Representin' Cali, Brentwood biodynamic farmer Rick Knoll was the American star at this week's Slow Food gathering in Italy, according to the New York Times. "With his long, white Edgar Winter hair and Converse sneakers, Mr. Knoll was easily recognized, and conference-goers stopped him for photos," writes ex-Chron food staffer Kim Severson. "He acted the part, too. After a morning of trying to wade through seminars shakily translated into eight languages, he'd had enough. 'We're going over to the Salone to drink our body weight in wine,' he said."