A very brief note to say that my slow food dinner Sunday night was sublime.
Now, it cost the price of a good meal, which to me means what you can get away with in a Philly BYOB: About $30 for a starter plus a main course, plus wine. So, in this context, while local didn't mean cheap, it did mean comparable to non-local.
And it was so much better. The ingredients simply were better. Typically, for example, a strawberry, carrot, goat cheese and beet salad would have a hard time standing up to a Shiraz. Here, the salad overwhelmed the Shiraz, because the flavors were so intense. (I should say that at this restaurant, they do know how to cook, so I don't think the variable was preparation.)
Best meal I've had in a long, long time, and that includes meals I've had when travelling, if and when I haven't been forced into ramen noodle mode.
Quite the experience, taste!
NOTE Slow Food International.