Feeding a Yen, Growing a Feast, Mushroom Hunters: Slow Food Book Clubs Scheduled Through July

ImageInteresting in chatting with fellow food and book lovers? Come to the Slow Food Seattle Book Club! Scheduled every other month on the second Thursday, it’s free, open to members and non-members alike, and a great way to connect with other people who also love the intersection of the literary and culinary world. 

Here’s the schedule for the next three meetings. Location details for May and July yet to be determined, but this will give us all time to start reading the books!

Thu, March 13, 7pm: Feeding a Yen by Calvin Trillin. We are meeting at Roy Street Coffee and Tea in the small room. The book is a collection of food essays previously published in the New Yorker. So, not sure if you have time to read a whole book in time? Just read the ones you have time for and we can chat about what each of us got to. This collection contains one of the Slow Food’s board member’s absolute favorite pieces of food writing ever, “Don’t Mention It” about Shopsin’s in NYC. Really pressed for time? Just read that essay and come talk to us about it! We will be in the small room at Roy Street Coffee and Tea. RSVP here

Thu, May 8, 7pm: The Mushroom Hunters by Langdon Cook. Just 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! Location TBD. RSVP here

Thu, July 10, 7pmGrowing a Feast by Kurt Timmermeister. We are planning a Slow Food Seattle member visit to Kurtwood Farms this summer (more on that TBA later this year) and so this summer will be a perfect time to read his latest book! Location TBD. RSVP here

Update: Tuna Canning Sign-up Info Going to Members Week of February 24

tunaevent-jarstoprocessA quick update to our previous post regarding this year’s Tuna Canning Workshop. We are still working out a few details to make the sign-up as easy as possible for members, so the sign-up info will be going out to member emails next week (week of Feb 24). The good news is that if you would still like to become a member and be on the list for the invite info when it goes out, there is still time! To sign up or renew, visit the national site here, but also be sure to shoot us an email at membership@slowfoodseattle.org so that we can double check to make sure you are on the list.


Tuna Canning Workshop 2014 is coming up for Slow Food Seattle members!

tunaevent-jarsfilledWe hope your 2014 is off to an excellent start. Slow Food Seattle is planning some great member activities to make your year even more delicious.

First on our list is the return of our very popular Tuna Canning Workshop on Sunday, March 30!

This is a unique opportunity to work and learn alongside fellow Slow Food members to tin (jar) up some delicious tuna. It’s been a sell-out event in years past and results in the best canned tuna you have ever experienced.

Starting this year, this special event is only available to our members.

We will be sending sign-up information to our current members the week of February 17th.

Not sure if you are a current member? Send a note to membership@slowfoodseattle.org and we’ll confirm your status.

Has your membership lapsed or you’re not a member? Want to participate in the Tuna Canning Workshop (and get access to other member-only events this year)? Renew or sign up now on the national website here and send us a note to confirm at membership@slowfoodseattle.org to ensure you are on the invite list.

And stay tuned for more great activities with Slow Food Seattle this year!

Slow Food Seattle Book Club – “Relish” by Lucy Knisley

RELISH BANNERChat with fellow food and book lovers at the Slow Food Seattle book club! We are a casual, easy-going group and all are welcome to attend.

Our first book for Jan 2014 is “Relish: My Life in the Kitchen” by comic artist Lucy Knisley. This is a graphic memoir/cookbook illustrating (literally!) her life so far via her experiences with food. The official book blurb is below along with a peek inside the book.

We will be meeting on Thu, Jan 9 at 6:30pm at Zoka Coffee Roasters on Blakeley behind U-Village. Please see the RSVP links below for more specifics.

Our book clubs are a great way to get to know people in the Slow Food organization. We meet every other month to discuss a food title, and we’re always happy to meet new book and food lovers!

In order to reserve space appropriately, we are asking for RSVPs by Jan 3. You can RSVP here on our Facebook page or here on our Eventbrite page for those not on FB. Thanks!

Book description:

Lucy Knisley loves food. The daughter of a chef and a gourmet, this talented young cartoonist comes by her obsession honestly. In her forthright, thoughtful, and funny memoir, Lucy traces key episodes in her life thus far, framed by what she was eating at the time and lessons learned about food, cooking, and life. Each chapter is bookended with an illustrated recipe—many of them treasured family dishes, and a few of them Lucy’s original inventions.

A welcome read for anyone who ever felt more passion for a sandwich than is strictly speaking proper, Relish is a graphic novel for our time: it invites the reader to celebrate food as a connection to our bodies and a connection to the earth, rather than an enemy, a compulsion, or a consumer product.

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Today is Terra Madre Day! Celebrate Local Food, Enjoy the “Ark of Taste”


Today is Terra Madre Day! It’s an international day set aside to celebrate local food.

There’s no formal Slow Food Seattle event today, but please do stay tuned to see what we have in the works for 2014. Our leadership team has been discussing many really delicious possibilities for members and we hope to start announcing new events as we head into the new year.

In the meantime, you can celebrate local foods in your own home today and any day! One way is, of course, shopping locally for local produce.

Or consider checking out one of our Pacific Northwest products listed on Slow Food’s Ark of Taste.

The Ark of Taste is a special project of Slow Food, with the mission to “rediscover, catalog and promote foods that are closely linked to specific communities and cultures but are threatened by industrial standardization. Today the Ark lists more than 1,100 unique foods from 50 countries. The Foundation has set an ambitious goal to board thousands more products over the next few years, tracking them down in every corner of the planet to provide a great step forward in protecting edible biodiversity.”

What does this mean? It means the Ark of Taste is dedicated to making sure some of our most delicious foods don’t go extinct! And to save them by eating them, and encouraging others to get to know these special ingredients.

You can explore the whole list here, but here are some ideas for something you could do for Terra Madre related to the Ark of Taste for dinner tonight!

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