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Posted: Wednesday, March 16, 2011 12:00 am | Updated: 9:24 am, Wed Mar 16, 2011.

Holding a brown lunch bag in each hand, one of Lodi's premier chefs said the contents of one bag represent what food is and the other shows what is wrong with it. He opened the bags. One featured a fresh Russet potato. The second bag contained a carton of McDonald's french fries.

Before a crowd of 70 winemakers, farmers and foodies at cellardoor Monday night, Ruben Larrazolo, owner of Alebrijes Mexican Bistro, said the fast-food item is a luxury. Although the fries are inexpensive, Larrazolo said their lack of nutritional value and immediate availability hurts the appreciation for real food. The American culture widely sees food as only something that satisfies a craving, he said.

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3 comments:

  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 8:42 am on Sat, Mar 19, 2011.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    I spent over 3 months in Thailand eating much more food than I do in USA... I lost 10 pounds eating more... the difference was that I was deprived of eating fast foods. No bread, deserts, candy, butter, or sodas.... just local home made food from local farmers... Ate chicken, pork and fish, bananas, mangos and sticky rice daily... but also bamboo, chilis and many other stir fried vegetables.

     
  • Kevin Paglia posted at 4:18 pm on Wed, Mar 16, 2011.

    Kevin Paglia Posts: 2027

    In college i knew a kid who ate sweet yellow potatoes raw like an apple. I still prefer them "fried". In quotations because most of the time we do homemade fries we bake the potatoes as thick chips rather than have all the extra oil of frying.

     
  • Susan Tipton posted at 8:57 am on Wed, Mar 16, 2011.

    Susan Tipton Posts: 3

    Jordan, thanks to you and the Lodi News Sentinel for spreading the word about Slow Food Lodi! Just to clarify, as a member of Slow Food Sacramento I have met with board members to discuss our role here, but I am not on the Slow Food board in Sacramento.

    Slow Food is community support for Good, Clean and Fair food. It is about enjoying foods that are local, seasonal and sustainably grown. Through educational outreach and advocating for farmers and artisan producers, we aim to celebrate food as a cornerstone of pleasure, culture and community (seeing local products in area businesses would be a side benefit).

    Slow Food USA is a political organization that helped pass the Hungry Fee Kids Act, allowing schools to serve healthier lunches. They have been working with the U S Dept of Agriculture to explore how corporate monopolies affect food and farming in the U.S. Slow Food is working to conserve heirloom varieties before they are lost and provide support for organic and bio dynamic farmers.

     
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