Terra Madre Day, December 10, was observed in the most convivial and delicious style by the membership of Pelham Slow Food at Pan Cafe in St. Catharines. Proprietor (and Slow Food member) Alex presented a menu of locally sourced foods (menu below) and credited the producers in her introduction to each course. Guests were encouraged to bring their own wine, and a nice variety of local Niagara wines appeared, including Inniskillin, 13th Street, Organized Crime, Creekside, and Vineland Estates.
Alex also offered a toast to Mother Earth that eloquently summarized the need for consciousness-raising organizations such as Slow Food, and events such as Terra Madre Day. Twenty-seven glasses were raised to those sentiments.
The Pelham Convivium joined 108 other convivia around the globe in honouring Mother Earth on this designated day, and a picture of the group will join pictures from all the other convivia on the Slow Food Website to mark this first Terra Madre Day.
The Menu for Pelham Slow Food's Terra Madre Dinner at Pan Cafe
Appetizer: local goat’s cheese, bread (de la Terre bakery), figs (St. Lawrence Market)
Soup: butternut squash (St. Catharines market) with roasted garlic (Vivek)
Main Course: roasted duck legs (Lakeland Farms) with red cabbage and mashed potatoes with celeriac (Vivek)
Salad: Vivek’s Greens with a maple vinaigrette (White Meadows Farms)
Dessert: Cheesecake with apple compote (Beamer's Orchards)