Slow Sips in February: Inspirations from Terra Madre

Develop a taste for endangered foods.

Slow Food Seacoast presents Inspirations from Terra Madre, a sampling of foods from the Slow Food USA Ark of Taste program, Wednesday February 25, 5:30 – 7:30 at Moxy, 106 Penhallow Street, Portsmouth, NH. Tickets are $35 or $30 for Slow Food members.

Terra Madre is a gathering of world food communities that convenes bi-annually in Italy. Three delegates from the Seacoast – Spencer Montgomery, Amanda Parks and Kathy Gunst – will share stories of their experiences and how they were inspired to help save endangered foods. Chef Matt Louis and his talented kitchen crew will prepare tastings of local seafood, vegetables and beverages.

IMG_3318The focus of the evenings preparations will be on foods from Slow Food USA’s Ark of Taste program and include seafood, Abenaki Flint Corn and a variety of vegetables.  The Ark of Taste process involved the nomination and evaluation of traditional foods (heirloom plants and heritage breeds of animals) and subsequent “boarding” onto the Ark. Ark foods are then promoted through the motto “Eat it to Save it”. By creating a market for these foods, farmers are encouraged to produce more and thus save endangered species. Presentations will focus on these ideas and investigate whether the Ark model will work as well for fisheries as it does for agricultural products.

Advanced tickets can be purchased online.