Throughout the month of October Slow-spirited restaurants, wineries, and wine shops across the country will donate a portion of their wine sales to Slow Food USA. The money will go toward ongoing Slow Food USA programs as well as to a special fund initiated for the small farmers, fishers, and food producers affected by Hurricane Katrina.
Among the millions of people affected by Katrina are hundreds of small farmers, fishers, and food producers. The struggle to stitch back together their businesses and their lives will take months, even years.
As an organization that has long worked to build viable relationships between food producers and consumers, Slow Food USA will use the funds raised during Slow Wine for Slow Food to strengthen the network of food communities in the South and across the United States. Slow Food USA believes that an alternative to industrial food production exists: one where food quality and variety are valued, small farmers thrive and links between producers and consumers are strong.
California restaurants participating in the program are:
++ Dover Canyon Winery, 4520 Vineyard Drive, Paso Robles, CA (805.237.9191);
++ Magnolia Pub & Brewery, 1398 Haight Street, San Francisco, CA (415.864.7468);
++ The Restaurant at Wente Vineyards, 5050 Arroyo Road, Livermore, CA (925.456.2489);
++ A.O.C., 8022 West 3rd Street, Los Angeles, CA (323.653.6359); and
++ Lucques, 8474 Melrose Avenue, West Hollywood, CA (323.655.6277).
A full list of participants is on the Slow Food USA site. If you know of a winery, restaurant, or wine retailer who subscribes to the Slow philosophy, please encourage them to join the ranks of Slow Wine for Slow Food supporters by contacting Josh Alper at Slow Food USA’s office (718.260.8000).