Thursday, December 2, 2010

Terra Madre Day: Monday, December 13, 2010 **UPDATED WEDNESDAY 12/8**

Terra Madre Day Schedule
Schenectady County Community College
December 13, 2010 - 1:00p.m. – 8:00p.m.

1:00p.m. – 2:00p.m.
Casola Dining Room
Presentation on Terra Madre 2010
Rocco Verrigni

2:00p.m. – 3:00p.m.
Casola Dining Room
Panel Discussion:
Farm to Table Movement
Preserving Farms and Farmers 

Ed Yowell - NY, NJ, CT Slow Food Regional Governor  
Michael Kilpatrick – Kilpatrick Family Farm
Aaren Hatalsky – Wing Road Farm
Jen Small – Flying Pig Farm
Tod Murphy, Farmers Diner, Middlebury & Quechee, VT
Kim Feeney, Farm House Restaurant
Bruce Piasecki,

3:00p.m. – 4:00p.m.
Culinary Seminar Room
Student Presentations
Chef and Child School Curriculum - Caitlin Sive – SCCC student
Skidmore School Garden - Gabriella Stern

3:00p.m. – 7:00p.m.
Casola Dining Room & Culinary Hallway
Trade Show: Local Venders, Farms, College Student Clubs

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p. m.
Culinary Seminar Room
Film Screening – Green Beef

4:00p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Food Preparation Lab B
Garde Manger Lab
Cooking Demos and Local Products/Food Tasting 

Chef Kevin London, Farmhouse Restaurant at Top of the World
Chef AJ Jayapal, Miss Sydney's, Normanside Country Culb
Chef Tim Meaney, Beekman Street Bistro
Chef Jim Rose, Skidmore College  
Chef Christopher Tanner, Schenectady County Community College

7:00p.m. – 8:00p.m.
Room – Culinary Seminar Room
Film Screening – Green Beef

Schenectady County Community College will join a network of organizations worldwide hosting events as part of Terra Madre (Mother Earth) Day to share information about the Slow Food movement’s philosophy: good, clean and fair food. SCCC will host A Gathering of Local Food Communities on Monday, Dec. 13, 2010, from 1 to 9 p.m. on the SCCC campus.
During this event, the first of its kind on the SCCC campus, local farmers, chefs, students, culinary instructors, representatives from area farmers markets, and food activists will come together to share their successes, issues and stories surrounding food. The day will include a panel discussion, mini trade show, tasting of local products and cooking demonstrations, concluding with a screening of a film yet to be determined.
The highlight of the event at SCCC will be a presentation by Chef Rocco Verrigni, Professor in the Hotel, Culinary Arts and Tourism Department, which will kick off the event at 1 p.m. Chef Verrigni attended the international Terra Madre Conference in
late-October 2010 in Turin, Italy, along with over 6,000 other educators, chefs, youth and musicians representing 161 countries. His trip was the impetus for the SCCC event. “Terra Madre was like the United Nations and the Olympics rolled into one. Despite speaking many different languages, the participants were united in a desire to promote sustainable local food production in harmony with the environment while respecting knowledge handed down over the generations,” Chef Verrigni said. “I wanted to share that sentiment and what I learned at the international conference with students, my colleagues and the community through an event at the College.”
SCCC Culinary Arts students will play a major role in A Gathering of Local Food Communities, helping to organize the event through the Slow Food SCCC Club, in collaboration with Slow Food Saratoga. Chef Verrigni is Advisor to the Club and
Co-Founder and Vice-President of Slow Food Saratoga Region. He is invigorated by the energy and commitment that his students have shown toward the Slow Food philosophy. “It’s obvious that the youth food movement is alive and well globally and our students exemplify this momentum. Out of all of the workshops I attended at the international conference, the most enthusiasm was generated from the youth workshops,” he said.
The public is invited to attend this free event. Continue to check back here for an updated schedule of events during A Gathering of Local Food Communities.

1 comment:

  1. I plan on attending this inspired event! I manage the Warrensburgh Riverfront Farmers' Market, am the Southern Chapter Representative for Adirondack Harvest, have been a small farm grower, have worked in the food service industry, and am a graduate of the Culinary Arts and Hotel Management programs at SCCC. I would like to set up a display with handouts and am available to participate in any other way that may be appropriate. Let me know...Teresa Whalen '85


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