Editor's note: Over the weekend, we sent Serious Eats San Francisco correspondent Jennifer Maiser to Slow Food Nation. This is her final dispatch from the event. I left Slow Food Nation yesterday feeling extremely conflicted, and I am not the only one. Some friends who are exemplary students of the slow food way of life avoided the event entirely, choosing instead to preserve their local bounty, have delicious meals, and volunteer at a local farm. One coined the phrase, "slow food is for life, not just for Labor Day," which I just love because it is a reminder that a lot of us live the "slow" way of eating every day by eating food from artisan producers, making our own...
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Of all the Slow Food Nation program, the Marketplace seemed to be the most in line with the goal to reach the general public. The Victory Garden was the cornerstone of the location, a quarter-acre vegetable and herb garden. Originally planted in July, the garden's plants were high and lush for this weekend.
On Friday night, I visited a preview of the Slow Food Nation Taste Pavilion, a 50,000 square foot arena where guests could taste artisanal foods from around the U.S. broken into several individual areas: Beer, Wine, Spirits, Ice Cream, Bread, Pickles & Chutney, etc. It was there that we saw chef David Chang give a cooking demo.