a recent scroll through facebook led Arina to finding a local event in Amsterdam: the Youth Food Movement NL's fourth Eat-In event. According to their facebook page:
"The Youth Food Movement is a network of young farmers, cooks, artisans, activists and students with the shared goal of bringing more food that is good, clean and fair to their communities. The Youth Food Movement is a Slow Food youth activity that provides a communications platform for young people and Slow Food members around the world to communicate their projects. YFM serves to highlight the diverse range of ways that young people can become involved with Slow Food."
red or green, asher?
we rang up asher, a member of the YFM NL branch, who was delighted to hear we wanted to go. we were going to make a bean salad with ingredients from home but he advised us not to as he had bought an enormous 10 kilo's worth of meat - organic, eco-friendly, biologica, sustainable meat, mind you. although we impatiently didn't read the driving directions correctly, the rain had cleared and it turned out to be a nice day and a fun event. everyone had to bring food and wear green for vegs or red for meat. there were a ton of pasta and green salads, an impressive platter of cheeses, loaves of bread, dips, and multiple bbq's grilling veggies on skewers, seafood grilled in tinfoil, and all kinds of meat cuts - including an entire wild boar that was shot by the chef to keep nature in balance. we met a woman who is going to organize Terra Madre in the Netherlands as well as a girl who has applied to UNISG and wanted to know all about it, and a guy who is going to start his own salami production in Holland (it is Dutch pigs that make all the prosciutto in Italy after all...) but other than that there seemed to be a little disconnect in the networking participation. maybe it's because i don't speak a word of dutch. ok, one word.
having only started a year ago, the YFM NL group seemed to be very enthusiastic, involved, and has had a lot of good promotional press. 150 people was a great turn-out. and the dj was fantastic. we were in the running for a long time for first place for best dish, however, in the end we came in 3rd. we talked about maybe organizing an Eat-In Colorno, which might be better than the free hugs campaign idea (re: old men and foreigners). even on summer holidays when we're not in school, we're still active and talking about it. UNISG REPRESENT.
a small donation for a priceless pic.
do you accept student cards or do you want my autograph?