Slow food, pickles a plenty

Pickle exhibit
Pickle exhibit
This weekend was the Slow Food Nation conference/meet-up/thingamabob (what do you call a day devoted to food – ah, yes, nirvana) in San Francisco at the Civic Center and Fort Mason, and I was fortunate enough to go both Saturday and Sunday to the Taste Pavilion. Saturday, I volunteered to work at the Welcome Center, where I met some very nice folks, but they seemed slightly overstaffed, so I reassigned myself to the Pickle booth inside the Pavilion. Well, actually, I was recruited (they must have heard about my 3rd place win with my B&B pickles at the San Mateo County Fair!)….

I was walking inside the Pavilion, to familiarize myself with the various exhibits, when Michelle Fuerst from Pickles

Pickles in little cups
Pickles in little cups
asked if I was one of her volunteers. Since I had been standing outside in the cold, foggy morning with loads of other people, I said “I could be” and she put me to work. Tons of fun I had that morning, standing between Barbara from Three Square Grill and Picklopolis and Pat from The Asian Grandmothers Cookbook, pinching out small servings of all sorts of different kinds of sauerkrauts. Picklopolis had one made with fennel, which was very tasty. Their watermelon pickles are also awesome – we ate half a jar last night with our lamb chops. My son cannot get enough of them!

In between pu

Pork on bread
Pork on bread
tting together little cups of sauerkraut for the booth, I also managed to get in a few yummy samples, including a pork spread (a rillettes, perhaps?) with a cherry (perhaps not?) conserve from the charcuterie booth next door, as well as some super tasty pizza from the outside ovens. In the pickle booth, in addition to 5 kinds of kraut, we were also serving Kim Chee, Szechwan Pepper Cabbage and Curtido. Also, a couple of the volunteers were putting together slices of Acme bread, fresh butter and a preserved trout, which was quite tasty.

Actually, everything I tried on both Saturday and Sunday was excellent, I think because it was all made with a good deal of attention to the final product. That is what Slow Food is all about, and frankly, it works for me!

More pictures from my Slow Food adventure…..

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