By Chef Tanya Petrovna
Native Foods Cafe
What better to do on a day in May than have a "fun"raiser for school gardens? That's exactly what Slow Food Desert Cities chapter did with numerous restaurants in the Coachella Valley yesterday and Native Foods Cafe participated by showing off and introducing to many the slowest food of all, tempeh! My tagline for the day was "Tempeh is so slow, it stops."
The Slow Food movement is all about sustainable and local foods and the worlds greatest sustainable protein food is tempeh, then if you add the word "delectable," while eating a Native Foods Cafe Scorpion Burger,one can begin to understand that saving the planet is easy.
All the restaurants had tables set up around the kid's garden display from Cathy Liss' class from Aqua Caliente elementary school. There was a restaurant with a chalk board in the shape of a pig serving pork, this scared me so I took the table farthest away and right next to the musicians! While my voice is hoarse from explaining the beauty of tempeh next to the speaker, the perks were getting to dance while talking about tempeh and was able to explain the cause of the dancing was due to the "happy" spirit that comes about when eating this Indonesian in origin soul food.
Henry Fenwick, food writer for The Desert Sun and avid slow foodie even began to dance after his Scorpion craving was fulfilled!!