Hotel will celebrate slow food with luncheon

Steven Farrell, owner and general manager of Finca Luna Nueva Lodge in San Isidro de Peñas Blancas and a member of the Slow Food Convivium of San José, will celebrate and host the third Slow Food in the Rainforest for Terra Madre Day Dec 8.

The festivities begin at 10:30 a.m. in Casa Luna where the participants can enjoy coffee, tea, juice, or chocolate tea made from the shells of cacao before the tour of the extensive gardens.

Lunch will be served poolside at 12:30 p.m.  The menu will consist almost entirely of food items produced on the hotel farm such as pastured pork, a variety of fruits, roots, vegetables, and salad greens, with many of the featured dishes also incorporating  turmeric, ginger, and cacao, said Farrell. Food items not produced on the farm will be procured from other providers in the zona norte, he said.

There is a charge for the lunch and reservations may be made at the hotel’s Web page. The location is between San Ramón and La Fortuna.

Terra Madre Day is a worldwide celebration of local food held every year on or around December 10.  The basic premise of slow food is good, clean and fair, and this philosophy applies to agriculture, food production, and gastronomy.  Slow food is defined by three interconnected principles, said Farrell:

GOOD a fresh and flavorsome seasonal diet that satisfies the senses and is part of our local culture; CLEAN food production and consumption that does not harm the environment, animal welfare, or our health; and FAIR accessible prices for consumers and fair conditions and pay for small-scale producers.

This worldwide food movement has grown to more than 100,000 members with a Slow Food group in almost every country on the globe, he added.

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