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.

Fall Fermentation Class with 21 Acres on 10/22 – Get Krazy for Kraut!


We’re excited to announce a partnership with Woodinville based 21 Acres for our fall program.

With a mission to inspire action to solve climate challenges by learning as a community to grow, eat and live sustainably,  it was only a matter of time before Slow Food Seattle and  21 Acres joined forces to develop an informative program on preparing your own sustainable, and, yes, slow food.

Fermented veggies

Learn to make sauerkraut, kimchi, and other ferments

Join us on Saturday, 10/22 from 1:30 -3:30 PM for a hands-on fermentation class – Krazy for Kraut – led by culinary instructor, Rebecca Sornson and naturopathic doctor, Paul Despres.

Learn how to make sauerkraut, kimchi, and other pickled delights, sample lightly fermented fare, and prepare your own ferments to enjoy at home.

We’ve reserved 6 spots for our supporters; tickets now on sale!

Slow Food members receive discounted pricing contact for your $5 discount code.

Very limited tickets available – get yours before they sell out! Depending on availability, more tickets may be released by 21 Acres for this class, but don’t delay in reserving your spot.

Full ticketing info at:

Come early for the free, hour-long farm tour from 11 AM -noon, and make a day of it. Reservations for the twice monthly farm tours – every 2nd and 4th Saturday – are not required. Just check in at the 21 Acres Farm Lobby when you arrive.

Hope to see you at Krazy for Kraut next month. Both Slow Food Seattle and 21 Acres look forward to having you join us.

Slow Food Seattle September Volunteering Activity


Hello, Slow Food Friends!

In 2016, we’ve increased our community service participation. We have an Fall-themed volunteer activity in conjunction with City Fruit in late September for those interested in participating! Details:

Saturday, September 24, 2016, from 10AM-2PM: Volunteer at City Fruit’s Fall Festival ofFruit at Piper’s Orchard in Carkeek Park from either 10-1PM or 10-2PM. City Fruit would like about 5 Slow Food Seattle volunteers to help operate the cider press and aid in the pie contest. The Festival of Fruit is going on from 10am-2pm that day and is an annualcelebration of the fruit in the park. There will be live music, pie, and apple tastings. Everyone would receive some training on the cider press and other event details, if interested. 

City Fruit’s “mission is to promote the cultivation of urban fruit in order to nourish people, build community, and protect the climate.” To learn more, visit their site here:

Please contact Board member Rachel at as soon as possible if you are interested in volunteering for the Festival of Fruit.

Celebrate Food Literacy Month on September 10!

Image courtesy Lucia Gregory/

Image courtesy Lucia Gregory/

Join Slow Food Seattle, Salare’s chef Eduardo Jordan, Seattle Tilth, and representatives from other local food organizations for this year’s Food Literacy Month Celebration at the Central Library. More info about the event below!

Food Justice, Food Education, and Food Literacy: A Food Literacy Month Celebration

Festivities kick off at the Central Library with a panel discussion in the auditorium, introduced by special guest Chef Eduardo Jordan from Salare Restaurant—named among the Best New Chef in America by Food & Wine. The panel will be moderated by Philip Lee from Readers to Eaters, and will include a lively discussion with:

– Catholic Charities Spokane / WA State Farmers Market Association, Brian Estes

– Danny Woo Garden/FoodWays Project, Mei Yook Woo

– Farestart, Michael Friedman

– Hillman City Collaboratory, Tarik Abdullah

– King County Library System, Cecilia McGowan

– Muckleshoot Food Sovereignty Project, Valerie Segrest

The day continues in the Living Room with local food organizations leading table discussions on food justice, food education, and food literacy. Each table will feature specially prepared local food by Chef Ariel Bangs.

Finally, don’t miss the Teen Center activities as well, planned by the Central Library’s Teen Service Learning Group with refreshments donated by Chipotle.

Participating organizations include:
Roots of all Roads, Pike Place Market Foundation, Got Green, Rainier Beach Action Coalition, New Roots/International Rescue Committee, Pure Food Kids Foundation, Readers to Eaters, Seattle Tilth, Slow Food Seattle, FEEST Seattle, King County Library System, Washington Library Association, and Washington Library Media Association

Slow Food Seattle Summer Picnic, Salmon Celebration, and Annual Meeting on July 31st

663364121_72920a0c46_bFor the past two 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 and an artisanal sausage selection in 2015, and of course, amazing potlucks each year (Slow Food people continue to set a high bar for potlucks).

ark-prod-fish-marbled_chinook_salmon-02We’re returning to Ravenna Park for our 2016 summer picnic. Our special entree will be some delicious salmon. Our plan is to feature Slow Food Ark of Taste entry Marbled Chinook Salmon. (As with all seasonal and special food products, this particular selection will be dependent on availability as we get closer to the date, but no matter what, plan for a chinook salmon feast!)

Award-winning-chef-passes-on-Secrets-at-FarestartxOur grill will be manned by chef Varin Keokitvon and Slow Food Regional Governor Gerry Warren, both members of the Slow Food Seattle Board. After we feast, join us for our annual meeting and to learn more about Slow Food and Slow Fish.

Members and non-members are all welcome!

**Ticket sales will end on 7/25 so we have our final count for our salmon feast. Sign up soon!**

Sunday, July 31
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


Ticket price (to help offset cost of reserved picnic area): $10pp members, $15 non-members, children under 12 free

– Come to enjoy salmon provided by Slow Food Seattle.
– Bring utensils/cups/plate/beverage for yourself and a potluck dish to compliment the best salmon our Pacific Coast waters offer!
– 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.
– UPDATE: fisherman Jeremy Brown, who was our delegate to the Slow Fish Conference in NOLA this year, needs to be out on the water on July 31st and cannot attend. We plan have alternate speakers, talking about local Slow Food initiatives and school gardens.