What We Are

Slow Food West Michigan is the West Michigan chapter of Slow Food, a non-profit, member-supported organization founded in 1989 to counteract fast food and fast life. We stand against 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.

SFWM supports the mission of Slow Food, working closely with Slow Food USA, the national association headquartered in Brooklyn, NY.

Who We Are

Simply put, we are the members of Slow Food who live in and around West Michigan. We, the members of SFWM, designate a Board to represent us, and to run the chapter’s events and affairs. SFWM is entirely organized and run by volunteers, drawing talent, expertise, and ambition from our members and friends around the region.

What We Do

We support those who contribute to a good, clean, and fair food system, both for-profit and not-for-profit. We do this through several means:

  • We plan educational and convivial events of eating, drinking, and socializing, where we learn to reclaim and evangelize the joys of the convivial table, and educate our taste.
  • We recognize and promote food producers, artisans, purveyors, chefs and restaurateurs who contribute meaningfully to the quality, authenticity, and sustainability of the food system that feeds West Michigan.
  • We support other like-minded organizations working towards a good, clean, and fair food system by promoting, volunteering and donating.

Slow Food Mission Statement:

Slow Food USA envisions a future food system that is based on the principles of high quality and taste, environmental sustainability, and social justice—in essence, a food system that is good, clean and fair. We seek to catalyze a broad cultural shift away from the destructive effects of an industrial food system and fast life; toward the regenerative cultural, social and economic benefits of a sustainable food system, regional food traditions, the pleasures of the table, and a slower and more harmonious rhythm of life.

Find Out More

You can learn much more about Slow Food right online, at both the Slow Food USA website and the Slow Food International website.

If you’d like to contact us to learn more about SFWM, please see the contact page of this website.

Or, just come to one of our events! Come chat with us and learn how you can join us, become a member, get involved, and start living Slowly.