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Armsby Abbey and the Slow Food Movement

Posted Oct 25 2010 9:32am

On Saturday my husband and I enjoyed a night out with friends at the Armsby Abbey , a hip cozy restaurant in Worcester, MA.  Once seated, the waiter explained that the Abbey is part of the slow food movement .  The breads are baked in house, cheeses, fruits and vegetables from local farmers and meals are prepped to order.

Evidently the movement began twenty years ago. I’m both embarrassed and excited that I’m just learning of it. I grabbed this from the Slow Food global website :

Slow Food is a global, grassroots organization with supporters in 150 countries around the world who are linking the pleasure of good food with a commitment to their community and the environment.

A non-profit member-supported association, Slow Food was founded in 1989 to counter the rise of 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.

Although I spent 2.5 of my teen years slinging (and eating) burgers at McDonald’s, my fast food days are over.  I love to cook. I love to chop vegetables. I find it relaxing and creative. I’ve even learned how to enjoy washing the dishes. Home cooking simply makes eating more enjoyable and I feel better when I know what’s in my food. I guess I’ve been a member of the movement for a long time.

With diabetes, heart disease, obesity and health care costs on the rise, the food we eat is one of many steps towards a healthier way of living. The food you put in your body is the root of many health issues we face today. To really make a difference we need to stop treating the symptoms and go to the source.  If living and eating healthier is a priority for you and your family, consider learning more.

To find a US chapter visit the US website slowfoodusa.org . No chapter near you?  Learn how to start your own here . Not in the US?  Visit the main website at www.slowfood.com for global locations.

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In the meantime, I highly recommend the Armsby Abbey for those in the Worcester area or looking for a road trip.  Though small in physical size, the portions are large enough to share, making the prices reasonable.  And with everything baked, prepared and marinated on site, using ingredients from local farmers (listed on the menu, by the way), how can you go wrong.  From pizza to mac-n-cheese, pulled pork to cheese “slates”, homemade ice cream and desserts, there is an option for almost any appetite.  We all left plenty satisfied and with leftovers for Sunday’s lunch. Learn more www.armsbyabbey.com .

Have you heard about the slow food movement?  Are you part of it?  Do you cook or shop locally?

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