Carlo Petrini Visits Denver

Carlo Petrini, founder of the International Slow Food Movement, visits Denver April 27-28

Mr. Petrini to speak at University of Denver, visit crop mob and school garden projects,
and attend a dinner to celebrate the local food community

Carlo Petrini came to prominence in the 1980s for leading a campaign to preserve Italian food sovereignty after the opening of a McDonald’s near the Spanish Steps in Rome – and so the International Slow Food Movement was born. In 2004, he was chosen as a Time Magazine “Hero of the Year.” Today, Slow Food USA has more than 250,000 members in 150 countries worldwide, 19,000 members, and 200+ chapters nationwide. Petrini will be here to speak on the global food system, meet with national and regional Slow Food leaders and, to see firsthand the myriad of projects that Slow Food has undertaken in the Rocky Mountains. He will be joined by Slow Food USA Executive Director Richard McCarthy.

At the University of Denver Mr. Petrini will speak to students at the Josef Korbel Scool of International Studies about a ‘New Paradigm in the Global Food System’. “We are honored to host Carlo Petrini, founder of the Slow Food movement, at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies,” said Dean of the School Ambassador Christopher Hill. “Many of the students and faculty at the Josef Korbel School are interested in international food security—we look forward to hearing from a leader of the grassroots movement dedicated to providing access to good, clean, and fair food for each citizen of the global community.

In addition to the talk with students at DU, Mr. Petrini will be here to convene a regional leaders meeting and a celebratory dinner with local members, Slow Food’s Terra Madre delegates and other key stakeholders in Denver. The sold out dinner will benefit Slow Food International’s 1000 Gardens in Africa project and feature local chefs Brian Laird of Sarto’s, Bob Blair of Fuel Café, David Bravdica of Brava Pizzeria, and Bill Greenwood of Beano’s Cabin, along with the best in local food, music and community celebration.

“We are excited to share the innovative and profound programs developed here with our founder and the world wide food movement. The work being done on the ground by our volunteer based organization is changing the food landscape at schools and in communities nationwide. To integrate this Slow Food USA work with the international work being done, 1000 Gardens in Africa, for example, connects us beyond our borders through his global vision. It’s very inspirational” said Matt Jones, a member of the Slow Food USA Board of Directors.