Glad y'all are talking 'bout my favorite subject!
First a couple of quick answers:
The contact in Madison is Tami Lax, email firstname.lastname@example.org
The contact in Portland is email@example.com
(I assumed you meant Oregon let me know if you meant one of the many other Portlands)
Those of you who are interested in joining must do so through the national office, and the easiest way is through the US website at www.slowfoodusa.org
Slow Food is an extremely importanty and worthwhile organization. To see something about our biggest event, the "Salone del Gusto" or "Hall of Taste" visit www.salonedelgusto.com
. It is the biggest food show in the world, and it is not overrun with the McDonalds, Miller Brewings and ABs of the world. Rather, it is a couple of thousand exhibitors and seminars are geared toward highly flavorful, sustainable, artisinal cuisine.
To see something closer to home, visit my website (below) and click on the green "From Field to Family" icon on the homepage. There you will see what we have planned here in the provinces to support our local growers and to support sustainable cuisine in general. It's a big culinary festival featuring special guests Lynn Rossetto Kasper, Deborah Madison and Slow Food USA President Patrick Martins.
Please throw me all the questions you would like to. As I said, this is a favorite subject.