We hope you are enjoying your summer and keeping cool on the warm days we've been having! Here are some quick updates on upcoming events (including our picnic potluck and honey tasting coming up soon on August 10th!), and a report back from our fantastic visit earlier this month to Kurtwood Farms on Vashon Island.
Sunday, August 10, 12pm-2pm, Ravenna Park Picnic Area
It's time for Slow Food Seattle's summer picnic potluck. Bring a dish and join us at Ravenna Park for a picnic lunch. Our potlucks are consistently delicious and always a fun way to connect with your fellow food lovers. Meet new folks or chat again with those you might have met at some of our other events this year (tuna canning, edible plant walk, Kurtwood Farm visit...).
Looking for inspiration for a dish? We'd love to hear your Slow Food Story! Slow Food Stories is a current Slow Food USA project to collect the history behind the food we love. Is there a dish that has history for you, your culture, your family? Come share your dish and your story! (No particular story to share? That's okay, just make a favorite picnic dish, we'll be happy to share it!)
As a bonus, we'll have a honey tasting featuring several honeys from throughout the Western USA. Compare desert wildflower honey to Pacific NW wildflower honey. What does honey from Malibu taste like? Taste single varietals like saguaro or orange blossom.
We'll also be collecting non-perishables for Northwest Harvest.
Ticket price (to help offset cost of reserved picnic area):$5/individual; $10 for groups of 3 or more; Children under 15 are free.
We had a fantastic time at our July visit to Kurtwood Farms. We tasted cheese, we tasted ice cream, we toured the farm, we saw the cows. Check out board member Eileen Lambert's report back from Vashon Island on the blog:
Stay tuned as we finalize our fall programs! We'll be celebrating mushrooms with Becky Selengut, chef and author of the mushroom cookbook Shroom (out September 9th) and are looking to schedule a fall harvest farm visit. More soon!
Some other community happenings that might be of interest to Slow Food Seattle members and newsletter subscribers:
- City Fruit is looking for Ambassadors! "City Fruit is looking for volunteers in the five neighborhoods where we currently work (Ballard, Phinney/Greenwood, South Seattle, Wallingford, and West Seattle) to become the face and voice of the organization and the urban fruit harvest in their community." Apply by August 1 to be considered.
- Saturday, August 9, 10am-12pm: Ready, Set, Go...COOK! at U-District Farmers Market. Speaking of Becky Selengut, she will be going head to head against Mutsuko Soma of Miyabi on 45th in a cooking competition at the market. "The challenge: create an original, unique dish using ONLY what's fresh on the market tables today for under $20 - AND, as an added challenge, must include three secret ingredients from the shelves of the U-District Food Bank. The chefs have 15 minutes to shop the market and 45 minutes to concoct their dishes."
- Friday, September 5, 7:30-8:45pm: Rowan Jacobsen and Clare Barboza with Langdon Cook: "The Apples You Never Knew About" at Town Hall. Our book club read American Terroir by Jacobsen, and as part of our meeting, sampled some apple jelly made with apples from Harmony Orchards, the Tieton orchard Jacobsen mentions in Terroir. Based on how good those apples are, we suspect he is a good person to listen to when it comes to this fruit. Sure to be a fascinating talk!
The devastating Carleton Complex wildfires have had effects beyond the directly-impacted areas, as businesses along Highway 2 have experienced some of the fallout from the closures and reports. Consider heading out that way for some of the great hikes along Highway 2 (find them on the Washington Trails Association hike finder map), and stopping for lunch or shopping in some of the local communities.
Love to cook? Here are some ways to use your love of cooking to help others around Seattle. Most of them are single events rather than on-going commitments, so can be easier to accommodate into busy or changeable schedules.