The Slow Food movement was initially founded by Italian Carlo Petrini in the mid-1980s as a way to counteract our "fast" culture, which, among many other things, affected the way we eat. Now Slow Food is a global (yet very local) interest group that advocates for sustainable food. In a giant stroke, Slow Food is about slowing down to eat -- thinking about flavor, place and, most important, the people around you at the dinner table.
Liz Goulding has recently stepped into the leadership role of the Dallas chapter of Slow Food. Along with the members of the group, Goulding is kicking off what she hopes to be the first in a long series of informal gatherings about "Why Local Food Matters."