The Slow Food Convention in San Francisco was supposed to overcome that movement’s reputation for elitism. Some thought they made progress, others saw a lot of room for improvement. Judging by the experiences of Monica Pope, who blogged about the event for Alison Cook’s blog, it wasn’t exactly Woodstock for foodies. Getting into the exclusive Food Pavilions, where Pope had to drop names and call in favors to gain admission, was apparently harder than getting a table in one of New York’s snottiest restaurants.
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But the Food Pavillions were supposed to be hard to get into, we are told; they were charging big bucks for tickets to raise funds to cover the cost of the free events. And there were lots of attractions open to the hoi polloi. Our sister paper, the San Francisco Weekly, did a great job of covering the Slow Food Festivities throughout the week -- scroll through the many dispatches for a convention overview. -- Robb Walsh