Project: Ark of Taste Nominations and Promotion
Background. The U.S. Ark of Taste, like its counterpart in Italy, is a catalog of hundreds of delicious foods that have been deemphasized by the industrialized food system to the point that they are little-known and rarely consumed, even in the regions in which they are produced. A significant part of our mission is to find and nominate new products from central Ohio to the Ark of Taste. We also seek to help farmers, grocers, and restaurants promote the Ark of Taste products that they sell by offering versions of the Slow Food Ark of Taste logo for use on signs and menus.
We are interested both in reaching producers who grow existing Ark products and soliciting suggestions for new Ark products. Candidates for the Ark should have production that is confined to a specific geographic area (i.e., should convey a “sense of place”), should be delicious, and should be produced sustainably.
State of Project Development. Ongoing.
What We Have. An entire Committee of Slow Food Columbus is devoted to biodiversity, which primarily involves Ark of Taste products. Slow Food USA has also created downloadable Farmer’s Market signs to help farmers promote their Ark of Taste products.
What We Need.
- Help spreading the word. Please send a link to this blog post to any farmers or chefs you know who might be using Ark of Taste products, and send email to the Biodiversity Committee directly if you would like additional signage.
- Ideas for the Ark of Taste. If you nominate new products by leaving a comment below, we will explore them and submit a formal application to Slow Food USA.