Slow Food Event! Urban Wild Edible Walk with “The Front Yard Forager” Melany Vorass

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Join Slow Food Seattle and author Melany Vorass on a walk through Golden Gardens. Melany is the author of the cookbook “The Front Yard Forager,” a guide to “identifying, collecting, and cooking the 30 most common urban weeds.”

During this leisurely stroll, Melany will discuss the plants found in Golden Gardens and all around Seattle. She’ll discuss identifying characteristics, harvesting considerations, and culinary ideas.

If you have been curious about wild food and foraging, this is an excellent introduction to the topic.

General public tickets are $15, Slow Food Members are $5. Members were recently sent the discount code. If you are a current member interested in signing up, but have not received the email with the code, please email us at membership@slowfoodseattle.org.

Sign up here. We are limited to 20 people, and foraging events always fill up quickly, so sign up soon!

 

Slow Food Book Club Meeting and Author Talk: Langdon Cook’s “The Mushroom Hunters”

mushroom_hunters_coverJust in time for morel season! We will be reading THE MUSHROOM HUNTERS by Langdon Cook for our May book club. And! Special bonus! Langdon Cook has graciously agreed to come join our chat (scheduling permitting). A great chance for us to support a local author and read a book that’s been getting critical raves since it came out. Join us!

We’ll be meeting on May 8 at the Beacon Hill Library at 6:30-7:45pm (pls note the original time posted was incorrect) 6pm. We’ll have light refreshments.

You do not have to be a member to join our book club. It’s free, and there’s no commitment. Just come join fellow food lovers to chat about the titles that interest you!

Again, it’s free, but please do RSVP here.

 

What is your Slow Food Story?

Slow Food’s mission is “good, clean and fair food for all,” and of course, that means a focus on local, sustainable and ethical food. But part of the “good” in the “good food” in our mission is also about history, tradition, and connection. Delicious food is always made a little more special when it comes with a good story.

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So Slow Food wants to hear and share those stories, and to that end, has started the “Stories from a Slow Food Nation” project.

This is a collection of stories told by people in this country who keep food and farming strong.

These stories share deep knowledge meant to inspire others to celebrate or create their own food culture. They feature everyday people keeping traditions alive in their kitchens and backyards, in their raised beds and invoice sheets. They encourage more people to go slow, and spark conversations about the rich diversity that persists despite the inclinations of the industrial food system.

We must closely protect our ability to tell our stories. You have one to tell, and you’ll find that sharing it helps us all see that we are indeed a Slow Food nation; one that values good, clean and fair food for all, for today and for future generations.

You can see two short videos from the project here in this post, but check out even more over on the Stories page on the national site.

Do you have a Slow Food Story of your own? Share it with the Slow Food community! Here’s the info on how you, too, can submit your story. They can be written, in audio or video format, or original works of art, whatever inspires you to tell your story of food and connection.

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Slow Food Seattle School Garden Meeting April 22

makah ozetteHealthy eating habits and finding joy in good food and cooking start early in life! Slow Food believes this, and so one of our major programs is working to help establish and maintain school gardens.

If this is an element of Slow Food that appeals to you, come learn more at Slow Food Seattle School Garden committee’s next meeting on April 22. Here is the event info:

Our next Slow Food Seattle school garden meeting will be Tuesday, April 22 from 4:30 to 6 P.M. Come with an appetite as Chipotle has offered to supply us with food! We are excited to be meeting at the Seattle Children’s Playgarden.

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Slow Food Speakeasy Cocktail Contest: Win a Trip to Turin Italy for Terra Madre and Salone del Gusto

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Local bartenders and mixologists (professional AND amateur)! Here’s a chance to show your regional pride and cocktail skill, AND potentially win a trip to Turin, Italy for Slow Food’s October Terra Madre and Salone del Gusto.

ImageSlow Food USA is running a cocktail contest, open for entries until April 30. The full rules can be found at this link, but the gist: make a cocktail that stars a Pacific Northwest region’s Ark of Taste ingredient, embodies our local flavor, is delicious, can be made “party ready.” and is good, clean, and fair for all.

Twelve finalists will be selected, and from there, online voting will choose the four winners, who will win the trips to Turin for the October 23-27 Terra Madre and Salone del Gusto.

cherryClick here to see our local Pacific Northwest ingredients. Maybe something sweetened with Alaskan Birch Syrup? A cordial made from Black Republican Cherry? An oyster shooter with our own Olympia Native Oyster? (Also note American Rye Whiskey is on the “Nationwide” list so it might be up for grabs (if you have questions about the rules and acceptable ingredients, please email speakeasy@slowfoodusa.org).