or so, I’ve been helping to develop a plan for Slow Food Scotland’s ambitious Ark of Taste project. If you’re not familiar with the Ark of Taste, its a fantastic program organised by the Slow Food Foundation for Biodiversity, based in Bra, Italy. In short, the Ark of Taste is an international catalogue of over 2500 plants, breeds, wild species, and processed products that belong to the cultures, history, and traditions of local communities around the world, and are at risk of extinction and/or of losing their essence due to the homogenization of the food industry. In many ways, I feel it is the Ark of Taste that gives Slow Food its integrity and soul, and is the core reason I am a member of Slow Food.
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