Help send Shawn Saindon to Terra Madre world food conference in Italy this fall.

As a US Slow Food delegate to the 2014 Terra Madre event in Turin, Italy, I'm raising funds for travel to the event & visits to area artisan cheese makers.
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Shawn Saindon
Food
Portland, Maine
United States
2 Team Members

Hi, Folks!

I am honored and excited to announce that I have been chosen as one of just 240 US delegates to attend Slow Food’s 2014 Terra Madre & Salone del Gusto global food conference from October 23-27 in Turin, Italy.

Delegates from over 130 countries are selected for their ability to represent their country, and their food traditions.  While in Italy, we will be given many opportunities for cross-cultural learning, to share food movement success stories and lessons learned, and to build relationships and bring new ideas back to the challenges still to be met at home. 

As a beginning cheese-maker and a selected delegate to the conference, I’m hoping for support to cover travel costs, and possibly even make some additional visits to creameries after the conference to maximize this learning experience. I want to learn as much as I can to deepen my education about artisan style cheese making and to share this knowledge with my community when I return.

A little about me...

For the past 10 years I have been working as a musician, seafood wholesaler and, more recently, pursuing a passion as a beginning cheese maker.

As a seafood wholesaler on the historic Union Wharf in Portland, Maine, I’ve been working to help our company shift direction from a retail seafood shipping company to a more localized seafood wholesale company, buying direct from the fishermen and lobstermen and shortening the distance to the customer. We now directly supply some of Southern Maine’s best chefs, caterers and seafood markets with fresh, locally caught seafood.

More recently, I’ve become a cheese maker in training! I began learning the basics of cheese making at home and through master cheese maker Jim Wallace at the New England Cheese Making Supply Company, and since then have become passionate about artisan cheese making and aspire to become a professional cheese maker. To further my learning, I'm interning with Winterhill Farm in Freeport, Maine, making cheese with milk from very rare Randall cows and Jersey cows. At Winter Hill, where they also make yogurt and bottle their own milk, I am studying under owner and cheese maker Sarah Wiederkehr, creating blues, feta, tommes and camembert style cheeses.

One day soon, I hope to start producing my own line of cheeses using the organic milk produced at my wife’s family's dairy farm, Rocky Ridge Organic Farm, which was started by her father 40 years ago in Litchfield, Maine.

While in Italy, I am very excited at the idea of scheduling stops along the way to meet and/or work with artisan cheese makers. There is nothing quite like seeing traditional cheese making first hand from the masters.


What Your Contribution Will Help with...

As a delegate, Slow Food will cover the cost of my conference admissions and meals while in Turin for Terra Madre and Salone del Gusto.  Money raised here will help to pay for my airfare, as well as ground transportation and lodging for the duration of my travels, including visiting regional creameries for a first-hand experience with traditional cheese making.

Perks

With the help of some friends and family, I have come up with some fun "perks" to show my great appreciation for any and all contributions. Some of these were donated from the businesses I work for. They range from Maine lobsters, cheese making classes, music from my past life as a rock star, a creamery tour & tasting, a lobster boat ride-a-long, and more!

I would like to thank Maine Lobster Direct, Winter Hill Farm, Shannon Moon Photography and Captain Dickie for their time and donations.

The Impact

I feel the opportunity to take part in this year’s conference, while also sharing my story, will expand my horizons and of those delegates who also attend. I also look forward to bringing what I learn back and sharing with my community, as I continue my learning journey and follow my passion to become a cheese maker.

Slow Food USA letter of support

May 15, 2014

Dear Friend,

Every two years, Slow Food and communities come together for Terra Madre & Salone del Gusto to display the extraordinary diversity of food from around the world and unite small-scale farmers and artisans who follow the principles of good, clean and fair.

Delegates from over 130 countries are chosen for their ability to represent the breadth of the country’s food traditions and movement success stories as well as their capacity to take the new lessons, ideas and relationships back to the challenges still to be met at home.

This year, Slow Food USA has invited Shawn Saindon to be a U.S. delegate for this landmark food and farming conference, running October 23-27 in Turin, Italy.

Being selected for this historic event is a special honor.

Shawn is one of 240 to be selected as a delegate out of 500 applications. Not only does this mean that Slow Food leaders admire the incredible work that Shawn is doing, it also means that we believe Shawn is an important voice in representing the diverse U.S. food movement to the international community.

The benefits of being a delegate include free admission, housing, food, and ground transportation during the event, as well as an opportunity to showcase their work at Slow Food USA-sponsored booths and events.

We ask that delegates assume the responsibility for their own flight tickets and other incidentals. Many delegates require financial support to attend.

We invite you to join us in supporting Shawn with a donation today.

Terra Madre and Salone del Gusto is a powerful and transformative experience. Delegates leave inspired to change the food system through a global consciousness and deeper respect for the diverse, international food movement.

This year, the theme of Terra Madre and Salone del Gusto is food diversity as an alternative to industrial agriculture, especially as expressed through Slow Food’s Ark of Taste and Presidia projects. The events also will closely coordinate with the International Year of the Family Farmer.

The Slow Food USA delegation will also celebrate the immense human and cultural diversity present in the US. Please support Shawn in joining the most diverse U.S. delegation yet to attend Terra Madre and Salone del Gusto.

Thank you,

Jovan Sage

Director, Network Engagement

Slow Food USA

Other Ways to Help

I know that some of you want to help but cannot do so at this time, and I appreciate that! One of the most powerful tools we have to help each other out these days is social media. Please feel free to share my campaign through Facebook, Twitter or email.

Thank you for taking the time to read this! I appreciate any and all of your support.

Shawn Saindon


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  • $2USD
    Wine soaked cheddar recipe

    For all you cheese makers out there-I will email you my recipe for a wine soaked cheddar cheese. I have worked on it over the past two years and finally perfected it! This cheese has been tested by many of my good friends and they loved it.

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    Estimated delivery: August 2014
  • $5USD
    Video Postcard & Recipe

    I will be recording video 'Thank Yous' direct from the Terra Madre event in Turin, Italy and will send them to your email inbox. I will also email you a copy of the Wine Soaked Cheddar recipe.

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    Estimated delivery: October 2014
  • $10USD
    5 Songs emailed to your inbox

    Not only will you receive a video postcard (see $5 perk), but I've also picked out my top 5 favorite songs that I've written and recorded with various projects. I'll send them to your inbox. Music is good!

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    Estimated delivery: August 2014
  • $15USD
    10 Songs Emailed to your inbox

    A video post card AND I've picked out my top 10 favorite songs I've written recorded with various projects. Sent to your inbox.

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  • $25USD
    CD Prize pack!

    I have a few physical CD's available, so a donation of $25 will score you signed copies of cd's from two of my past projects: Hiss and Chambers and Vacationland, plus a digital copy of my early solo album. Get a slice of Portland's rock & roll history right here! Also, you get the video post card, too.

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    Estimated delivery: August 2014
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    $35USD
    Creamery Tour & Tasting

    You and a guest will tour the farm and creamery at Winter Hill Farm in Freeport, ME. Your hosts Shawn and Winter Hill owner and cheese maker Sarah Wiederkehr will give you a guided tour and introduce you to the rare breed of Randall cows that create the milk for the farm's signature cheeses. At the end of the tour you will be treated to a tasting of the various cheeses produced on the farm. Check out their website www.winterhillfarm.com

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  • $35USD
    Basic Cheese Making Class 1

    In a small group, learn the very basics of cheese making! We'll go through the process while making mozzarella together at my house. Afterward, we'll make homemade pizza with our fresh mozzarella. This session will you the confidence to try your hand at cheese making in your own home. This will be held Saturday Sept 6th 3pm-6/7pm

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    Estimated delivery: September 2014
  • $35USD
    Basic Cheese Making Class 2

    In a small group, learn the very basics of cheese making! We'll go through the process while making mozzarella together at my house. Afterward, we'll make homemade pizza with our fresh mozzarella. This session will you the confidence to try your hand at cheese making in your own home. This will be held Saturday Sept 13th 3pm-6/7pm

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    $45USD
    6 pack of Maine Lobsters

    6 pack of 1lb Maine Lobsters from Maine Lobster Direct on Union Wharf in Portland. This will be available for pick-up from the warehouse and can be arranged for any time. Visit their website www.mainelobsterdirect.com

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    Estimated delivery: August 2014
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    $60USD
    2lb Wheel- Whiskey Cheddar

    After I return from Italy in late October, I will be making a batch of Whiskey cheddar cheeses. Made from Organic raw milk from the family farm and aged to 6 months old. Available for release April 2015. (Only two will be available)

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    $60USD
    Wheel Garlic & Chive Cheddar

    After I return from Italy in late October, I will be making a batch of Garlic & Chive cheddar cheeses. Made from Organic raw milk from our family farm and aged to 6 months old. Available for release April 2015.

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    Estimated delivery: April 2015
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    $60USD
    2lb wheel Whiskey Cheddar

    *JUST ADDED!* Two more Whiskey Cheadar cheese wheels. After I return from Italy in late October, I will be making a batch of Whiskey cheddar cheeses. Made from Organic raw milk from the family farm and aged to 6 months old. Available for release April 2015. (Only two will be available)

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    Estimated delivery: May 2015
  • $75USD
    Family Photo/ Headshots

    Be it a corporate head shot or a family sitting, you'll be in great hands at my sister's photography studio in West Bath, ME. This gift certificate is good for a one hour family sitting or for professional shots. Valued at $125.00 Check out her work http://www.shannonmoonphotography.com/

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    $90USD
    Maine Lobsters - Shipped

    6 pack of 1lb Hard Shell, Maine Lobsters from Maine Lobster Direct in Portland, ME. Shipped over night to anywhere in the country. $125 value! Visit their website www.mainlobsterdirect.com

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    Estimated delivery: August 2014
  • $150USD
    Personal Cheese making class

    Getting started with cheese making is the hardest part! So let's spend an afternoon and learn the basics of cheese making in your own home. With this one-on-one class, I will come to your house and help you set up to make cheese at your own pace. Perk includes a basic cheese making kit! This session will be arranged and scheduled between Shawn and the person who claims this perk. **Travel distances need to be within 50 miles of Portland, ME.**

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