Help Chef Brett Attend Slow Food International ‘Terra Madre’ Gathering

Chef_Brett_Terra_MadreDes Moines Slow Food member Brett McClavy has been nominated to the US delegation attending the Slow Food International bi-annual Terra Madre Salone del Gusto gathering in Turin, Italy, next month.

To defray the cost of airfare to Italy and ground transportation in Turin, Brett is leading a September 18 sauerkraut-making workshop and has launched a GoFundMe fundraising page.

First, about the Kraut-making workshop: Chef Brett will be facilitating a class Sunday, September 18, at Grade A Gardens in Johnston. The cost of the workshop is $75 and participants will be taking home 5# of kraut, with instructions on how to take care of it. He says: “Space in the workshop is limited. If you are interested, you can email me personally to sign up for the class at”

IMG_1035“Chef Brett” has worked as the Head Chef / cheesemonger / charcuterier at The Cheese Shop of Des Moines for several years, and is a founding member of Des Moines’ chapter of the Chefs’ Collaborative. In that capacity, Brett has helped to coordinate chefs and menus for the 2014 and 2015 Slow Food Des Moines’ Farm Dinner fundraisers (pictured).

At Terra Madre, Brett and his wife, Nicole, will represent Des Moines Slow Food, Slow Food USA, and The Cheese Shop, sharing their Iowa Slow Food community experiences and perspectives, and making connections with like-minded people from around the world.

Brett says he is eager to “connect with as many chefs and farmers from around the world… to  learn new things we can bring back and implement here… [with an] emphasis on how we can continue to build a strong local food network here in Des Moines.”

If you would like to make a donation to help Chef Brett and Nicole defray their Terra Madre airfare and ground transportation costs, check out their GoFundMe campaign.

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