On April 2 and 3 2012, the Biodiversity House in the Lorenese Granary, in the middle of the Maremma Park and the Alberese Regional Farm in the province of Grosseto, Tuscany, hosted the first national meeting for chefs from the Alliance project linking Italian chefs and Slow Food Presidia.

The Alberese estate is an important location because one of the first Tuscan Presidia, the Maremma cattle breed, is raised in the farm owned by the Tuscany Regional Authority and several other nearby farms.

The Alliance chefs, the project’s regional coordinators and Italian Presidia producers took part in the two days of meetings, debates and exchanges and discussed the crucial themes affecting people involved in quality Italian gastronomy at the moment: the opportunities that can grow from direct contact with small-scale local producers, the need to sympathize with and support those who preserve flavors and work with respect for the land, the need to help preserve biodiversity and the development of sustainable agriculture and food production, consumer education and solidarity with small-scale producers in developing countries.

The meeting was structured according to the Terra Madre model, with the chefs free to speak and describe their own experiences and exchange knowledge, expanding and reinforcing the network of Terra Madre chefs.

A market of Slow Food Presidia products was also held in the Lorenese Granary during the days of the meeting.

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