On May 7, I was lucky enough to attend the Slow Food Nova Scotia Spring Supper in Dartmouth. It was a church dinner of sorts, long tables running the width and length of the Christ Church hall in Dartmouth. Brown paper table coverings stamped with green leaves hinted at the Springtime theme, while rain tapped against the windows in a never-ending stream.
The night was comprised of seven courses of locally-inspired dishes prepared by some of the province’s most talented chefs, delivered with the help of some of the best servers in the city, who were kind enough to help out on a Saturday night. The meal was served to a crowd seated family-style, and I was lucky enough to sit near Ruth Daniels, blogger-extraordinaire from Once Upon a Feast, and Margo Riebe-Butt, one of the members of the Board at Slow Food NS. Great conversation added to the great atmosphere. Michael Howell—President of Slow Food NS, chef/owner of Wolfville’s Tempest World Cuisine, and one of the participating chefs—took some time to tell me a bit about the dinner and the idea behind it.