Join Slow Food Seattle and Seattle Chefs Collaborative for Urban Picnic 2009

Sunday, September 20

1:00- 4:00 p.m.

Rainier Square Rooftop
1333 5th Ave.
Seattle, WA 98101

Participating restaurants include Canlis, Lark, TASTE, Oliver’s Twist, Art of the Table, Poco Carretto, and special guest chef, Robin Leventhal of Top Chef Season 6. Beer, wine and live music too.

Notes This is an earth-friendly event–bring your own reusable plates, cutlery, napkins, etc. (glassware provided) and we’ll make sure they are filled!

A fundraiser for Quillisascut Farm School Scholarships. Tickets are $89 for Slow Food members and $99 for the general public. Members will be verified against current Slow Food USA membership list.  Members, please include your discount code for Slow Food members: Slow Chefs

Go to: www.brownpapertickets.com/event/78664 to purchase tickets through Brown Paper Tickets and find out more (or search for “Urban Picnic” from www.brownpapertickets.com).

There’s Still Time for Lunch! Attend an Eat In on Labor Day

In just three days, people in all 50 states will sit down to share a meal and bend the direction of history just a little bit. Together, we are publicly rejecting the notion that our schools can’t afford to feed kids anything but the bad food that makes them sick. And the way we’re making this statement is by bringing neighbors together in the spirit of good will and for the joy of sharing good food. That is the heart of our movement.

Attend an Eat-In on Labor Day! There are now 296 taking place in cities and towns across America. Let’s reach 300 and more!

This fall, the Child Nutrition Act, which is the bill that governs the National School Lunch Program, is up for reauthorization in Congress. By passing a Child Nutrition Act that works for children, our nation can support a future where children’s health and healthy food systems are prioritized.

It’s important that you sign this petition at:
www.slowfoodusa.org/index.php/campaign/time_for_lunch-share_it

If you missed the Orca School/Slow Food Seattle Eat In on September 3, plan to attend one of these on Labor Day!

Eat-In for North King/South Snohomish Potluck

When: 6:00 p.m.

Where: Marina Beach on Admiral Way South, Edmonds, WA

Contact: Mina Williams – foodwriter@earthlink.net

FREE!

Bring a dish and beverage to share, your reusable plate, cutlery and cup plus any comfort items – chair, blanket – you wish to enjoy the seaside park.

  • Come to the panoramic Marina Beach on Admiral Way South for the northend/south county Eat-In.
  • Enjoy the bounteous potluck with your neighbors as the sun sets on Puget Sound and the Olympics.
  • Plenty of parking at the park, which is just north of the off leash dog park and just south of the dry dock area and the boat moorage at the Port of Edmonds.
  • Bus service available through Community Transit servicing the Edmonds Ferry Terminal and Edmonds Station (Amtrak and Sounder). The closest stop is on Dayton with a few blocks to walk.

Slow Food Snoqualmie Valley Potluck

When: 3:00-5:00 p.m.

Where: The Grange Cafe in Duvall, WA

Contact: Alida Sullivan – alidasullivan@gmail.com

$15 per person (SF members $10) KIDS 12 AND UNDER FREE!

  • A delicious meal by local foodies & chefs with local produce/meat
  • Taste tests for kids ~ grilling demo ~ healthy lunch & snack ideas nutrition facts ~ updates on local farm-to-school programs
  • Slow Food Membership Drive to get benefits and discounts with a donation amount of your choice
  • Book-signing with Jill Richardson, author of Recipe for America ~  a vision of a sustainable food system

Eat In! Slow Food’s support of Child Nutrition Act

Give schools the resources to serve real food.

Support changes in this year’s Child Nutrition Act

1. Sign the petition:
http://www.slowfoodusa.org/index.php/campaign/time_for_lunch

2. Then attend one or all Eat In potluck gatherings (open to members and non-members)

Thursday, September 3

Eat In for Slow Food Seattle and Orca K-8 (BBQ and Potluck)

When: 6:00 p.m.
Where: Orca School Garden, 5215 46th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118
Bring a dish and beverage
Contact Gerry at info@slowfoodseattle.org

Join Slow Food Seattle & the parents at Orca K-8 for a potluck or “Eat-In” to raise awareness to reauthorize the Child Nutrition Act this September. Slow Food USA’s Time for Lunch Campaign has rallied close to 250 Eat-Ins across the states to send a strong message to congress. Spread the word, bring a politician or two and sign the petition at

http://www.slowfoodusa.org/index.php/campaign/time_for_lunch

This is a FREE potluck event. Bring a dish to share, your own beverage and a place setting.

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This fall, the Child Nutrition Act, which is the bill that governs the National School Lunch Program, is up for reauthorization in Congress. By passing a Child Nutrition Act that works for children, our nation can support a future where children’s health and healthy food systems are prioritized.

Monday, September 7

Eat-In for North King/South Snohomish Potluck

When: 6:00 p.m.
Where: Marina Beach on Admiral Way South, Edmonds, WA
Bring a dish and beverage
Contact Mina Williams foodwriter@earthlink.net

Bring a dish and beverage to share, your reusable plate, cutlery and cup plus any comfort items – chair, blanket – you wish to enjoy the seaside park.
Come to the panoramic Marina Beach on Admiral Way South for the northend/south county Eat-In. Enjoy the bounteous potluck with your neighbors as the sun sets on Puget Sound and the Olympics. There is plenty of parking at the park, which is just north of the off leash dog park and just south of the dry dock area and the boat moorage at the Port of Edmonds. Bus service is available through Community Transit servicing the Edmonds Ferry Terminal and Edmonds Station (Amtrak and Sounder). The closest stop is on Dayton with a few blocks to walk.

Slow Food Snoqualmie Valley Potluck

When: 3:00-5:00 p.m.
Where: The Grange Cafe in Duvall, WA

  • A delicious meal by local foodies & chefs with local produce/meat $15 per person (SF members $10) KIDS 12 AND UNDER FREE!
  • Taste tests for kids ~ grilling demo ~ healthy lunch & snack ideas nutrition facts ~ updates on local farm-to-school programs
  • Slow Food Membership Drive to get benefits and discounts with a donation amount of your choice
  • Book-signing with Jill Richardson, author of Recipe for America ~  a vision of a sustainable food system
  • Contact Alida Sullivan alidasullivan@gmail.com

“Eat In” Update

Step up and be counted!  As of July 16, there were 157 Eat-Ins in 43 states signed up for the National Day of Action on Labor Day, Sept. 7, 2009, and new organizers are joining everyday.

Slow Food members and friends are organizing a National Eat-In for Labor Day, Sept. 7, 2009.  On that day, people across America will gather with their neighbors for public potlucks that send our nation’s leaders a clear message: It’s time to provide our children with real food at school.

Visit this link to get started:

http://www.slowfoodusa.org/index.php/campaign/time_for_lunch

The Slow Food USA campaign web site will guide you through the process, and our campaign team is here to provide support. We’ll give you everything you need to get involved, starting today.

Please be sure to communicate with Slow Food Seattle leadership at info@slowfoodseattle.org and let us know if you need help promoting your event.  If nothing else, please tell us about your plans.  We want Seattle to come to the table on this one!

Last week, the chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee announced that Congress is extending its deadline for reauthorizing the Child Nutrition Act.  Leaders in the House and the Senate both say the bill is a top priority but given the current focus on energy and health care, the committees won’t begin marking up the bill until October or November.

Next week, Slow Food USA will be sending all members a guide to inviting legislators and a sample letter to send them, along with more specifics around the communications and publicity efforts leading up to and beyond the National Day of Action.

Slow Food Seattle co-sponsors KPLU Buy Local Campaign KPLU 88.5 National Public Radio

Slow Food Seattle cordially invites members to write and submit story ideas, personal anecdotes, food-related content and full articles on behalf of our local chapter. Chosen submissions will be included on the KPLU Buy Local website.

In regards to content – Slow Food Seattle would like to use this platform to educate the public using our local and national mission as a guide for all submissions (see below). Otherwise, writers have free rein.  Ideas may include:

.Local, good, clean and fair food/beverage production
.Profiles of food personalities, entrepreneurs or features on like-minded non-profit groups that demonstrate Slow and Local by example
.Local manifestations of Slow Food USA programs
.Local food values or rights work

All submissions will be subject to review – as long as it stays within the guidelines of public radio – no calls to action, or use of comparative words such as largest, best, oldest if it sounds like something heard on a commercial station –it probably doesn’t belong on a public radio station.

Slow Food Seattle is the first organization that has offered to contribute regular content for KPLU so we’re open to ideas on how we can optimize our participation to help educate and inspire our local community about good, clean and fair food for all.

Please direct questions and submit ideas directly to co-chair Lucy Norris at lucy@slowfoodseattle.org.  This is a purely volunteer assignment.  No compensation is being offered for this effort but this is a fine opportunity for members to share their voices and represent Slow Food at the same time.

Thanks in advance! We are excited to engage our members to strengthen the local food community in this way. So far we’ve submitted articles ranging from Community Supported Agriculture to Washington’s sustainable seafood.For more information: www.kplu.org/buylocal