Slow Food Pee Dee
About the event
Orangeland, the great neighborhood fish market and restaurant located at 711 S. Irby St. will be hosting a Slow Food Pee Dee Potlock May 20, 2012 at 6:30 PM. Please check out the Facebook page or visit Orangeland booth at the Downtown Farmers' Market for more information.
What is Slow Food?
There are more than 31,000 McDonald's restaurants worldwide. These 31,000 restaurants operate in 119 countries and on six continents. Every day 47 million people make a trip to the McDonald’s counter for quick fix food – burgers, fries, chicken-nuggets, sodas and milkshakes are ready in mere seconds.
Globalization has allowed fast food restaurants around the world to sell cheap and homogenous meals for only a few bucks.
But in 1986, when McDonald’s dared opened a branch in Rome, near the Scalinata della Trinita die Monti, also known as the Spanish Steps, Italian journalist and gourmet Carlo Petrini decided to put up a fight against the homogenizing forces behind the Golden Arches.
Petrini and others gathered at the Spanish Steps to protest Mickey D’s infiltration into one of Rome’s historic landmarks and into the longstanding traditions and appreciation of true Italian food.
This protest led Petrini to found the Slow Food organization, which now has more than 100,000 members around the world. Petrini wasn’t just angry about a globalized McDonald’s burger replacing traditional Italian foods like prosciutto, carbonara and risotto. He knew that the fast food giant had the power to quickly corrode the community that previous food traditions created. Petrini wanted to preserve the way Italians have eaten for centuries: sitting around a table, eating local ingredients and enjoying the company of others during a meal.