Slow Food is a way of living and eating that links the pleasure of food with a commitment to community and the environment. The website Slow Food Asheville.org is part of this worldwide, grassroots movement, and serves western North Carolina and counties nearby. It provides information about Slow Food Asheville programs such as sustainable cooking classes (called FEAST), Heritage Foods Education (preserving food traditions) and Slow Food on Campus (working with students on sustainable food systems). Past events have included screenings of movies such as "The Real Dirt on Farmer John," as well as multiple potlucks, pig roasts, a pizza dinner, a dinner showcasing local and wild mushrooms and a farm tour picnic. Last year, Slow Food Asheville raised more than $3,500 for the NC Organic Bread Flour Project and more than $3,000 for the FEAST program. To find out about Slow Food events in western North Carolina or to learn more about the Slow Food Movement, visit the website below.