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The Slow Food movement is a reaction to the increasing number of processed fast food sold by the fast food companies. It was pioneered by the Italian food and wine journalist Carlo Petrini almost 30 years ago!  Petrini became concerned that the invasion of fast food companies in Italy was slowly eroding his country’s culinary values and traditions.  In the last 30 years the slow food movement has grown significantly.  Today, Slow Food International includes over 100,000 members in over 1300 chapters in 150 countries.

Our Québec chapter is part of Slow Food International and Slow Food Canada.  It is dedicated to buying food from local farms or growing the food at home, as well as cooking, sharing and enjoying food with friends and family.  And what better thing that living in the belle province and appreciating and cherishing Good, Clean and Local food!  Join the movement now and become a Slow Foodie yourself, too!


Tips to adopt the Slow Food philosophy

Cook at Home

Cooking at home can not only save money,  but also can contribute to better interactions and thus to a more closely knit family.  What is more – when we cook at home, we are in control of the source, ingredients and preparation of the meal.  Thus, cooking at home can be good for our health too.  

My personal goal is to cook 5 nights out of the week. This can be a challenge (or not!), depending on the individual or family.  But knowing what goes into a meal and taking care of one’s family and their health should be a priority, don’t you think?

Support Local

When we support our local farms and local establishments, we help them grow. Quebec is fortunate to have established culinary traditions, as well as lots of local food producers and many fantastic restaurants.  

The slow cook movements attempts to not only support the local farmers and establishments, but also to support the regional culinary traditions and values.  Quebec’s cuisine has a variety of long-standing culinary traditions.  It’s has a strong French, Irish and Canadian aboriginal cuisine influences. Quebec is most famous for its Tourtière, Pâté Chinois and Poutine. Check out blog for these traditional Quebec recipes.

The temps des sucres (sugar season) is another one of Quebec’s oldest culinary traditions. During springtime, many Quebecers go to the cabane à sucre (sugar house) for a traditional meal.

The Jewish community of Montreal has contributed Montreal-style bagels and smoked meat which is similar to pastrami.

Use quality ingredients

When you cook it is important to use whole, natural, fresh ingredients.  That doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg. And most of the time, that’s actually cheaper than eating out.  Check out our blog for some delicious and low-budget recipes.

Share with Friends and Family

Slow down so you don’t miss the friends and experiences that await you.  Make sure to connect with the community and share your experiences with friends and family. They’ll certainly appreciate it and the social interaction should be rewarding for you too!