ABOUT

Slow Food Columbus seeks to create dramatic and lasting change toward a more sustainable food system. We work to promote foods grown, produced, and prepared here in Central Ohio, advocate for fair pricing in our food supply, and seek to bring our community together with events that are simply fun.

In the words of our parent organization, Slow Food International, which began in Italy, "Slow Food was founded in 1989 to counteract fast food and fast life, the disappearance of local food traditions and people’s dwindling interest in the food they eat, where it comes from, how it tastes and how our food choices affect the rest of the world."

We are guided by Slow Food International’s principle of “good, clean, and fair food for all.” Good meaning food should be of high quality, flavorful, and healthy. Clean in that production of food does not harm the environment. And fair in that food prices should be both accessible to consumers and earn producers a fair wage. We seek to strengthen these values by bringing people together through the common language of food. 

Slow Food Columbus is a volunteer-run nonprofit that relies on membership to support our initiatives.

 

To learn more about the Slow Food movement, please visit Slow Food USA and Slow Food International.
 

 

OUR PRIORITIES

accessibility, visibility, EIJ

This year, we are committed to focusing on three main initiatives: 

Accessibility. We are aiming to increase accessibility to the organization, especially reaching out to members of the community who are not already engaged in the Slow Food Movement.

Visibility. We want to encourage more membership and increase visibility on social media by creating innovative and engaged programming.

Equity, Inclusion, and Justice. As we provide food education events and opportunities, we strive to consider EIJ in all we choose to do.

OUR BOARD
meet our 2022 board of directors

 
Mark Anthony Arceño, Ph.D.
Mark Anthony Arceño, Ph.D.

SFC Chapter Leader Food anthropologist, wine and environment researcher, and Academic Program Coordinator in the OSU Dept. of Comparative Studies I joined the Slow Food Columbus Board because I wanted the opportunity to help support and organize the efforts of our members. In my role on the Board, I am most interested in increasing the diversity of our membership and events, all while emphasizing what we can learn from the food we eat.

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Dr. Jen Dyer
Dr. Jen Dyer

SFC Secretary Stylish pediatric endocrinologist and tech entrepreneur I joined the Board because I am passionate about spreading good health with real food.

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JP Fritz
JP Fritz

SFC Treasurer Owner, Lasting Impressions Event Rentals I joined the Board because I love food—cooking it growing it, tasting it, and learning about it.

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Kate Heitkamp
Kate Heitkamp

Photographer, KHA Lifestyle Photography

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Russ Kinstlinger
Russ Kinstlinger

Restaurant industry & nonprofit sector I'm convinced that a lot of beautiful impact can happen through transforming our food system, both on the individual level and on broader community and societal levels. I'm excited to engage with like-minded community members and work towards shared goals that align with my values.

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Rick Livingston, Ph.D.
Rick Livingston, Ph.D.

Education Specialist, OSU Humanities Collaboratory; Senior Lecturer in Comparative Studies at OSU We all want food that is good, clean and produced fairly. Slow Food brings together all the various parts of the food system to work towards that goal. As someone who writes and teaches about food, I look forward to working with others to bring about lasting change.

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Chef Aaron Mercier
Chef Aaron Mercier

Executive Chef, 58 West I am committed to the belief that a healthy, responsible, and sustainable foodservice industry is a vital component of local communities, economies, and culture.

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Chef John Skaggs
Chef John Skaggs

Head Chef, The Caravan As a member of the board, I'm looking forward to the chance to make a positive difference in the lives of those we serve through education, engaging key stakeholders through community outreach by using my public relations skills, and advocating for healthy eating as a way to improve health and mental wellness. I want to participate with the board to ensure continuous education for the betterment of our food systems that will benefit our medical and physical health.

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Brandi Staley-Sladek
Brandi Staley-Sladek

Attorney, Kitrick, Lewis & Harris Co., L.P.A. I joined the board of Slow Food Columbus because affordable, sustainable, healthy, and delicious food should be available to and enjoyed by all. Slow Food combines my love of food with my passion for environmentalism, food security, education, and wellness.

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LaVanya Watkins
LaVanya Watkins

The Garden Club Project, President I wanted to join the Slow Food Columbus Board to empower the community to increase their health with fresh local produce.

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