Slow Food USA Appoints New Executive Director

January 14, 2013 in Past Events

The Board of Directors has named Richard McCarthy Slow Food USA’s new Executive Director, and sent along the following biography.

Richard has been a Slow Food USA member since 2001 and brings 17 years of executive leadership experience in the non-profit sector. He will begin on January 22, 2013, and we could not be more excited.

After years as an activist in the political arena, Richard co-founded a community garden in the heart of New Orleans. Through that process and the radical change that nourishing social space created in the neighborhood, Richard pivoted to food as an avenue for change. He is driven by the uniquely uniting role food can play among all of us to work towards a shared sense of purpose and interdependence.

Richard is currently the Executive Director of Market Umbrella (, an internationally recognized mentor organization for markets, community building and sustainable economic development. Since he founded the organization in 1995, it has steadily grown and now serves 1,200 markets around the world. He’s an innovative leader with proven success in using food to advance social change, and we’re very lucky to have him.

One of the things we are most excited about is that Richard has had a long and deep commitment to Slow Food. He’s been a Slow Food member since 2001 and led a delegation to Terra Madre in 2008. Richard is also very active in his local New Orleans community, as mentioned above, having founded the Crescent City farmers market and then Market Umbrella. He’s been advocating for food workers and farmers for over 20 years and played a key role after Hurricane Katrina in helping to restart the local agricultural economy, where with the revival of farmers markets, he helped provide returning residents with a sense of normalcy and resilience.  After Hurricane Katrina he partnered with Slow Food to help commercial citrus farmers sell their post-hurricane harvest to Slow Food members around the country, and he launched the White Boot Brigade, a project he worked on with Slow Food USA and the New York City and San Francisco chapters that seeks fair trade for fishing families of the greater New Orleans coastal waters.


New Face on Facebook

December 30, 2012 in Past Events

Do you “like” Slow Food East End on Facebook? 668 people “like” us and what we have to say about good, clean, fair food, especially on the East End of Long Island. Click here to “like” us!

We’d like to welcome Slow Food East End member Susan Khah as our newest contributor to Facebook. Susan will manage our Facebook page and post local events and articles relating to the Slow Food movement. Susan loves keeping up with the local Foodie Scene. Susan says, “I recently lived in San Francisco where I posted regularly about my local foodie finds. It was a great obsession of mine.”

Thank you, Susan, for offering to help out with Facebook!

You, too, can post on the Slow Food East End timeline. If you come across an article or an event that other Slow Food East End members would be interested in, we invite you to share it with all of us.

To volunteer to help with Slow Food East End communications, events, membership or education, just let us know your interests. Send an email We are a volunteer organization and our success depends on your involvement!

Save the Date

November 30, 2012 in Past Events

$15,000 Raised In One Month To Fund Food Book

November 25, 2012 in Past Events

The Edible School Gardens of the East End group has achieved its goal of raising $15,000 to finance the Nutritious Delicious Food Book. Working through the the non-profit Kickstarter web site, a fundraising campaign attracted enough donors to distribute 10,000 free copies of the book to  children and their families. The book will be published in the coming year.
Slow Food East End wishes to extend its deepest thanks to all who helped us in this endeavor.

Northeast Organic Farm Association Announces Winter Conference

November 8, 2012 in Past Events



Information, registration, directions, scholarships and donations click here




School Grants Announced at Annual Meeting

October 1, 2012 in Past Events, Uncategorized

Slow Food East End awarded $4,000 in aid to school gardens at its annual meeting in Bridgehampton on September 30. Grants of $500 each went to eight area schools: Bridgehampton School, East Hampton High School, Greenport School, Hampton Bays Middle School, Sag Harbor School, Southold School, Springs School, and Tuckahoe School.

“Being able to help our local schools start and develop school gardens has been a mission of our East End chapter of Slow Food, since our founding in 2004 at the American Hotel.  With the sustained generosity of the Levine family and the Josh Levine Memorial Foundation, we are able to provide funds for garden tools and supplies to schools this year, which builds on the technical support we are currently providing  through the Josh Levine Foundation Internship Program where three master farmers are working with local schools to start and sustain gardens. It is fitting that we give out these first school supply grants at Hayground, site of our first Slow Food School Greenhouse” said Mary Morgan, president of SFEE.

The grants were specifically tailored to meet the needs of already established gardens helping  with day to day needs rather than larger improvements. The monies will be used for a variety of projects and materials including compost bins, irrigation, tools, hoop houses, seeds, bedding plants, and wintering beds.
The winning schools are members of Edible School Gardens of the East End, an informal alliance that brings teachers and parents together to share ideas on how to best plan, develop and promote school gardens. At this time, the group has includes 16 East End schools. The remaining eight are Childhood Development Center of the Hamptons. Hayground, Orient, Quogue, Ross Lower and Upper Schools, Southampton, and Westhampton School,


Take the Locavore Challenge throughout September

September 2, 2012 in Past Events

The NY Locavore Challenge is a month-long campaign this September aimed at motivating consumers across NY state to eat local organic foods.  Sponsored by NOFA-NY (Northeast Organic Farming Association of NY), the goal is to educate consumers about how to make healthy and ethical food choices and to cook with in-season, local organic foods while supporting local sustainable farms and food businesses.

This year’s program is versatile, fun and FREE!  Participants have the option of signing up for either a Bite-Sized (choose 1), a Meal-Sized (choose 2) or a Feast-Sized (choose 3) Challenge.

Here are just a few of the fun ways you can take the challenge. Some are easy. If you’re a “Slow Foodie”, then you’re probably already doing many of these things – so challenge yourself by picking something that you haven’t thought of doing. Here are just a few of the options:

Take a 250 mile day challenge
Take a 250 mile week challenge
Take a 250 mile month challenge
Shop at a farmers market, farm stand or u-pick
Join a winter CSA
Eat at least 5 servings of local, organic, fruit & veggies per day
Sip on local milk, juice, beer, wine & spirits
Go foraging
Try food preservation (canning, freezing, drying)
Host a Locavore Potluck
Read a Locavore book
Participate in a Crop Mob
Join the Millions Against Monsanto Campaign
Lobby your food store to include more local product


Click here for the 2012 Locavore Challenge Registration Form and take a look at the entire list of ways to participate in the Locavore Challenge. Then let us know how many Slow Food East End members and friends are participating in this month-long campaign. Simply go to the Locavore Challenge Event on Slow Food East End’s Facebook page and hit “Join” if you want to take the challenge. We’ll be able to see how many people plan to participate. Our goal: 100! 

North Fork Foodie Tour, September 9

September 2, 2012 in Past Events

The Sixth Annual North Fork Foodie Tour
Sunday, September 9, 2012 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Celebrate the North Fork’s BountyFUN FOR THE FAMILY!

  • Chart your own course for a day exploring the bounty of the North Fork.
  • Take behind-the-scenes tours
  • Meet the extraordinary people who have dedicated their lives to the art of great local food.
  • Learn about artisanal foods, wines and new methods of sustainable agriculture.

Partially underwritten by our generous sponsors:
Platinum Level: Jericho Capital Partners, Suffolk County National Bank, Times   Review Newspapers, UBS Securities
Gold Level: Chris Mohr Landscaping, Port of Egypt Marina, Kolb Mechanical
Silver Level: Capital One Bank, Mullen Motors

The North Fork of Long Island is famous for delectable fare. Think Peconic Bay scallops and Long Island duck, strawberries, potatoes and wines. The tradition of farming has continued and expanded. Now it’s taken on yet   another life as artisas have begun to produce distinctive foods and explore methods of sustainable agriculture. The North Fork Foodie Tour gives you a chance to meet the extraordinary people who have dedicated their lives to producing unique local foods and wines and learn how they do it.

More information

Annual Meeting is September 30th at the Hayground School

August 21, 2012 in Past Events

Slow Food East End Annual Meeting and Potluck Supper
Sunday, September 30, 2012, 4:00 – 7:00 pm
Hayground School, 151 Mitchells Lane, Bridgehampton, NY

RSVP:  Mary Morgan at

Slow Food East End’s Annual Meeting and Potluck Supper will be begin with the annual business meeting and election of officers, followed by a wonderful potluck meal of local foods prepared by Slow Food members (that means all of us)! If you’ve attended previous annual meetings, you know how much fun this is! And if you’ve never come to the annual meeting before, this is your opportunity to meet your fellow members and learn more about our chapter and the Slow Food movement on the East End.

Are you interested in becoming a part of the Slow Food leadership?

We are looking for candidates to run in our election as leaders. Because of its origins in Italy, sometimes Slow Food uses nominclature that is odd to U.S. ears. A “leader” is what other groups might call a board member.

We are a volunteer organization and the health and success of our chapter depends on members like you offering your talents and time to serve on committees and on the board. Please contact Mary Morgan if you are interested. It’s a wonderful way to get to know people within the food community on the East End and to help educate the public about good, clean, fair food.

We really hope you can join us.

Please bring a dish for 6-8 people to share. We look forward to seeing you there!

“Grown on Long Island Day” is August 17

August 10, 2012 in Past Events

This year’s Grown on Long Island Day will include a chef ‘”Seafood Throw-down’” and a farm food challenge.

The second annual countywide farmers market, Grown on Long Island Day, will be held at the Suffolk County Farm and Education Center at 350 Yaphank Avenue in Yaphank from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm on Friday, August 17th.

Admission to the event is free. Fresh local produce, including seafood, vegetables & fruits, wine, local artisan cheeses and jams, and Long Island grown perennials will be available for purchase from local farmers. Come and enjoy games and activities for kids as well as $2 wagon rides. Explore the century-old working farm, visit our animals and learn about historic and modern agriculture. Visit for more information.

As part of the day, New York Sea Grant is hosting a Chef Seafood Throwdown. Two well-known local chefs will prepare a dish using local seafood and ingredients from the market. The dishes will then be judged by a panel of guest judges! The Throwdown begins at 11:00 am and judging will be held at 12:30 pm.

A Kids Sandwich Food Challenge for ages 9 and over will be held at 11:00 am. Come with your favorite bread and we will provide the rest! Participants will “shop” at select vendors to make their sandwich creation. $5 entry fee. (Register in advance at 631-852-4602.)