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Programs and Event Overview

Slow Food Charleston Programs and Events

Slow Food Charleston is proud to support a number of projects within our community and internationally to promote clean, fair, food for all.

Chefs in Schools

Slow Food Charleston is working with local chefs to design and pilot a Chefs‐in‐Schools initiative in Charleston County Schools. Chefs are paired with a local elementary school and work with that school to implement a project that focuses students on the pleasures and benefits of choosing and eating healthier food. A nutritionist/dietician works with the chef to help students understand portions, nutrients, and food safety. If you have a school that would be interesting in learning more about this program please contact Becky Burke at locavorelawyer@gmail.com.


Slow Food Charleston hosts community potluck gatherings throughout the year at various locations. Guests are encouraged to bring a dish that is seasonal and cooked with a Slow Food philosophy in mind. Held on fishing docks, at our favorite restaurants, and local farms, these events are not to miss. Potlucks typically feature live music and are a great chance to mingle with other Slow Food folks. If you would like to host a potluck, please contact Becky Burke at locavorelawyer@gmail.com.

Slow Sips

Slow Sips is an informal networking happy hour where like-minded persons can collaborate and connect with what’s happening in the local food movement.  Slow Sips happy hours are held around town at various breweries, distilleries, and watering holes. If your business would like to host a Slow Sips happy hour, please contact Becky Burke at locavorelawyer@gmail.com.

10,000 Gardens in Africa

Creating 10,000 good, clean and fair food gardens in African schools and villages means guaranteeing communities have a supply of fresh, healthy food, but also training a network of leaders aware of the value of their land and their culture who can serve as protagonists for change and the continent’s future. Slow Food Charleston is a proud sponsor of a garden in Africa. To learn more about this project, please visit Slow Food International.

Ark of Taste

Slow Food Charleston is proud promoter of the Ark of Taste. The Ark of Taste is a living catalog of delicious and distinctive foods facing extinction. By identifying and championing these foods we keep them in production and on our plates. The Ark of Taste is a tool for farmers, ranchers, fishers, chefs, grocers, educators and consumers to seek out and celebrate our country’s diverse biological, cultural and culinary heritage. We aim to host dinners, events and educational workshops to engage the public in learning more about these foods. To view the Ark of Taste list, visit https://www.slowfoodusa.org/ark-of-taste-in-the-usa.