Carlo Petrini, President of Slow Food International, will visit California over the following week to launch Slow Food Planet, the new app by Slow Food. What’s truly revolutionary about the app is its sources: a worldwide network of 2,000 collaborators collecting and editing all the insider information they receive, Slow Food members in 150 countries who know all about their local areas and their food and wine scenes. For the time being, the app covers 22 countries and 96 Planet areas, with 12,500 listings.
The app will be presented on Sunday, January 17, from 1pm to 2pm at the Herbst Pavilion of Fort Mason Center in San Francisco during the Good Food Awards Marketplace. Carlo Petrini; Slow Food Vice-President Alice Waters; and Eugenio Signoroni, Slow Food Planet project manager will be present to introduce the app. The location was chosen since the opportunity to meet and buy directly from farmers, food artisans and selected produce within the Good Food Awards Marketplace contest is perfectly in line with the Slow Food Planet philosophy.
The areas of New York, Denver, and San Francisco are ready to be used, while the aim is to cover 40 other areas in the USA by May, including Chicago, Cincinnati, Boston, Vermont, New Hampshire Coast, and Miami.
Slow Food Planet, which can be downloaded free from Apple Store or Google Play, offers three categories to guide you on your way: Time to eat, Time for buying and Time for me. The App provides tips for travellers and locals who want to find the best artisan food producers and purveyors in the area.
All the information is contained in a single listing with photo, address, telephone number, price range and average cost, website link, opening hours, brief description and map. To help you with gastronomic terms and names of typical dishes, a click on the word in the listing description will take you to a comprehensive, information-packed dictionary. Slow Food Planet is an app in progress that will grow constantly as members around the world send in their recommendations.