November 15, 2022 | 5pm
On the occasion of the Week of the Italian Cuisine in the World, the Embassy of Italy and the Italian Cultural Institute of Washington present the exhibition FOOD HEROES. The photographic display is dedicated to some regional emblematic and successful stories of virtuous personalities of the Italian food and wine scene.
From beekeepers in Friuli-Venezia Giulia to mussels farmers in Puglia, exploring the work of shepherds in Marche, winemaking in Liguria and Slow Food cuisine of Sicily, the images represent the Italian effort in food sustainability, craftsmanship and quality within their respective territories of origin.
After introductory remarks by Ambassador Mariangela Zappia, Slow Food USA representative Richard McCarthy will reveal the highlights of our exhibit, covering the Slow Food movement and other aspects connected to food sourcing. Authentic Italian Products Tasting to follow.
Embassy of Italy
3000 Whiteheaven Street NW
Washington, DC 20008
ABOUT RICHARD MCCARTHY
He is the co-founder of the Crescent City Farmers Market and its parent organization, Market Umbrella. For eighteen-years, he served as executive director, before taking the helm of Slow Food USA for six-years. He has been serving on the executive committee of Slow Food International since 2013 and a Slow Food member since 1998. A long-time advocate for urban-rural linkages, he co-founded Voice for Farmers Markets in the USA, the Farmers Market Coalition, as well as the World Farmers Market Coalition. In 2020, McCarthy joined other leaders in the public market field, most notably the HealthBridge Foundation in Canada and New York City’s Project for Public Spaces, to promote an ecosystems approach to public markets: Market Cities.
ABOUT SLOW FOOD
Slow Food is a non-profit organization that works to protect gastronomic, cultural and biological diversity. Through 600-plus projects known as Presidia it involves farmers, food artisans, herders, fishers and winegrowers in 70 countries who are safeguarding native breeds, local fruit and vegetable varieties and traditional breads, cheeses, cured meats and sweets, passing down production techniques and crafts through the generations, respecting the environment and preserving traditional rural landscapes, places and cultures. Another initiative, the Slow Food Cooks’ Alliance, connects producers and cooks to promote locally produced good, clean and fair food and defend local biodiversity.
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