FLORENCE, S.C. -- Slow Food Pee Dee, a group that has grown the past year from one couple baking quiche with eggs from their own coupe to a well-attended monthly potluck and occasional socials, is holding a special potluck at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 6, at Victor's Bistro.
Like the national Slow Food movement, President Bryan Tayara said the group’s priority is to bring back the enjoyment of food. To do that, members encourage people to source their ingredients locally and take pride in what they eat.
And Victor's does just that. The fine-dining restaurant is also known for incorporating local foods in its menu.
Victor's owner Tim Norwood, wife Anne and new chef de cuisine Caleb Koski will be hosting the local food enthusiast group's January potluck at Victor's and will be the featured speakers. They will speak on how they incorporate local foods and the importance of supporting local businesses.
Each month, the Slow Food Pee Dee board chooses a couple of in-season ingredients that can be found locally and encourages everyone to get creative, make a dish and share their recipes at the event. This month's ingredients are winter greens and/or rice.
"Victor's new Chef De Cuisine, Caleb Koski, is a local breath of fresh air,” said Lindsey Tayara, who is in charge of membership for Slow Food Pee Dee. “He's passionate about this movement and I think that with Victor's elegant reputation it's the best place to start. It's very encouraging for us and our members to see that there are restaurants who want to be a part this positive change. We are very grateful to Mr. Tim Norwood and his staff for their involvement."
“We want to push people to use local food producers and their own backyards to grow food and try something new and interesting,” Bryan Tayara said in a previous interview. “We’re encouraging people to cook for themselves. We see a lot of people aren’t cooking, eating out at fast-food restaurants and we want this to be a little bubble of creativity in the kitchen.”
The Tayaras own Orangeland Seafood on Irby Street.
Vincent Peze is on the Slow Food Pee Dee board and said the get-togethers are about having a great time with like-minded people, but that seeing and tasting how other people are using local ingredients can really inspire creativity.
And if any attendees are unsure of where to find the freshest food around, some of the area’s most prominent purveyors of local food attend the get-togethers. Plus, in October the group took over hosting the city’s Wednesday farmers markets from 3 to 7:30 p.m. at the parking lot area near Harrington Vision Center on South Irby Street.
For more information on Slow Food Pee Dee visit its public Facebook group, where, like the potlucks themselves, all are welcome.