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SLOW FOOD SCOTLAND WELCOMES CARLO PETRINI
We were delighted to be asked to host a lunch for 'the father of the Slow Food' Carlo Petrini, who is recognised as one of the most important figures in world food and the defence of biodiversity.
Named by Time Magazine as a European ‘Hero of Our Time’, a ‘Champion of the Earth’ by the UN and the only Italian on The Guardian list of '50 people who could save the planet’, Carlo Petrini arrived in Scotland this week after his first visit to the founding congress of Slow Food in the UK in 2005.
We were joined by Slow Food Scotland members including chefs Shirley Spear, Graeme Pallister, Tom Lewis, Paul Wedgwood, Zoltan Szabo and Fred Berkmiller as well as figures from Scottish government and food journalism.
Lunch was served sharing style and included Richard Briggs Native Shetland mutton, Grierson Organic shin of beef stew and Peelham Farm charcuterie, East Lothian vegetables and local cheeses. We were also lucky enough to be joined by some of the producers: Sasha Grierson of Grierson Organic, Denise Walton of Peelham Farm, Patricia Stephen of Phantassie Organic and Selina Cairns of Errington Cheese.
Carlo is in Scotland for a very busy 5 days giving lectures in both Edinburgh and Glasgow, and meeting with local Slow Food members, leaders, chefs, producers, educators and government.
Needless to say, we were honoured and thrilled to see him enjoy Cafe hospitality and food. A simply wonderful - and memorable - afternoon!