Six Weeks of Slow Food offers free virtual classes through September 15

JACKSON, Wyo. — Six Weeks of Slow Food began on August 11, offering FREE online videos that inspire a deeper connection with local food. The program will continue each Tuesday through September 15 with weekly features on farm-to-table recipes, knife and butchering skills, high altitude gardening, and cocktails flavored with local ingredients.

Slow Food in the Tetons runs a multitude of local programs, including The People’s Market, The Slow Food Farm Stand & Online Marketplace, Blair and May Park Community Gardens, year-round kids summer camps, and cooking classes, the Veggie Voucher Program and the upcoming fall Farm to Fork Festival.

The six-week video campaign showcases some of the incredible people, skills, and resources found in these programs in hopes that the community will join in from home or wherever they are.

The model for the online class series was partially inspired by Slow Food USA’s “Slow Food Live” virtual webinars led by experts sharing a specific skill or topic. Recent success in adapting their in-person programming to an online format for COVID also inspired the local chapter to expand their virtual offerings.

The first video of the six-part series features Ian McGregor of Farmstead Gardens. In this video, he shows us how to make fruit pies, and has simplified the steps for kids!

When COVID hit Teton County, the nonprofit had to act quickly to adapt ongoing programs like the Kids Cooking Classes and the Winter People’s Market.

“Our final Winter People’s Market this year was on March 14 and at that point in time it was clear that we’d need to hustle to create a new way for local producers to bring their food to market,” said Executive Director Scott Steen. “We launched our Online Marketplace just three weeks later on April 6 and it’s been running weekly ever since.”

Given that there are still limited options for activities for both kids and adults alike, Slow Food also decided to expand their classes beyond just kids, and beyond just cooking.

The result? Six weeks of instructional videos with recognizable faces such as Nora Phillips from Sweet Cheeks Meat and Chas Marsh and Travis Goodman from Jackson Hole Still Works.

Although these classes are completely free, Steen urges those who watch them to consider donating to help support their community programming.

“Now more than ever, it is critical that we build a stronger, healthier, and more resilient food system,” said Steen. “One way that you can help is by watching these videos! If you support our work, please remember to donate to Slow Food in the Tetons through Old Bills Fun Run.”

You can watch the first class “Kids Fruit Pies with Chef Ian McGregor of Farmstead Gardens” HERE!

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