Metaphorically speaking, within a global economy, "Slow Food" is a movement towards a maintainable economy regarding both agricultural and industrial food production... At the core of this project lies a philosophy which fights consumerism and protests agains mass production, unscrupulous exploitation of natural resources and the industrialisation process which undermines and smothers traditional values.
The industrialisation of food production damages the balance in ecology and undermines traditional economies in many parts of the world - forcing small-scale producers of healthy foodstuffs to become part of a nature-exploiting workforce.
On a local, or even better - a personal level: the "Slow food" life and eating philosophy would be best described as the opposite of a modern, frenetic way of life, and eating in "fast-food" restaurants. Within the context of the Mediterranean kitchen, "Slow food" is descriptive of the choice of ingredients, food preparation and enjoyment - not only of the meal, but of the process of creating the meal, the atmosphere in which it is eaten, a way we have known for generations.
At The Golden Shell, we aim to use only the best quality ingredients and fruits of nature - nurtured and brought to us by the hands of local farmers and fishermen. It is our sincere hope that we are making a difference and helping local economy and the traditional agricultural methods, while ensuring that our guests are offered a choice of only the finest and healthiest of delicacies.
The modern way of living requires fast consumation of calories, and often we see food more as a burden and necessity than something to be enjoyed. However, at least for the short time you spend as our guest, resting in Hvar - we will try to conjure the atmosphere of a time not so long ago: when the evening meal was an opportunity to enjoy the food, relaxation, talk, company and... - for a perfect end to a perfect day.
An American businessman was at the pier of a tiny coastal Dalmatian village when a small boat with just one fisherman docked. Inside the small boat were several large large fishes. The American complimented the Dalmatian on the quality of his fish and asked how long it took to catch them. "Only a little while," fisherman replied.
The American then asked why didn't he stay out longer and catch more fish? Fisherman said that he had enough to support his family's immediate needs. The American then asked, "But what do you do with the rest of your time?"
The Dalmatian fisherman replied, "I sleep late, fish a little, play with my children, take a siesta with my wife, stroll into the village each evening where I sip wine and play guitar with my friends. I have a full and busy life, sir."
The American scoffed, "I am a Harvard MBA and could help you. You should spend more time fishing and with the proceeds buy a bigger boat and with the proceeds from the bigger boat you could buy several boats, eventually you would have a fleet of fishing boats. Instead of selling your catch to a middleman you would increase your profits and sell directly to the processor, eventually opening your own cannery. You would control the product, processing and distribution. You would need to leave this tiny coastal fishing village and move to big city,where you will run your expanding enterprise."
The Dalmatian fisherman asked, "But sir, how long will this all take?"
The American replied: "15-20 years."
"But what then, sir?"
The American laughed and said, "That's the best part. When the time is right you would announce an IPO and sell your company stock to the public and become very rich, you would make millions."
"Millions, sir? Then what?"
The American said, "Then you would retire. Move to a tiny coastal fishing village where you could sleep late, fish a little, play with your kids, take a siesta with your wife, stroll to the village in the evenings where you could sip wine and play your guitar with your friends."