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


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


Slow Food Sunday at Bastyr: Palestinian Food and Mason Bees Talk

lentil_soupOur friends on the east side have a tasty and informative event coming up this Sunday. Check out the details below.

The next Slow Food Sunday in Kirkland will be held on Sunday, 13-Apr. Home cook and Palestine native Hiba Reshig will team with her mother Samira to present a soup-to-nuts program that includes several regional specialties. We’ll have a traditional Shawrbat’adas lentil soup, a game hen dish seasoned with dried sumac petals served on a flatbread with caramelized onions, a rice dish known as Mujadar that will be the main for our vegetarian guests and side for all others, a Palestinian “simple salad”, and homemade starter desserts that you’ll need to read more about at Our talks will include a presentation by Hiba and Samira on Palestinian food traditions and we’ll also have a special presentation by Stephanie Corchnoy on the fascinating role of Mason bees to support food production in our region.

mushakhanSee the SlowFoodSunday website for more details and to register!

March Membership Memo: Tuna Canning, Slow Food Magazine, May Foraging

Front Yard ForagerA quick post with some highlights for our members or those considering becoming/renewing members…

We still have a few spots left in our Tuna Canning Event on March 30. This event is only open to our members.

If you are a member interested in attending the tuna event, or not a member but interested in becoming one and attending, please feel free to contact us at for more information.

Slow USAAlso note that with the new membership. members receive the the new Slow Food USA magazine Slow USA in April and October. The first issue will be published in April. Keep an eye out for it!

110212 - Weed Cuisine-001And lastly, we finalizing the details for our next Slow Food event: a late May foraging walk with local author and forager Melany Vorass.  

Her book is called the Front Yard Forager and is a great introduction to what to do with the many wild edibles you can find right here in the urban environment! Members, be on the lookout for an email with the pre-sale details to come out in the next few weeks.

We, the local all-volunteer board of Slow Food Seattle, are very committed to our members and helping to improve the local experience! If you have thoughts, suggestions, questions, please feel free to contact us at We’d love to hear from you!

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