Slow Food Seattle School Garden Network Workshop February 7

school garden meetingThe Slow Food Seattle School Garden Project is hosting a School Garden Workshop with Seattle Public Schools and Seattle Tilth. The event will be at on Saturday, Feb 7, from 8:30am-noon at West Woodland Elementary, 5601 4th Avenue NW (front door is on 3rd Ave NW).

Megan Bang, Assistant Professor at University of Washington College of Education, will be joined by Dan Gallagher, Seattle School District’s Science Program Manager, to explain Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), and discuss how to use school gardens as a tool to engage students in Science and potentially other subject areas.

• There will be time for questions, share ideas, become inspired.
• Small group sessions on teaching methods, gardening skills, and funding opportunities.
• Exhibits from related organizations, including Danny Woo Community Garden, Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, Farmraiser, IslandWoodPCC Natural Markets, Pure Food Kids, and Washington Green Schools will share available resources.

The event is free but space is limited. Please RSVP with Sean McManus at smmcmanus@seattleschools.org , 206-252-0619

We look forward to seeing you!

Swig Well & Slow Food Shrub Class (Bonus Herb & Honeydew Shrub and Cocktail Recipes!)

FullSizeRender_1Happy New Year! Slow Food Seattle is back after the winter holidays, and we’re kicking off 2015 with a look back at our November shrub class with Swig Well. We’ve included a couple of delicious recipes from that class, too!

If you have been reading our site and newsletter in the past year, you know we’ve had shrubs (aka drinking vinegars) on the mind for a while. We like them because they are delicious, of course, but they have a special significance for Slow Food as they are in our Ark of Taste as a product of historical significance deserving of celebrating.

Foods and drinks are typically put in the Ark as they are “on the verge of extinction,” but we’ve been fortunate to see the shrub experience a resurgence of popularity in the cocktail community in recent years.

Therefore, it seemed like an excellent idea for us at Slow Food to partner with Anu Apte and her cocktail school Swig Well. We decided to offer a shrub class focused on how to make them and then use in mixed drinks. (Not a tippler? Still read on as they make an excellent non-alcoholic beverage option, too.) Continue reading

Three Pear & Gouda Pie Recipe from “Pie School” by Kate Lebo

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Image via Flickr user David Blaikie

We’re very excited to have this recipe to share right now, because it couldn’t be more timely.

For one reason: it’s pear season. For another: it’s arguably more acutely pie season right than at any other time of year.

This is sort of a questionable assertion to make, of course, because Team Pie would argue: when isn’t it pie season? From rhubarb to berry to peach to apple to pumpkin, there’s a pie for each season.

That is true, but fall is a time when even those of us who might be normally on Team Cake often find ourselves feeling drawn into the nostalgia orbit of the heavy pie gravity of Thanksgiving.

pieschoolAnother reason this recipe is great to share right now is because Pie School  the book the recipe came from – just came out. It’s by local author Kate Lebo, and offers (in addition to recipes like this one) helpful pie fundamentals, including a photo step-by-step illustrating the basic crust-making technique.

And with the holidays coming up, we at Slow Food think it’s a great time to consider local authors for holiday gift-giving. So this might be one to think about for the pie-lover (or Team Cake member in need of conversion) in your life.

Enjoy this sweet and savory pie for a fall potluck or holiday table. Continue reading

Gallery: Honey Tasting & Summer Picnic Potluck

Chicory and beeBrightening up this rainy day with some summer memories. We tasted 13 honeys from throughout the Western US at our August picnic potluck. Here is a gallery with our tasting notes from the light & floral blackberry to the rustic, “barnyard” buckwheat.

Click any of the images for a larger view.

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Fall Fruit Bonanza This Weekend

mushroomcollage-001This weekend, see an incredible diversity of fall fruits: on Saturday, the Seattle Fruit Tree Society has their show featuring many different varieties of tree fruits (including quince, medlars and kiwis in addition to the apples and pears). There’s also Applepalooza at the U District Farmers Market. On Sunday, it’s fungal fruits of the forest with the Puget Sound Mycological Society‘s Wild Mushroom Show. See our calendar for more details about these community events.

Slow Food Seattle Newsletter: Fall Mushrooms, Apple Chutney Recipe, Events and More!

JonagoldCheck out our latest newsletter! We’ve got the details on our upcoming mushroom event, information about Slow Food Bastyr’s Portuguese food event this Sunday, a recap of all the recipes posted during our fall blog blitz, and a new recipe for Rebecca Staffel’s apple chutney. (Want to receive this directly? Sign up here.)