Slow Food New Orleans supports the philosophy of Slow Food International that everyone has a fundamental right to the pleasure of good food and consequently the responsibility to protect the heritage of food, tradition and culture that make this pleasure possible. The food traditions of New Orleans are inseparably bound to its musical heritage, which combine to create a lush and internationally renowned culture. Food fuels the heart while music feeds the soul of a city and region where cultural influences from around the world simmer in a pot of gumbo that in turn feeds cultures of the world.
The mission of Slow Food New Orleans is to foster the Slow Food International mission of promoting good, clean and fair food for all.
GOOD a fresh and flavorsome seasonal diet that satisfies the senses and is part of our local culture;
CLEAN food production and consumption that does not harm the environment, animal welfare or our health;
FAIR accessible prices for consumers and fair conditions and pay for small-scale producers.
Slow Food New Orleans accomplishes this mission by developing and implementing educational and research programs that:
- Raise awareness among local consumers about how food is cultivated and produced, and the impact of food production methods on individual health, the environment and the local economy.
- Support local food production.
- Empower local consumers to become co-producers in the food production process, thereby becoming agents of personal, social, environmental and economic change.
- Protect and broaden the biodiversity of cultivated and wild varieties of local foods and processing methods so that the wisdom of local communities can be maintained while protecting the fragile and vital ecosystem of Southern Louisiana.
- Making connections throughout the diverse communities and businesses of New Orleans to defend biodiversity in the food supply, promote food and taste education and connect sustainable food producers and consumers through events and building networks.