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”

TERRA MADRE DAY

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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“GMO OMG” opens tonight at SIFF

GMO OMGGMO OMG opens in Seattle tonight (Fri, Sept 27) at SIFF. Are you planning to attend?

Tonight there is a Q&A with Pamm Larry, California Grassroots Leader & Initial Instigator of Prop 37.

The film shows again tomorrow (Sat, Sept 28) at 3pm & 5:15.

As a proud supporter of Yes on 522, the GMO labeling initiative, Slow Food Seattle has shared numerous Yes on I-522 related updates/events/and posts on our page.

The timing of the film’s release couldn’t have come at a better time, as we are just over a month away from I-522 going up for a vote in WA state.

There have been a couple of pre-screenings already -including one hosted by PCC Natural Markets at Seattle Art Museum last Wednesday. Have you viewed the film or heard much buzz about it already? We’d love to hear your thoughts.

More info and reviews on the film and watch the trailer at the bottom of the post.

GMO OMG, take the audience on a journey to explore the unknown health and environmental risks of GMO’s, chemical toxins, and the food monopoly as well as the growing global movement to take back what we have lost.

“Filmmaker Jeremy Seifert digs deep into the current controversy surrounding GMO’s (genetically modified organisms) and their stronghold on the American agricultural system.” Eater.com

“Director Jeremy Seifert accomplishes something remarkable when he turns his camera on his family…its refreshing to see a work that gives emotion its due.” Grist.org

For more information, see the film’s Facebook page or website.

Slow Food Seattle’s Harvest Potluck and Annual Meeting is on Oct 13 – all are welcome!

2012-04-01Come to share and enjoy a Harvest Potluck with other like-minded folks who appreciate our local bounty and to learn about Slow Foods revived national initiatives and the new work we are beginning locally.

Our Harvest Potluck and Annual Meeting will be on October 13 at 1pm, at the Montlake Community Center.  RSVP here

Everyone is welcome! You do not have to be a Slow Food Seattle member to come join in the potluck. If you have been curious about our organization, this is a great chance to come meet with members and see what we’re all about! We will be discussing a few membership-related topics, with a few members-only votes, but the majority of our topics and activities will be of interest to anyone interested in good, clean, fair food:

  • I-522 (labeling GMO foods). Meg Kennedy from Central Co-op, will be there to discuss this important ballot initiative.
  • Ark of Taste: Slow Food’s Ark of Taste is a catalog of over 200 delicious foods in danger of extinction. The Ark’s goal is to help promote these foods to ensure their continued existence.
  • Slow Food’s new national initiatives
  • School gardens
  • Slow Fish – Slow Food’s special focus on seafood

IMG_7574Please bring:

  • A favorite dish to serve 20 with serving utensils
  • Eating utensils and a non-alcoholic beverage

We will supply plates, cups and napkins.

There will also be door prizes!

RSVP HERE

Yes on 522 – events and ways to get involved!

logo-trans-smallSlow Food Seattle has endorsed I-522, the campaign to label genetically modified foods.  Here is some additional background on the campaign from the “Yes on 522″ website:

A “yes” vote on 522 would give Washington shoppers more information about what’s in their food and control over their shopping decisions. Under this initiative, genetically engineered foods to be labeled could include chips, cold cereals, soft drinks, candy, corn and soy. Our food is already labeled with abundant nutritional information including sugar, sodium, whether flavors are natural or artificial and if salmon is wild or farm-raised. Additionally, American companies are already required to label genetically engineered food in 64 other countries. They should provide the same information to American shoppers.

If you would like to learn more about, volunteer for or generally support this campaign, here are a few ways to do so!

  1. Learn more at upcoming panel discussions, including one tomorrow, Saturday, September 7 at the Seattle Tilth Harvest Fair at 1pm. Slow Food Seattle’s own Philip Lee will moderate a panel with Delana Jones (I-522 Campaign Manager), Matt McDermott (Seattle Tilth Farm Works), Sander Kallshian (Seatte Seed Company), Maria Hines, (Maria Hines Restaurants), Ariana Taylor-Stanley (Tilth Producers of Washington), Dr. Lucy Jarosz (UW School of Geography). Find more panel discussions in the calendar below.
  2. Volunteer to help the phonebank.
  3. Hold a “Kitchen Conversation” with friends to discuss the issue and and raise funds.
  4. Attend a 522 fundraising event (see the calendar below and the Yes on 522 site for upcoming events).