a celebration of Ohio farmers and chefs


Slow Food International's every-other-year event Terra Madre Salone del Gusto was originally scheduled to take place again in Turin, Italy, from October 8-12. However, due to the pandemic, the event has been transformed into a "reloaded" version that will now span for six months and take place virtually in different parts of the world. You can read more about the exciting changes and opportunities here:

On a similar note, your Slow Food Columbus Board has met virtually over the past several months and came to the conclusion that we would not be holding our annual in-person Shake the Hand that Feeds You dinner, despite it being our largest fundraiser. Instead, and beginning on October 8th (i.e., the same day as the start of Terra Madre), we will kick off a six-week celebration of good, clean, and fair food in central Ohio, to be known as "Celebrate the Hands that Feed You"!

We are still in the planning stages of what this will all look like, but do expect ways to engage with like-minded individuals through the launch of a book club, online photo contests, and other virtual events! (There's even talk about potentially having Slow Food Columbus t-shirts available for sale...) Importantly, we want as many people as possible to participate, and so financial costs and accessibility are definitely on our minds. With all of that said, this multi-week series replaces our Shake the Hand fundraiser. If you are in a position to donate to our group, we invite you to do so throughout the event series, knowing that the money raised during Celebrate the Hands that Feed You will help support area producers and businesses (to be announced at launch).

If you have any questions regarding Celebrate the Hands that Feed You, please do not hesitate to contact Chapter Leader Mark Anthony Arceño.


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LECTURE SERIES: "Seeking Good, Clean, and Fair Food for All: Equity, Inclusion, and Justice" (Sept. 15, Oct. 20, Nov. 17)

Slow Food Columbus is partnering again with Ohio State's Anthropology Public Outreach Program (APOP) for an autumn lecture series that will focus on the Slow Food USA Manifesto for Equity, Inclusion, and Justice. Please visit either our page or APOP's page for further event information and registration! To view recordings of previous lecture series events, click this link.


In lieu of our traditional Shake the Hand that Feeds You dinner, we are taking a socially-distanced approach to our annual fundraising efforts. Stay tuned for further details regarding the series of events happening over this six-week period!


LECTURE SERIES: "Good, Clean, and Fair: Slow Food for All?"

Slow Food Columbus partnered with Ohio State's Anthropology Public Outreach Program (APOP) for a spring lecture series that focused on the tenets of the Slow Food Movement. We invite you to check out parts 2 and 3, which were recorded via CarmenZoom and posted on our YouTube Channel, by clicking this link.


Can you BEE-lieve it? We've got another SFC + Bexley Natural Market co-sponsored event on the horizon... this time on bee pollination!! We hope you can join us, along with panelists from Honeyrun FarmSeed BabiesJorgensen Farms, and The Wellness Wildcrafter


In Italian, the toast between glasses isn't "Cheers!" but rather "Cin Cin!" We raise a glass as we welcome Olivia Reviglio of Slow Wine (based in Italy) to central Ohio. We hope you can join us to welcome Olivia and learn more about Slow Wine, as well as connect with other members of the Slow Food Columbus community. For more information about Slow Wine, please visit:

BOOK SIGNING: 'THE GROCERY STORY' BY JON STEINMAN Jon Steinman, author of “Grocery Story” is making a stop at the Bexley Natural Market as he travels across the country on a book tour. Jon will give a presentation on the influence of grocery stores, and the importance of supporting local. From disturbing trends on food supply to why community owned grocery stores are more important than ever for maintaining the integrity of our food, this is an event not to be missed! This book signing and networking event is being co-sponsored by Slow Food Columbus. We especially invite all our members--past, present, and hopefully future--to attend and meet the folks over at the Bexley Natural Market!


We welcome one and all to a meet-and-greet with the vibrant colors and flavors of the '80s AND members of the Slow Food Columbus community! And what better way to do so with tacos that highlight organic ingredients from local vendors?! In addition to learning more about your local Slow Food chapter, Board member Dr. Jen Dyer will present new information about the harm caused by processed foods on children's health and their future risk of developing diabetes and obesity. Good, clean, and fair food not only is delicious but is healthy...especially for our children!

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celebrating food, farmers and chefs



The Shake The Hand That Feeds You Dinner has been one of the most highly anticipated events for food lovers around Ohio for years. This joyful evening of celebrating food tradition never fails to amaze. Dinner guests gather together with a spirit of conviviality to celebrate food diversity and experience the reality of good, clean and fair food. 

Last year's chefs were: 

  • SFC Board Member, and advisor to Slow Food Reynoldsburg Schools, Trevor Horn

  • Host and Ray Ray's Hog Pit founder [with his family] James Anderson

  • Former opening executive chef of Comune and current executive chef of The Crest Ben Kanavel

  • Sugar Magnolia founder and baker at Alchemy Kitchen Julie Dvorak

Our 12th Shake the Hand That Feeds You dinner took place on Thursday, October 3, 2019, at Anderson Farms in Granville. To view photos from the dinner, please visit this online album.

In lieu of an in-person Shake the Hand, we are instead focusing on a 2020 series of virtual events that aim to "Celebrate the Hands that Feed You."


SFC is incredibly thankful for the generosity of Slow Food members Bob and Rachel Stern, who hosted a rooftop terrace dinner, which featured the seasonal products of Canal Junction Farm. Proceeds from the dinner were donated directly to our local chapter. 


Ohio Food, French Technique is a celebration of Ohio farmers and food producers and the master culinary technique of Chef Richard of The Refectory. Enjoy a five course meal, expertly paired with wines from Patrick Allen Selections, showcasing local producers of meat, cheese, chocolate and more! 


In honor of Slow Food Columbus’ 10th anniversary this year, the evening’s theme will return to the roots of Slow Food, which was founded in Bra, Italy. Guests are asked to bring a dish from Piedmont, Italy—be it an old family favorite or a new dish to you.



events around town you might be interested in

See our calendar below for events happening around Columbus. 


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