Slow: Life in a Tuscan Town

“Here at Slow Food we have delighted in watching Douglas Gayeton’s growing body of work documenting the slow lives of farmers and ordinary people. These photographs are rich and undeniably authentic, and could only have been made by someone with a deep sensitivity and understanding that goes beyond the boundaries of nations and languages, and represents the principles at heart of the Slow Food movement.” -Carlo Petrini, Slow Food International President

The third part of Slow Food Portland’s month of food and art takes place this Saturday with a special visit from artist and author Douglas Gayeton. While spending a year abroad in the small Tuscan town of Pistoia, Gayeton took to documenting the stories and lives of his adopted home. Blending thousands of photos together with hand-written anecdotes, digressions, recipes, and biographies, Gayeton’s work provides a seamless collage of Italian life at the beginning of the 21st century. His sepia-toned photo montages are richly textured and engrossingly detailed portraits of families, traditions, and everyday routine. Visitors to last year’s Slow Food Nation were treated to an exhibition of his full-scale photos, and now, with the release of Slow: Life in a Tuscan Town, people across the country will be able to delve into his work and stories.

Join Slow Food Portland this Saturday, October 10, as we welcome Gayeton to Portland with a prix-fixe dinner from Nostrana, inspired by his Italian travels. Gayeton’s photos will be on display in the restaurant, and he will be on-hand signing books and talking about his project. Nostrana will be open for normal dinner hours with their full menu, but make sure to try the special three-course menu, which includes a signed copy of Gayeton’s book. Come share a glass of wine, a comforting meal, and conversation about these stunning photographs.

Nostrana and Slow Food Portland present photographer and author Douglas Gayeton

Where:Nostrana, 1401 SE Morrison, Portland
When: 5:00-10:00pm Saturday, October 10
Prix Fixe Meal: $65 (including a copy of Gayeton’s book at 20% off)
Reservations: Contact Nostrana at (503) 234-2427. Reservations can be made for anytime between 5:00 and 10:00pm.
A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Slow Food

SLOW Menu ($65 includes a copy of Gayeton’s book. $25 without book. At least one Prix Fixe menu must include a copy of SLOW):
zuppa di peperoni gialli
sausages and grapes with sweet corn polenta
biscotti/cantucci with vin santo

Check out this short video below, in which Gayeton talks about the process behind his book.

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