Cook Up a Better Future!
We know climate change is becoming a global crisis and we believe chefs can help make a difference.
With the industrialized food system responsible for up to one-third of all human-caused greenhouse gas emissions, food is a cause of climate change. Yet food is also a victim of climate change, as changing weather patterns and flooding affect crops worldwide.
But more importantly, food is a solution to climate change. Sustainable agriculture, biodiversity and meat reduction reduce our dependence on fossil fuels, preserve the fertility of the land, increase carbon capture in the soil, and slow down desertification.
The present food system must be radically redrawn if we want to reduce our impact on the environment. Let’s work together to celebrate food that’s good, clean and fair for all!
Join us to Cook Up a Better Future by promoting meatless, sustainable and biodiverse foods on your menu.
The Future Is Now!
We’re inviting chefs to get involved and have a direct impact on climate change by creating a signature meatless dish made from delicious and distinctive foods facing extinction. To get you started, we will provide ingredients from Slow Food’s “Ark of Taste,” a global catalog of endangered foods. We ask that you create a signature recipe and offer this dish as a Meatless Monday special in your restaurant to draw attention to the significant environmental benefits of eating less meat, even if it’s just one day a week.
Sign up at slowfoodusa.org/chefs-alliance
Why Meatless Monday?
Supported in over 40 countries, Meatless Monday actively promotes the health and global benefits of reducing meat consumption. By eating less meat, you lower the greenhouse gas emissions that cause climate change. Meat production is by far one of the largest contributors to greenhouse gas emissions, which cause global warming.
Why Slow Food?
With over 150 chapters in the USA, Slow Food is a worldwide, grassroots organization founded to prevent the disappearance of local food cultures and traditions. It raises awareness and interest in the foods we eat, where it comes from and how these choices affect the world around us. This movement has grown to involve millions of people in more than 160 countries.
Cook Up a Better Future: A Chef's Guide
Sign up for this campaign and the Slow Food Chefs’ Alliance at slowfoodusa.org/chefs-alliance. We’ll give you a campaign kit that includes sample ingredients from Slow Food’s “Ark of Taste,” a global catalog of foods facing extinction. These ingredients — Sea Island Red Peas, Carolina Gold Rice, Sea Island White Flint Corn, and Sea Island Benne Seeds — have been generously donated by Anson Mills.
Create one signature meatless recipe with peas, rice and benne, and another with corn. Be bold and original!Tell us how much product you need to serve your dish, and we'll send you full product at no cost to you, thanks to Anson Mills.
Tell your diners that you're participating in the "Cook Up a Better Future" campaign! Make it an event night to draw in extra patrons by promoting this special debut in your local press, in your community on your website and social media. We'll send you digital content you can use.
Have fun and share photos on social media as you go through the process. Use the hashtags: #MenuForChange, #MeatlessMonday, #SlowFood
On Monday, September 25th, launch your signature meatless dish with peas, rice and benne and promote your participation. We'll share ideas for how to get the most buzz from your climate-friendly meal.
Submit your signature meatless dish recipe to us at slowfoodusa.org/chefs-alliance
Keep the momentum going! Promote your meatless signature dish — and all your plant-based fare — each and every Monday. We do another day of action to Cook up a Better Future in November, using the corn.
QUESTIONS? Get in touch:
Director of Communications & Campaigns | Slow Food USA
Campaign Director | Meatless Monday