Greetings Valley Snails!
Welcome to the Phoenix chapter (convivium) of Slow Food USA. We're your local contacts for the national (and international) organization. Although the name says Phoenix, we serve the entire Valley of the Sun and our membership ranges from Ahwatukee to Anthem and from Apache Junction to Avondale.
You can find out more about how we got started on our About Us page.
Many people picture a barren desert when they think of Phoenix and the Southwest. We prefer to celebrate our native foods such as mesquite, chile, prickly pear and churro lamb. We're also working to support and sustain our local agricultural producers of vegetables, citrus, peaches, beef and pork and to encourage our many, talented local restaurateurs. Many of our members are leaders in maintaining food traditions and ethnic food specialties. Most of us are everyday people who enjoy learning more about good food. We are particularly concerned about feeding our children and introducing them to our wide food community.
In the past, Phoenix convivium events have explored honey, tomatoes, lemon, mescal, chocolate, pit-roasted beef and pork, organic and fortified wines, tamales, locally-farmed vegetables and raw-milk cheeses. Our annual events range from Simple Soup Suppers to a yearly Farm Tour to our Slow Food in Schools events. Check out the Calendar for more information.
We encourage you to learn more about the Slow Lifestyle and to seek out local growers, restaurants and other businesses that support our objectives (our Lifestyles page).
To become a member of Slow Food Phoenix, you join Slow Food USA and they forward your information. We also accept prospective members on our local mailing list. You can subscribe to the e-mail list by contacting us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We're looking forward to enjoying a Slow meal with you soon!
Patty Emmert, Director
Patty Emmert is currently Local Foods Business Development Manager for Duncan Family Farms. Her passion is supporting local and seasonal foods and the food traditions of our communities.