The Slow Food Guide to Dating - Dinner and a Movie in Bologna, Italy

Tagliatelle al Ragu

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He was a hardworking farm boy. She was an Italian supermodel. He knew he would have just one chance to impress her… so he took her to the Slow Food on Film Festival in Bologna.

Five glorious days of award-winning films, wine tastings and regional cuisine in the relaxed, and heart-stoppingly affordable city of Bologna. In addition to free tastings of prosciutto, prosecco, pecorino, caprino, and lots of other things that are fun to announce, this well-organized festival came up with the ingenious idea of Un Film Nel Piatto — Film on a Plate. Each night, a feature length film is followed by an open air tasting of a dish from the movie. In Kyu-Dong Min’s Antique, chocolate plays a lead role in the bakery that Jin-Hyuk decides to open as a way to meet women. After the film, local chefs incorporate the age-old ingredient to complement braised rabbit. In Dieta Mediterranea, Joaquin Oristrell’s love triangle of olive oil, fish and vine ripened tomatoes concludes in a panzanella, a rustic dish in which these ingredients are generously layered upon hearty slices of peasant bread, drenched in olive oil. The closing night’s documentary, Food Inc. by Robert Kenner, is currently making its way through the film festival circuit in the United States. With the help of hidden cameras and iron-fisted attorneys, Kenner was granted access to Dantesque places in his quest for the origins of industrial food. Purdue Chicken breeders, the Stansfield pork slaughterhouse, the homes of farmers left bankrupt by the agricultural behemoth, Monsanto… This powerful film shows how far we’ve gone off-track in the simple act of eating, and was appropriately followed by a delectable frittata. (The star of which is the egg, one of the primary symbols of life).

Slow Food is a movement founded in Italy by Carlo Petrini, which today boasts passionate chapters all around the world. It encourages its members to think globally, but to act and eat locally, and (in the words of Robert Kenner), “to change the world with each bite”.

Why not start right now? This recipe for authentic Pasta Bolognese suggests using tagliatelle or fettucine, but having tried it four different times in Bologna (just to make sure!) I can confidently suggest fusilli as the most appropriate vehicle for this noble sauce.

Hungry for more? Listen, see, feel in Bologna.

- Courtney Maum

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2 Responses to “The Slow Food Guide to Dating - Dinner and a Movie in Bologna, Italy”

  1. DJ
    May 18th, 2009 12:12

    Interesting article.I’ll check out some of those movies when I get the chance.

    Thanks very much for the link.

    DJ - Culinaria Italia

    PS I still think tagliatelle is the way to go though ;-)

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