For a closer look at what it took to plan and execute Slow Food Nations, Kat sits down with Slow Food USA Board Member, Julie Shaffer. Julie is also the liaison to the Network of Governors. She shares her thoughts on the weekend, our host city of Denver, and gives a shout out to all of the chefs and delegates from the South who came to represent the region.
Julie grew up in rural Ohio gardening and foraging with her grandparents, which lead to a life-long love of food and farming. She moved to the mountains of Tennessee for college and fell in love with the south. She has made her home in Georgia for the past 35 years and founded Slow Food Atlanta in 2000. She served as leader of the Atlanta chapter for ten years, and went on to serve as regional governor for the SE region before being elected to the board of directors of SFUSA.