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.

Coming Up: 5/15 Spring Slow Food and Wine Tour

If you’ve been following Slow Food Seattle for a while, you’d know we love connecting people to their local food producers by journeying with them directly to the source to experience farm life firsthand.  We’ve taken groups to Finnriver Farm and Cidery to enjoy -both tasting and harvesting the fruits of their labor -in 2013, and got up close and personal with Kurt’s Jersey herd at Kurtwood Farms last summer.

This spring, to celebrate the growing season, we’re mixing things up. Coinciding with their recent debut at both University District Farmers Market and West Seattle Farmers Market of their signature, award-winning 100% organic, island grown, sourced, and bottled wine -we’re announcing our first partner event with Bainbridge Vineyards & neighboring Laughing Crow Farm.

Join Slow FoBV winesod Seattle in mid-May for a spring farm and winery tour to agriculturally rich Bainbridge Island a short 35 minute ferry ride from Seattle. We’ll travel a few miles from the ferry landing, up Hwy 305 and off of Day Road, to descend upon 7 acres of historic farmland, home to Bainbridge Vineyards and Laughing Crow Farms. We’ll enjoy the picturesque scenery on foot with a private farm and winery tour and tasting, along with one of our legendary
Slow Food potlucks, and the option to tend to the vineyards with your very own hands.

Laughing Crow Farm Logo


Sunday May 15th
11 am – 3pm
(not including travel time)



9:35 AM            Ferry departs Seattle (Colman Dock)
10:05 AM          Ferry arrives on Bainbridge Island
10:30-10:45      Meet outside BV tasting room
11:00- Noon     Farm & Winery Tour
Noon -1:00PM  Lunch
1:00 -2:00 PM   Wine Tasting (21 + over)
2:00 -3:00 PM   Vineyards service activity

             WHERE:                            Copy of 3 BV LOGO copy_small

             Bainbridge Vineyards
             8989 NE Day Rd.
             Bainbridge Island, WA 98110




                                                                        From $10-$30/person
                                                                        (Space is limited so buy your tickets now!)

Slow Food Seattle Community Volunteering Opportunities

706e1176-b498-4694-ace3-610ff1fc2a03In 2016, we are increasing community service participation. We will have two upcoming volunteer activities through Slow Food Seattle in March and we’d love to volunteer along with you! Details and contact to sign up below.

1) Sunday, March 13, 2016, from 3PM-7PM: we will provide dinner at the Ronald McDonald House. The Ronald McDonald House in Seattle is a “home-away-from-home” for families with seriously ill children undergoing treatment at Seattle Children’s Hospital. It is located near the Laurelhurst neighborhood and not far from the U-Village shopping center.

We need up to 6 volunteers to help cook and serve dinner, starting at 3PM. SFUSA member Ron Askew has graciously offered to prepare lasagna and the rest of the Slow Food Seattle volunteers will be preparing sides and dessert. Our shift will wrap up and everything will be put away by 7 PM.

Please contact Board member Rachel at as soon as possible if you are interested in volunteering for dinner.

2) Saturday, March 19, 2016, from 1PM-4 PM: we will complete a sort and pack shift at Food Lifeline in Shoreline. We need 12 volunteers for a team shift.

If you’d like to learn more about Food Lifeline and the community organizations it serves, check out:

Please contact Board member Rachel at if you’re interested in working with us at Food Lifeline.

Both opportunities are open to members and non-members. Bring your friends!

Upcoming Events: Slow Food USA in Seattle & Tuna Canning


A couple quick event notices!

One, we are excited to announce that Executive Director of Slow Food USA, Richard McCarthy, will be in Seattle on Feb 6th for a panel discussion. This event is free to the public, but space is limited and we are already almost full! Details here.

Additionally, we just sent out the March 6th tuna canning event details to current members. This is a members-only event, so registration is not publicly available. If you are a current member and don’t see the message in your inbox, please email and we’ll check on this for you!

Slow Food Seattle Newsletter: Tuna Canning, The Herbfarm, Volunteering, Local Food Gifts

Filled jarsHappy Holidays, Slow Food Friends!

We hope your December is full of warmth, light, friends, family, food, and time enough to fully enjoy them all.

We have a lot to celebrate in this newsletter: we’ve got our date picked for tuna canning, special recognition from friends in the world of Slow Food, a look back at a great time volunteering this fall, upcoming food heritage events, and more.

Enjoy and all the best to you and yours!
Slow Food Seattle

Read the newsletter here.

New Newsletter! “Give What You Can” Membership Day, Food Literacy Day, Alice Waters & Dan Barber Town Hall

706e1176-b498-4694-ace3-610ff1fc2a03Check out our latest newsletter here. It has all the details on TODAY’S call with Alice Waters and Dan Barber, and Slow Food USA’s upcoming Give What You Can” Membership Day where you can join Slow Food for ANY amount you can give. 

Check out the newsletter here!

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