MISSIONSlow Food is an international organization of more than 80,000 members in over 100 countries, dedicated to protecting the pleasures of the table from the homogenization of modern fast food and life, promoting gastronomic culture, developing taste education, conserving agricultural biodiversity and protecting traditional foods at risk of extinction. Slow Food Charleston is one of more than 200 chapters that comprise Slow Food USA.
In addition to upholding the Slow Food mission of ensuring that food is Good, Clean and Fair, our Charleston chapter focuses its primary efforts on preserving and sharing our local foods and low-country traditions by:
- Defending and advocating policies that promote holistic alternatives to the industrial system.
- Raising awareness of culturally significant heritage foods, customs and recipes, and teaching the next generation how to grow, prepare and share food responsibly.
- Connecting people to the land and to one another through local projects, tastings, workshops and shared meals.
- Recognizing and promoting food producers, artisans, purveyors, chefs and restauranteurs who contribute meaningfully to the quality, authenticity, and sustainability of the food system that feeds us.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Carrie Larson, Board Chair
Sterling Eason, Vice Chair
Carole Addlestone, Secretary
Kerry Welch, Communications Chair
Angie Pitts, Chef Coordinator
Kenneth Brinkman, Education Chair
Jessica Diaz, Ark of Taste Chair
Dena Davis, Volunteer Coordinator
Ashley Hay Mitchell, Slow Fish Coordinator
Becky Burke, South Carolina Governor
Jodi Sutley, Communications and Social Media
Katie Wells, Communications and Social Media
Kellie Holmes, Member at Large and Slow Wine Coordinator
Lauren Mowery, Member at Large and Slow Wine Coordinator
Celia Ballou, Member at Large
Sara Couch, Member at Large
Hannah Chapman, Member at Large
Rachel Vranken, Member at Large
Virginia Carlsten, Member at Large
Edward Crouse, Member at Large
Julia Shaffer, Slow Food USA Board Co-Chair and chapter advisor
Kevin Mitchell, Slow Food USA Board and chapter advisor