Calling all Slow Food Friends! Slow Food Washington Meeting

On Friday, August 18, noon to 8pm and Saturday, August 19th, 9am-3pm, Slow Food chapter leaders and friends of Slow Food will meet at 21 Acres in Woodinville to share accomplishments and future intentions and learn about existing and future opportunities for Slow Food. There will be roundtables, presentations, Q & A and typical Slow Food conviviality (including delicious food!). All are welcome!

For more information, please see the ticketing page on Brown Paper Tickets here.


Slow Food Seattle Finnriver Cider Fall Tour & Tasting

2016_finnriver_ciders_applesJoin Slow Food Seattle on a delicious fall field trip to Finnriver Cider in Chimacum on the Olympic Peninsula.

Sunday, September 24
Slow Food tour, lunch & tasting: 12pm-3pm

Slow Food Seattle first visited Finnriver Cider in 2013, and we’re delighted to return to their new orchard and tasting pavillion.

Here’s a hint of what we love about Finnriver:

Finnriver farms and ferments on 80 acres of organic farm and orchard in Chimacum, along a restored salmon stream on the north Olympic Peninsula of Washington.  While our farm is remote, we’re honored to be on the forefront of the Pacific Northwest hard cider revival and we are committed to producing both traditional and innovative hard ciders using premium, organic ingredients while maintaining an authentically farmcrafted and land-based operation.  We source organic apples from across Washington state and grow our own organic orchard of over 5,500 trees, with 20 varieties of heirloom and traditional cider apple varieties.  We aspire to serve the land with cider,  by caring for our soils, watershed and community while crafting award-winning premium ciders.

For our Slow Food visit, we’ll take a private tour and learn about the history of Finnriver and its connection to the larger food and farming community.

2016_finnriver_pizzaAfter our tour, our Slow Food group will lunch together in the tasting pavilion. You can pre-order a seasonal wood-fired pizza from Dented Buoy (please see notes below in the pricing section regarding options), and owner John Shelley will speak with our group about his ingredient sourcing for this very locally-grown pizza. While we will only be doing pre-orders for the pizza, Hama Hama Oysters and Quimper Crepe Cart will also be onsite and you can buy and enjoy from them directly.

After lunch, we’ll have a guided tasting of six Finnriver ciders. You can also order other ciders on tap, and buy from their bottle shop.

2016_finnriver_musicAfter our event, you are welcome to stay and enjoy live music (playing from 2-5pm) in the pavilion, play lawn games, or stroll back into the orchard.

Tour (required) $7.00 (Current Slow Food Members)/$10 (Non-Members)
Tasting (optional) $15.00
Pizza (optional) $15.50
If purchasing a pizza with your ticket, please select your pizza type (vegetarian and gluten-free options available) in the final questionnaire when checking out. Please note – to order a pizza and answer the questionnaire, you must be on the Brown Paper Tickets standard site, not mobile.


If you’d like to make a day or weekend of your trip out to the Peninsula, we have a list of recommendations to fully enjoy all there is to offer on the other side of the water!

Current Slow Food members: the password for the member price was sent out recently via email. In the ticketing section above, please click “Enter a Password or Discount Code” and enter the password from the email in order to receive the discount price. If you have not received or would like to check your membership status, please email

Slow Food Seattle Summer Picnic, Alaskan Black Cod Feast, and Annual Meeting

**Ticket sales will end on 7/19 so we have our final count for our cod feast. Sign up soon!**


Slow Food Seattle Summer Picnic, Alaskan Black Cod Feast, and Annual Meeting

Sunday, July 23
12pm-3pm, with Slow Food Annual Meeting at 2pm

Current Slow Food members: the password for the member price was sent out recently via email. In the ticketing section above, please click “Enter a Password or Discount Code” and enter the password from the email in order to receive the discount price. If you have not received or would like to check your membership status, please email

For the past three years, Slow Food Seattle has come together for an excellent time at our summer picnic at Ravenna Park. We had a honey tasting in 2014, an artisanal sausage selection in 2015, a salmon celebration in 2016, and of course, amazing potlucks each year (Slow Food people continue to set a high bar for potlucks).

We’re returning to Ravenna Park for our 2017 summer picnic.

Our grill will be manned by chef Varin Keokitvon and Slow Food Regional Governor Gerry Warren, both members of the Slow Food Seattle Board. We’ll be providing an Alaskan Black Cod entree to enjoy with the sides and desserts in our potluck.

After we feast, join us for our annual meeting.

Members and non-members are all welcome!


Ticket price (to help offset cost of reserved picnic area and the cod): $12 members, $17 non-members, children under 12 free

Buy tickets here

– We will provide a delicious Alaskan Black Cod entree.
– Bring utensils/cups/plate/beverage for yourself and a potluck dish.
– We have reserved the picnic areas and shelter area; please bring along camp chairs/sit-upons for yourself and any guests.
– Meet many great people who care about good food as much as you do.
– Stay for our Slow Food meeting – topics to be announced!

Tuna Ticketing Live!

Slow Food Members –

If you are a current Slow Food member (paid dues through Slow Food USA), you should have just received an email from us with the tuna ticketing info. If you have not, or if you would like to check your current membership status, please email us at Thanks!


Slow Food Seattle Volunteer Opportunity: Cook at Fisher House!

fisherWe are happy to announce  our next Slow Food volunteer activity: we’re putting out the call today for 2-3 volunteers to join us to cook a community meal at the VA Puget Sound Fisher House on Tuesday, October 25th.

If you’re not familiar with the Fisher House system, they are places where families can stay while their military relatives are being treated at the VA.

Community meals are a way to help the families save a little on their food budget during their stay, and also are a way for the community to express appreciation for veteran’s service.

It’s also a very fun way to come together with people to cook for a cause. Feeding people delicious food is always a rewarding experience, and helping vet families enjoy a special meal during what can be a stressful time (and save them the time and cost of preparing their own meal) is especially gratifying! (For a report back on our last time at Fisher House in Oct 2015, see this post.)

We’re looking for 2-4 folks to help prepare buffet-style meal. We’ll provide the recipes and ingredients; you’ll come ready to get cookin’! No special skills are required, just being generally comfortable with basic kitchen tasks like chopping, mixing, sautéing, etc.

We aim to have the meal prepared by 5:30pm for the houseguests, so would like volunteers to arrive no later than 4pm. The meal is served for the houseguests to eat on their own schedule, which can vary due to visiting hours, so once we prepare, set it out, and clean up, volunteers will be free to go, usually between 6:30-7pm. 

A special feature of this event is the opportunity to cook with our board member and chef Varin Keokitvon (of Heartwood Provisions). (For an idea of the kind of delicious stuff Varin puts together, check out his Instagram feed.)
If you are interested or would like more information, please email If we have more interest than spots, we’ll follow up to let you know the volunteer spots are filled but will also give you info on how you can schedule your own volunteer day with friends, family or any other community groups you might be a part of.

Slow Food Volunteers: A Look Back at Cooking at Fisher House

creampuffWe are about to announce our next visit to cook at the Puget Sound VA Fisher House, and so want to share this report back on last year’s successful volunteer dinner.

In October, we enjoyed our second annual outing to cook a volunteer meal at the Fisher House at the Puget Sound VA Hospital.

The Fisher House system exists to provide a place to stay – plus support and comfort  – to families of veterans currently receiving medical care at a VA Hospital. Making a volunteer meal there is a great opportunity for people who look to cook! The Fisher House kitchen is large and can accommodate a group of about 5-8 people to prepare a meal onsite.

The home-cooked meal can help out the Fisher House families by saving the time and expense of cooking for themselves while also taking care of a loved one, coordinating visiting hours, and the other stresses associated with having a family member in the hospital.

In October, three Slow Food Board members (chef Varin Keokitvon, Emily White, and Leslie Seaton), cooked with three truly awesome volunteers: Sonya Morrison, who recently relocated to Woodinville from Spokane as part of her work with Patit Creek Winery; Heather Stimmler-Hall, a friend visiting the States from Paris (she was only a couple days into her trip to the States, and landed in Seattle just hours before we cooked!); and Ron Askew, Executive Chef at Forest Ridge School in Bellevue, 2014 regional representative at Terra Madre, and SFUSA representative to Edible Schoolyard Academy.

Varin developed a delicious menu: braised chicken thighs with olives & preserved lemons, mashed potatoes with garlic, roasted root vegetables, salad (with pomegranate, candied walnuts and goat cheese), baguette slices with tuna with tomato lardo sauce, and pumpkin spice cream puffs.

All of us had an excellent time helping out wherever needed and tackling different parts of the menu: chef Ron took the lead with the main course, Sonya got to work on the salad, Leslie chopped up root vegetables, Heather filled the cream puffs and Emily gave them the finishing flourishes of drizzle and cacao nibs. Varin was busy with a little of everything and keeping the cooking moving forward, and everyone helped with serving and clean-up.

Fisher House had a full house that night, and it’s hard to overstate what a great feeling it is to serve a tasty meal to people who could use a break. We love cooking at Fisher House and recommend this as a great volunteer activity for anyone who likes to cook.

Thanks again to our most excellent volunteers! Slow Food Seattle really enjoys these service activities, and we’ll be sure to let our members and readers know when we schedule our next opportunity.

Some other great food-related volunteering to consider…

  • PCC’s Bulk Food Packaging Work Parties – recommended by Slow Food Seattle friend Daphne, she brings her whole family (including 5-year-old Ro!) to the work party. Your local PCC schedules monthly events to package up bulk food for a nearby food bank.
  • North Helpline – recommended by Slow Food Friend Nazila, this food bank lists open volunteer shifts on its site.