May 5th Cinco De Mayo Event at Nordic Hall in Coupeville
Mary Ann Stine and Stephanie Jushinski have just returned from a cooking class in San Miguel de Allende , Mexico and will demonstrate how to make Tres Leches Cake and Cheese and Chorizo Chile Poblano Street Tacos. Put on your sombreros and get ready to party. Bring your favorite Mexican Dish to share. This event is open to members and their guests. Contact Kathy Floyd at email@example.com to make your reservation.
July 15-17 Slow Food Nations in Denver, CO
This July, Slow Food USA is bringing Slow Food Nations back to Denver, Colorado for a festival to taste and explore a world of good, clean and fair food for all! Slow Food Nations connects farmers and families, leaders and eaters to share our stories and shape the future of food. The festival is free and open to the public, with select ticketed workshops, talks and tastings. Check out Slow Food USA.org for more information.
Slow Food USA now has a new chapter called Slow Fish. They are having an important conference at San Francisco’s SOMArts will host the two-day Conference (April 15 & 16), 934 Brannan Street, San Francisco, CA 94103.
Slow Fish is passionate about seafood, the Earth’s waters, the work of fishermen, and consumer habits around fish consumption. We think San Francisco is a pretty special place, and defined in large part by the Pacific Ocean and the Bay. And we know that we can all be doing more to ensure that the waters around us stay healthy.
Saturday, April 14: Kickoff day! In San Francisco for Conference goes and community! Walk the Wharf, Seafood Throwdown, and The Oyster Luge (oysters from Baja to B.C.) Happy Hour Reception.. Sunday, April 15: Slow Fish Conference start, Day 1. Monday, April 16: Slow Fish Conference Day 2 and Film Screening and Open forum Happy Hour
Slow Food Northwest will be holding a Regional Meeting in April which is open to all members and to non-members who are interested in learning more about Slow Food. It will be held at Carnation Farm, home of contented cows, in Carnation, WA. There will be meetings, discussions, presentations, meals and Slow Food Whidbey Island will be presenting the movie "Cultivating Kids" on Sunday. To learn more or to purchase tickets, go to the website at www.slowconference2018.org
Slow Food Whidbey Island will be participating in an Employee Local Food Fair sponsored by the Island County Government Employee Wellness Committee. Island County employees can visit during their lunch period for information, sign-ups and samples from local farmers and food businesses who support and supply healthy island grown produce.
Please Join Slow Food Whidbey Island and the Cove Cafe for a “Thai Night to Remember”. The event will take place Thursday, March 22, 2018 at 5:30 at the Cove Café on the wharf in Coupeville. Michele Lynn and Jerry Raitzer have gratiously opened their restaurant for Slow Food Whidbey Island’s next cooking event. Here’s your chance to come and experience the excellent cuisine at this café. June Blouin, the Cove Cafe's lead chef, will demonstrate and serve Pad Thai for this evening’s main dish. Please bring a Thai dish for the potluck that will follow the demonstration.
June, originally from Thailand, started cooking from the time she could walk, learning the ins and outs of Thai cooking and cuisine alongside her mother and grandmother. She moved to the United States and completed a business program at UW. Upon completion of the program June started and operated a Thai restaurant north of Seattle. After moving her family to Whidbey Island and making Coupeville her home, June opened the Coupeville Coffee Bistro. While at the Bistro, she twice took first place at Musselfest for her Thai-inspired chowder.
The cost of the event is $15 for members and $20 for non-members. A no-host bar will be available. Attendance is limited so be sure to sign-up early. Email Kathy Floyd at firstname.lastname@example.org for reservations.
Bring seeds, plants, cuttings and garden know-how to swap and share in our first community Seed Swap. In partnership with local WSU Extension Master Gardeners, South Whidbey Tilth and Slow Food Whidbey Island, Seed Swaps are events where gardeners meet to exchange seeds and are great ways to learn about local seeds and build community around seed sharing. Designed for gardening newbies and master gardeners alike, this Swap will provide people an opportunity to get seeds from other local growers and share seeds from their own local harvest. Be a part of the Whidbey Island seed saving movement and learn to pass onto future generations.
- Wilbur Purdue, local 5th generation farmer, Prairie Bottom Farm, speaking about his family's heritage Rockwell bean, a south-end variety Kinskey Bean and a variety of Lima that has grown well for them and the importance of seed saving
- Nathaniel Talbot, Deep Harvest Farm, speaking on local food systems and simple crops to begin seed saving (Ie: seed saving 101) w/ Q & A
Deeply Rooted: The swap will conclude with the 50-min award winning documentary movie
“For nearly four decades, John Coykendall’s passion has been preserving the farm heritage - the seeds and stories - of a small, farming culture in Southeastern Louisiana."
Sunday, February 4, Bayview Hall, 1 to 5 p.m.
It’s getting to be that time of the year when the light is increasing(allegedly) and we who enjoy getting our hands in the dirt begin to longingly envision our future garden in full summer bloom. If you are like me, your palms are itching for those seeds with whom you will embark on this next seasonal journey. To that end, we are hosting a winter Community Seed Swap so that we can meet our neighbors, share seeds and stories with them and enhance food sovereignty here on Whidbey Island. So if you’d like to expand the biodiversity of your farm or garden by collecting locally grown seeds from fellow seed savers or just unload a bunch of old saved or bought seed and learn a little bit about the adventures and pitfalls of other intrepid growers, please come and join us!
In these uncertain times(ecologically, politically, and otherwise)building resilient, autonomous food sheds could not be more important. Sharing bioregionally adapted varieties and firsthand knowledge of why and how to grow these food crops enlivens our connection to one another, to our landbases and seed ancestries and ensures that we will have a viable and delicious future.
The event will take place on Sunday Feb 4th from 1-5 pm at Bayview Hall. We’ll have tables set up for folks to spread out and share their bounty and also some baskets available for dumping purchased commercial seeds(no GMOs please!).
- In addition to seeds, please feel free to bring tubers, cuttings, scions, bare root and potted perennials to share.
- We will have some local live music playing and are working on having at least a couple of experienced seed savers available to answer questions and share their seedy wisdom.
- Some snacks will be on hands as well.
- The event is free though we’ll have a donation box up front to cover the musicians and the cost of the venue.
Please send this on to any friends or family who might want to join in and share on Facebook. No amount of participation is too little…we want to see all of your beautiful faces there! And if anyone has the time or inclination to volunteer, we could use some help with setting up and breaking down that day.And don't forget boxes, tupperware or other containers to display your seeds in and envelopes or bags to carry home all your new treasures!
Slow Food Whidbey Island will have a table at the event and will look forward to seeing you there!
Jan. 27th 1:00 to 3:30 pm Pie Making class with Heidi Hammer of Wild Crow Pies
Slow Food Whidbey Island's first cooking event for 2018 will be a Pie Making class at the Wild Crow Pie Company at the old Langley Middle school kitchen. Each person will get to make a pie, get lots of tips on how to create the best pies, and take the pie home with them. The class will be on Saturday, January 27th from 1:00 to 3:30 and will cost $30 for members and $35 for non-members. Please contact Kathy Floyd at email@example.com if you would like to attend.