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May 23, 2015: Meat and Greet Potluck Lunch

Join us for a Meat and Greet potluck and community feedback gathering for the Slow Meat Conference.

When: Saturday May 23 11 am to 2 pm —  arrive by 1:30 to sample the meat and other potluck items
Where: Music on the Mounds (Concert Venue) near Little Rock
What: Local chefs are showcasing their Slow Meat offering and talking about ” Better Meat, Less Meat” in preparation for the June 4-6 Slow Meat gathering in Denver Colorado. Share your thoughts on how to change meat production, processing and preparation with our delegates (Deston Denniston and Joel Hansen*)! Eat incredible pork raised by Deston and prepared by Slow Food members!
Bring: A beverage, dessert, bread, or a vegetable side dish to share. Also bring utensils, plate/bowl, and cup; folding chair, if you have one; a friend/family who raises meat or eats meat; thoughts, stories, concerns, and opinions.
Cost and Registration: Members – $10; Non-members – $15; Family – $25 to cover the facility costs. Registration is required.  Register at

*Deston Denniston was selected because of his work with the Olympia Vets Cafe Program, a regenerative agriculture incubator for veterans. Joel Hansen was selected because of his involvement in the Olympia Meat Collective which aims to help us all better understand meat from a butcher’s perspective. They will join farmers, butchers, cooks, food policy experts from across the country to address that question of how to herd meat production toward the good, clean and fair goals of Slow Food.

Stick around (camp if you’d like) after the potluck for Music On The Mound’s evening program: bluegrass bands Darci Carlson Music, The Pine Hearts, and Deception Past

May 9, 2015: Make a Donation and Save the Date for Day of the Bed

When: May 9, 2015

What: Day of the Bed.  Garden Raised Urban Bounty (GRuB) has asked Slow Food Greater Olympia to do two garden builds this year.  We need more volunteers to spend a couple hours with the families receiving the gardens. Let Lorrain Cornell know if you can help that day. Look for the upcoming announcements about making personal contributions to fund the gardens.  Lorraine can be reached at

To make a personal contribution:  Send your check, made out to GRuB, to Lorrain Cornell at 4808 Sunrise Beach Rd. NW, Olympia, WA 98502.

March 19; April 2, 16, 30, 2015: Gardening in the Ark of Taste Garden

What:  Start of the garden season at Fertile Ground Ark of Taste Garden.  Help plant a spring ground cover and Ozette Potatoes.

When: March 19 at 10:30 to noon.

Where: the Commons at Fertile Ground, corner of 9th and Adams, downtown Olympia.

Bring: garden hoe and gloves.

No charge.  Just come and have fun helping in the garden.

Also come help in the garden on April 2, 16, and 30 and the same time.

April 18, 2015: Potting Party

Our favorite kind of Party!

What: Potting Party–Pot up Ark of Taste Trial Garden and other plants to share.  Non gardeners are welcome.  We need lots of willing hands to fill pots with potting soil, water transplants, etc.  You will learn lots and bring home a few transplants for your own garden. If you have extras, bring pots, potting soil, starts ready to transplant, gloves.

Let us know if you are coming.  Please complete the doodle poll at

When: April 18 from 2 to 4 pm.

Where: 1307 Gemini St SE, Lacey, WA  98503-2414

January 29, 2015: Tour and Volunteer at Thurston County Food Bank

When: January 29, 2015 – 5:30 to 7 pm

Where: 220 Thurston Ave NE Olympia, WA

What: Rachel Floyd, part-time employee at the Thurston County Food Bank and GO Slow Food Board member, will lead the tour aimed at sharing information about the partnerships and projects the Food Bank has and the extent of its community impact. Participants will complete a short volunteer project.

Registration: There is no cost, but consider bringing non perishable, individually packaged healthy food (like one you would pack in a child’s lunch) to support the FORKids Weekend backpack program at the food bank. RSVP is not necessary, but if you want to, or want more information, contact Rachel at as late as the day of the event.  Rachel can also provide directions.

January 11, 2015: Potluck Brunch and Annual Meeting

Our annual meeting and potluck brunch will be held at Joel Hansen’s home. Please come to share delicious local foods, hear reports from our Terra Madre delegates, review 2014 events and plans for 2015, and elect next year’s board.

When: January 11, 2015 from 11:00 am to 1:30 pm
Where: The home of Joel Hansen — 625 73rd Ave SE, Olympia  98501 (Note address correction Oct. 30)


December 10, 2014: Cocktail Tasting Party

When: Wednesday, December 10, at 6:30 pm
Where: The home of Slow Food member Rachel Floyd: 2021 Bush Ave NW; Olympia, WA 98508
What: To celebrate Terra Madre Day (happening worldwide), as well as products made in our region, we will be tasting several cocktails made with local ingredients.
Cost: $12 for members, $15 for non-members

Sign up using PayPal below, or contact Rachel Floyd at or (559)250-4638 by December 8.

Please bring an appetizer or dessert to share.  Space is limited so sign up early.

Price per person

November 23, 2014: De-mystifying Holiday Meals

What: “De-mystifying Holiday Meals: A Holiday Dinner Workshop & Demonstration” (Family Style Meal to follow)
When: Sunday, November 23rd from 4-7pm
Where: GRuB Farmhouse Kitchen, 2016 Eliot Ave NW, Olympia, WA

Curious about learning a few new tricks in the kitchen? Join The Kitchen Garden Project (KGP) and Olympia Slow Food at Garden-Raised Bounty (GRuB) for a workshop on Demystifying Holiday Meal Preparation. Chef Kevin Gerlich, a 2013 KGP Garden Recipient, will lead us in preparing a meat dish, gravy, a vegetable roast, and bread pudding. We will learn alongside one another in the kitchen and afterward we will enjoy the fruits of our learning during dinner around the table together.

Ever find yourself cooking a meal and some dishes become cold while you’re wrapping up cooking a different dish? Are you interested in de-mystifying a few traditional holiday dishes to share with loved ones? Are you looking to learn some kitchen basics or learn a few new kitchen tricks? Well, this workshop is for you!

How to Participate: Register for this cooking workshop and family style meal by e-mailing Ali at

* While at the workshop you will have an opportunity to learn about GRuB’s Kitchen Garden Project from the Backyard Gardens Coordinator as well as several KGP garden recipients.

Cost: Free for Kitchen Garden Project recipients including family members; $10 for individual Slow Food members; and $15 for individual community members; and, $30 for families. Seniors, students and people with limited incomes may contact Ali directly for sliding scale options. You can pay using PayPal below, or talk to Ali regarding payment.  Payment is due in advance.  Checks are to be made out to GO Slow Food.

All are welcome! This is a family-friendly event. Childcare will be provided.


November 2, 2014: Eastside Urban Farm and Garden Center’s Harvest Dinner

Mark your calendar and get your tickets for the Eastside Urban Farm and Garden Center’s harvest dinner on Sunday, November 2nd at 5pm, sponsored by Slow Food of Greater Olympia and many other local organizations! The event is a celebration of the abundance of local food and provides support to help keep this new enterprise serving the urban area during the slow winter months.   Tickets are $50.

Location: 2326 4th Ave East, Olympia

The dinner will be preceded by an Olympia Meat Collective poultry processing workshop with Slow Food member Joel Hansen the day before – Saturday, November 1st at 1pm in the field behind the garden center. Urban/small farmers are welcome to bring their birds for advice and support with slaughtering.


Thomas Humbock from Swing
Laurie Nguyen of Dockside Bistro
Lisa David of Nineveh

Desserts by:

Jordan and Melanie of Bearded Lady Food Co.

 Tickets at Brown Paper

More info:

Stay connected:

Through September 21, 2014: Olympia Farmers Market Food Education/Demo

When:   Every other Sunday, starting June 15, from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm and continuing through September 21.
Where:  Olympia Farmers Market
What:  Starting Sunday June 15 and continuing every other Sunday, a team of Slow Food members and friends will share their passion for the great produce at the Olympia Farmers Market.

We Need You!  You can help answer Produce Questions at the Olympia Farmers Market – Sundays to Sept 21, 11 to 2 pm.     Slow Food Leaders Treacy Kreger or Christine Ciancetta will take the lead by selecting the produce to feature and preparing items to taste.  Your volunteer role is to answer questions about that fresh local produce, share recipes from the Slow Food veggie recipe box, and keep the tasting cups filled.   A food handler permit is not required of volunteers.

Sign up for the Sunday of your choice at

All Summer: Ark of Taste Garden Work

Wednesdays mid-morning:  Weed, water, and taste at the garden at The Commons at Fertile Ground – Downtown Olympia just south of the Library.   In our small garden we grow and provide information on plants that taste great but may disappear in the next few decades if not more widely known and, most importantly, eaten.  The Ark of Taste is a listing of such food products.  We gather from 10:30 to 11:30 am each Wednesday (except the last Wed of July) to tend the garden, talk with visitors and share tastes of produce.   Just come to the garden on Wednesday mornings with gloves, plastic bags for any produce, sun protection, and your water bottle.

August 30, 2014: Tomato & Garlic Day

When:   Saturday, August 30;  3:00-5:00 pm
Where:  Eastside Urban Farm and Garden, 2326 East 4th Ave, Olympia, WA
What:    Tomato & Garlic Day

 Slow Food Greater Olympia will feature heritage tomatoes at the <> Eastside Urban Farm and Garden Tomato And Garlic Day, Saturday, August 30th.   We’ll have a number of heritage tomatoes to taste between 3 and 5 pm.  At 4 pm, Slow Food member, JoAnn Mahaffey, will explain the Ark of Taste, a listing promoting heritage foods so we keep them in production and on our plates.  <>

The store is featuring tomato tasting from noon to 6 pm with the Slow Food tasting of green grape, green zebra, Japanese Black Trifele and many others. We are considering whether to nominate the first three for listing on the Ark of Taste.  One of the criteria is the taste – so come share your thoughts on the taste. The store will have culinary garlic for sale at the store as September is the garlic planting month.

August 16, 2014: Annual Colvin Ranch Dinner

When: Saturday, August 16.  Starts at 4:30 pm
What: Third annual farm to table dinner at Colvin Ranch featuring Chef Will Taylor
Where:  Colvin Ranch
Cost: $75 for Slow Food Members and $85 for non-members
Join us for the third annual Slow Food Greater Olympia Farm to Table Dinner, Saturday, August 16  at 4:30 on the beautiful Colvin Ranch in the Rock Valley just south of Tenino. Learn about sustainably raised grass fed beef on the historic Colvin Ranch and enjoy a relaxing meal with local wines and veggies prepared by Chefs Treacy Kreger (Slow Food Board Member) and Will Taylor (Acqua Via). This is a fundraiser to support Slow Food Greater Olympia.

Slow Food, is a non-profit organization founded in Italy in 1989 to counteract fast food and fast life and people’s dwindling interest in where our food come from. Slow Food brings together the pleasure in shared meals with awareness of our responsibility as we make individual food choices. Today, Slow Food has more than 100,000 members in 150 countries.

At the August 16 Slow Food farm to table event, ranch owners Fred and Katherine Colvin will share the story of one of the oldest ranches in Thurston County. Dinner guests will meet close up with the gently raised cattle. Fred Colvin will share information on the Managed Grazing System he uses in raising his beef.  Slow Food member Chef Treacy Kreger and guest Chef Will Taylor of Acqua Via restaurant of Olympia will prepare the meal featuring Colvin grass fed beef and local produce.

To register for the dinner sign up using PayPal below, or contact Emily Dunn-Wilder

Price Per Person

July 12 2014: Nisqually Valley Dinner–Local; Organic; Delicious

Join us for this micro-local seasonal dinner in the lush Nisqually Valley.  Tour the farm, enjoy a summer evening and feast on the freshest organic ingredients – all sourced locally and prepared on the Pigman’s Organic Produce Patch Farm.

Jan and Dean Pigman began their first season of farming 25 years ago.  Since then they have become a community staple, selling their produce at the Olympia Farmers Market, the Olympia Coops, through a CSA program, and directly off the farm.  Pigman’s Produce Patch is Washington’s only certified Organic U-Pick strawberry farm.

Our menu draws from a rustic Italian tradition in its focus on individual flavors and textures. Courses highlight the beauty of each ingredient, prepared simply and elegantly.

Trio of Herb Pestos with Crostini
Local Shellfish: Oyster-stuffed mushrooms
Oysters on the half-shell
Steamers with herb-butter

First Course
Salad of fresh-picked farm greens and flowers with a sweet fresh berry, yogurt dressing

Second Course
Handmade Ravioli stuffed with fresh goat milk ricotta and squash flowers, served on a bed of summer squash ribbons and creamy zucchini sauce.

Third Course
Duck Confit
Polenta/Vegetable Terrine; layers of polenta and roasted vegetables

Fourth Course
Little Emu Meatballs on Wilted Greens with a Sweet Cherry Tomato Sauce – rich without being gamey, emu meatballs are a riff on this classic Italian dish from Bari.

Chocolate Berry Tart is a decadent ending with a pecan shortbread crust, followed by a layer of rich chocolate ganache and topped with the season’s best berries.

Local oysters are from Slow Food Terra Madre delegate John Adams’ South Sound Clams. Main courses will emphasize a return to heritage meats with duck from Falco’s Heritage Farm and emu from Backachers Emu Ranch. The Slow Fish and Slow Meat movement in Olympia never tasted better!

When: Saturday, July 12, 2014 (date has been changed)  Starts at 5 pm.
What:  Nisqually Valley seasonal dinner
Where:  At Pigman’s Organic Produce Patch Farm in the Nisqually Valley
Cost: $75 for Slow Food Members, $85 for non-members

Sign up using PayPal (below) or contact Emily Dunn-Wilder

Price per person

May 31, 2014: Rabbit Dinner, Second Round

When: May 31, 2014 from 6 to 9 pm
What: The November 2013 rabbit tasting dinner filled up quickly.  Those who could not participate expressed a desire for another event.  Here it is!  A rabbit tasting potluck.  Rabbit is a healthy local protein source that grows using considerably less “inputs” than required for other meats.

Where: At a home in NE Olympia, about 15 minutes from downtown Olympia.
Cost: $10 for members; $15 for non members.
Sign up: Use PayPal below, or contact Celeste at

Bring: A side dish, dessert, wine.  (Rabbit dishes are being prepared by several Slow Food board members)

Check out more information about rabbit cuisine:  <>

Price per person

May 21, 2014: Slow Meat Discussion with Joel Hansen

When:  Wednesday, May 21 6 to 7 pm

WhereEastside Urban Farm and Garden Center ( room at 2326 East 4th Ave in Olympia, WA.   The store closes at 6pm, so if you have not had a chance to stop in yet, come early to check out the offerings at this new garden store.

What:  Share your thoughts on how to change meat production, processing and preparation with our delegate to Slow Food’s Slow Meat conference.

This coming June, 100 people – farmers, butchers, cooks, food policy experts – are meeting in Denver to address that question of how to herd meat production toward the good, clean and fair goals of Slow Food.   One of the voices at that table will be our local Slow Food members, Joel Hansen.   Joel was selected because of his involvement in the Olympia Meat Collective ( which aims to help us all better understand meat from a butcher’s perspective.

Joel wants to hear from you before he travels to Colorado.  Please stop in between 6 and 7 pm to share your ideas with Joel so he can raise questions and make suggestion of interest to you at that this first ever Slow Meat gathering.

You can also share your thoughts with Joel via email –


May 17, 2014: Day of the Bed Garden Project

It’s time for GRuB’s Day of the Bed event! This is the 6th year that Greater Olympia’s Slow Food chapter has participated in the Day of the Bed. Our goal is to raise a minimum of $1,000.

The Day of the Bed is the culmination of GRuB’s Kitchen Garden Project annual spring build season. It’s a chance to make garden-building a public
event by recognizing and celebrating the elements that go into creating a sustainable and secure community food system.

We are collecting contributions until May 17th. Slow Food Greater Olympia will match every dollar contributed by individual members and
supporters up to $500. So your tax-deductible contribution goes twice as far in support of building kitchen gardens in our community.

How to participate: Donate now!  or, Join the Slow Food team on Saturday, May 17 from 9 am to 2 pm.

Please send your check – made payable to “GRuB” to:

Emily Dunn-Wilder
4223 Indian Pipe Loop NW
Box 60031
Olympia, WA 98505

Or call Emily at (206) 491-3680 to arrange pick-up.

Want to join GO Slow Food’s team to help with the garden build?  Call or email Emily at or (206) 491-3680.

Commitment: 9am-2pm. Arrive at GRuB at 9am in work clothes with a potluck dish for the celebration following the event. Work at the build site from 10am-12pm. At 12:30pm, meet back at GRuB for a potluck lunch celebration!

GRuB’s Kitchen Garden Project partners with organizations and people with low incomes to create backyard and neighborhood food solutions. They connect people with the sustainable food movement by providing access to the knowledge and resources needed to grow fresh, healthy, and culturally-appropriate foods. With your help, they can reach their goal of building 60 beds in 2014!

What your donation will mean:
$500 will build an entire garden
$100 builds a garden bed
$75 supplies the lumber for a single garden
$50 purchases the soil for a garden
$35 supplies a garden’s seeds and starts
$30 is 1/4 tank of gas for the GRuB truck
$15 will buy the trellis, twine, and nails

April 19, 2014: Potting Party

Pot up Ark of Taste Trial Garden and other plants to share.

When:  April 19 2-4 pm  –
Where: 1307 Gemini St SE, Lacey, WA, 98503-2414.

Non-gardeners  are welcome.  We need lots of willing hands to fill pots with potting soil, water transplants, etc.  You will learn a lot and bring home a few transplants for your own garden!

Let us know if you are coming. Please complete the doodle poll at:

March 22, 2014: Ooh La La! Supper and Discussion

This event is full. However, if you would like to express interest in attending a similar event later in the year, please contact Tara at

What: Supper, photos, and discussion: Food in a Southwestern French Village. See more below.
When:   Saturday, March 22 at 7:00 pm
Where:  At a Slow Food member’s home in Tumwater
Cost:  Suggested donation for the dinner is $10 for Slow Food members and $15 for non-members.
Register: Contact Tara  to pay by check.  Checks made out to Slow Food Greater Olympia and must be received before the event.

Your hosts will supply a delicious main French dish and lovely Languedoc wines.  All you need to do is bring a French dish to share, your curiosity about French village life, and a good appetite.

Space is limited for this event, but if it proves to be very popular we will offer another Oh La La event later in the year.

March 10, 2014: Tour of Taylor Shellfish

What: Join Slow Food Greater Olympia for an informative and exciting tour of Taylor Shellfish Mussel Farm in Totten Inlet. Following a light lunch of mussels on the beach, we will drive to Taylor Shellfish Processing Plant for a tour of that facility. The tour will be led by Slow Food member and Taylor Shellfish Sustainability Manager Marco Pinchot.

When: Monday, March 10.  Meet at 9:30 am in Olympia to carpool. Tour starts at 10:00 am

 Totten Inlet, Mason County

The tour is free for Slow Food members. Carpools from Olympia will be arranged  as it gets closer to the event.

Contact Emily Dunn-Wilder to sign-up:


February 19, 2014: Book Discussion

Learn more about the nutritional history of fruits and vegetables; preparation strategies to get the most out of the nutrients in our foods; which varieties to look for in the grocery and at the farmers market; and planning a garden.

What:  Discussion of the book, Eating on the Wild Side, The Missing Link to Optimum Health, by Jo Robinson. Participants will each focus on a chapter of their choice (See below). All participants are asked to read the introduction – Wild Nutrients: Lost and Found.

When:    Wednesday, February 19, 2014  7:00 to 8:30 pm
Where:   At the home of Treacy Kreger in NE Olympia near Woodard Bay – 6106 Lemon Rd NE, Olympia, 98506.

 Complete the doodle poll indicating your choice of book chapter to review.
Cost: We request a donation of $5 for members and $10 for non-members, payable at the event.

Participants are asked to select 1 Chapter (between 1 and 17) of most interest, then share what they learn from that chapter.

1:  Tender greens/lettuce
2:  Alliums (garlic, onion, leeks)
3:  Sweet Corn
4:  Potatoes
5:  Other Root Crops: carrots, beets & sweet potatoes
6:  Tomatoes
7:  Crucifers:  broccoli, cabbage, kale, Brussels sprouts & cauliflower
8:  Beans, peas & lentils
9:  Artichokes, asparagus & avocados:
10: Apples
11: Blueberries & blackberries
12: Strawberries, cranberries & raspberries
13: Stone fruits
14: Grapes & raisins
15: Citrus fruits
16: Tropical fruits
17: Melons

Books are available at the Timberland library (eBook and hardback, though many holds for the book already), at Orca Books ($27) and as an eBook. The book includes recipes and reference information.

January 12, 2014: Slow Food Brunch and Annual Meeting

Please Save the Date for the Members only Slow Food Brunch and Annual Meeting

When: Sunday January 12, 2014 – 10:30 to 1:30

Where:  Home of Paula and Bill Liechty at 6630 Old Olympic Hwy SW; Olympia, WA  98512

What:   This is our once a year, best brunch in the county.  Bring your favorite brunch dish to share. This event is for members only.  We’d love to have you join and come to the meeting!

The Slow Food Board welcomes you to join them as a board member for 2014.  Our Board holds evening meetings once a quarter on the 3rd Wednesday of January, April, July and October. Before the Annual Meeting, please contact any board member for more information or to express your interest in serving on the Board.

Contact information for Board members can be found on our website under Contact Us.  Board members are:   Kay Baxstrom, Ginny Codd, Bob Conner, Liz Douglas, Treacy Kreger, Paula Liechty, Greg Nordlund, Emily Ray, Martha Rosemeyer, Loretta Seppanen, Nancy Stevenson, Celeste Wade, and Tara Wolff.

You can reach our leader, Loretta, at or call at 786-9775.


January 3, 2014: Planning the 2014 Ark of Taste Gardens

We grow local foods that might fit on Slow Food’s Ark of Taste
<> .  These are delicious
and distinctive foods that may not be around in another generation or two
unless we champion these foods and keep them in production and on our
plates.  In 2014 Slow Food Greater Olympia plans to grow our several
possible Ark of Taste foods in local gardens and then organize tastings to
see if they quality as delicious and distinctive.

If you have garden space for plant trials or you like to taste test foods,
join other Slow Food members Friday January 3rd at noon to 1:30 pm.  We will
be planning the 2014 Ark of Taste
<>  Trial Gardens and
Taste Tests.  We will meet at a member home near Olympia High School.

Here are some potential 2014 Ark of Taste Trial Garden picks

*        Green Grape Tomato (Lycopersicon lycopersicum) – some evidence that
it was breed from the Yellow Pear which was first grown and sold at Fort
Vancouver, WA.   Better flavor and texture than the yellow pear.

*        Podded radish (Raphanus caudatus) which grows a seed pod rather
than an enlarged root.  We saved seeds from a prolific set of plants last
year.  Pods available July to October.

*        Wild Sylvetta Arugula (Rucola selvatica) – best production in early
spring through June.  Likes our cool climate and somewhat acidic soil.

*        Early Winter Cress (Barbarea verna) – perennial in our area
providing watercress flavored greens in late fall to early spring.

*        Hooker’s Onion (Allium acuminatum)  – native to the northwest on
dry hills and rocky plains with an edible bulb and lovely flower.

Please RSVP to get the meeting address by contacting Loretta Seppanen at 360
786-9775 or emailing at

December 10, 2013: Slow Food Slow Fish Discussion

Participate in a discussion about fish and shellfish.

When: December 10, 2013  noon – 1  
What: Slow Food Slow Fish Discussion, details below 
Where: Olympia Timberland Library Meeting Room

Can the sea and our inland waters satisfy the growing demand for some popular species of fish and shellfish?  Should we eat less of some fish and shellfish?  Which fish and shellfish are most abundantly available in our area and how should we prepare them for our table?

Shellfish growers, chefs, and fishmongers will share their thoughts as a way to begin our discussion of Good, Clean, and Fair Fish – Slow Fish.  Join in the discussion at the meeting room at the Olympia Timberland Library at noon Tuesday Dec 10.  Check out background information at

No registration required, no cost.

December 7, 2013: Slow Fish Cooking Class with Christine Ciancetta

When:  Saturday, December 7, 2013, 1 – 4 PM
Where:  A private home in Olympia
What:  Learn to cook seafood that is locally sourced and sustainably fished into delicious dishes especially suited for the holidays.


Raw Olympia and Pacific Oysters
Spaghetti with Salmon Crudo – a light pasta with ceviche-style King salmon marinated in fennel, dill, garlic, wine, lemon & herbs
Crespelle Alexander – Italian spinach crepes filled with smoked King salmon in linguini & cream sauce
Zuppa di Pesce – a family favorite using clams, mussels and meaty whitefish in a light, spicy tomato broth with garlic and herbs.
Wine pairings.

Cost:  $40 for members, $45 for non members

How to sign up: Email Liz Douglas  or call her (360 878-8097) by Monday, December 2

Pay before the event:  Use PayPal below or send your check payable to Greater Olympia Slow Food to:

Liz Douglas
2725 Hibiscus Court SE
Olympia WA 98513


November 21, 2013: Wine Tasting of Washington Wines

Want to learn about Washington Wines?  Join us for a wine tasting!

When:   Thursday, November 21, 2013 at 6:30 pm
Where:  South Capital Neighborhood–222 19th Ave SW, Olympia
What:    Taste and learn about some of Washington’s finest regional wines, as presented by Patrick Hub of Olympia Wine Merchant.  Featured wineries will include Syncline, Whidbey Island Winery, Milbrandt, Forgeron, and several others, with emphasis on wines that pair well with Thanksgiving and other holiday fare.

Plan to bring an appetizer or dish to share while we sample and learn about Washington wines.

Cost: $25 for Slow Food members, $35 for nonmembers.  Nonmembers will be able to join at the event and pay the reduced rate.  (Please note that Washington wines generally cost more than European wines for the same level of quality.  Because we want to provide this opportunity to taste locally produced wines, we are waiving the surcharge above cost that we normally charge for members to attend an event.)

Sign Up:  Register by using PayPal below, or contact Kay Baxstrom and send a check before the event.  Mailing address will be provided once you register.

Mark your calendar.  It will be an enjoyable and educational evening that you won’t want to miss!


November 16, 2013: Taste of Rabbit Potluck and Discussion

This event has the maximum number of participants. 

Is rabbit a part of your family meal?   Is it part of your food tradition?   Rabbit is a healthy protein source that can be grown sustainably with considerably less “inputs” than required to produce the same amount of protein from other meal sources.   Many of us have never tasted rabbit.   This is your chance to explore this food that is a common part of meals in Europe (Germany, Italy and France), Southeast Asia, and the Caribbean.When:  Saturday Nov 16, 6 to 9 pm
Where:  Home of a Slow Food member living in SE Olympia (address will be sent after you register and pay for the event.)
What:  Rabbit tasting potluck.  When you register, let us know if you plan to prepare a rabbit dish, a side dish, a dessert or bring a wine to go with rabbit.  There are already three people who will prepare rabbit, so depending on how many sign up, we may not need more people to prepare a rabbit dish.

How to Participate:   Fee is $10 for members, $15 for non-members (check made out to Slow Food Greater Olympia.)  Registration is free for those who prepare a rabbit dish, but you must check with Emily directly to see if more rabbit dishes are needed.  Space is limited, so register soon.

August 24, 2013: Second Annual Farm to Table Dinner at Colvin Ranch

Join us for the second annual Slow Food Greater Olympia Farm to Table Dinner, Saturday, August 24  at 4:30 on the beautiful Colvin Ranch in the Rock Valley just south of Tenino. Learn about sustainably raised grass fed beef on the historic Colvin Ranch and enjoy a relaxing meal with local wines and veggies from the Slow Food Ark of Taste Gardens prepared by Chefs Treacy Kreger (Slow Food Board Member) and Will Taylor (Acqua Via). This is a fundraiser to support Slow Food Greater Olympia.

Slow Food, is a non-profit organization founded in Italy in 1989 to counteract fast food and fast life and people’s dwindling interest in where our food come from. Slow Food brings together the pleasure in shared meals with awareness of our responsibility as we make individual food choices. Today, Slow Food has more than 100,000 members in 150 countries.

At the August 24 Slow Food farm to table event, ranch owners Fred and Katherine Colvin will share the story of one of the oldest ranches in Thurston County. Dinner guests will meet close up with the gently raised cattle. Fred Colvin will share information on the Managed Grazing System he uses in raising his beef.  Slow Food member Chef Treacy Kreger and guest Chef Will Taylor of Acqua Via restaurant of Olympia will prepare the meal featuring Colvin grass fed beef and local produce. To register for the dinner sign up using PayPal below, or contact Liz Douglas (360) 878-8097  Suggested donation for the dinner is $60 for Slow Food members and $75 for non-members.


2012 Farm to Table Dinner 

August 3, 2013: Table for Olympia, Potluck Celebration

Join us at the Slow Food Table for a potluck celebration in downtown Olympia!

When:  Saturday August 3, 2013, 4:00-8:00 pm
Where:  Fifth Avenue in front of the Capitol Theater, Olympia, WA
What:   The street will be closed to traffic and filled with long tables. Look for the Slow Food signs and join our table.  Share your potluck item with fellow Slow Food members and friends. This will be a great way to enjoy a lovely evening in downtown to celebrate the harvest and share with other groups working to sustain and improve the local food system. Bring a dish to share, plus plates, silver, napkin, drink (non-alcoholic).

Presented by the Thurston Food Systems Council. (Slow Food Greater Olympia is represented on the council.)

August 1, 2013: Sign up now to do Market Demonstrations

Spend two hours one Sunday this summer sharing your passion for seasonal local foods from the Farmer Market.   Slow Food members and friends are providing food demonstrations, talks and tastings at the Olympia Farmers Market between 11 and 3 most Sundays this summer starting Memorial Day weekend through September 29. Check you calendar, then sign up for a time slot that fits your schedule at

The idea is to share simple recipes that feature fresh market produce. The foods you prepare can be hot or cold (raw). The recipes need to be prepared onsite at the booth or in the Lu kitchen so that you can provide small
portions to the public for tasting.  Your time slot is the place to share information on what you are cooking and why, and the benefits of cooking with fresh local products.

Treacy Kreger will be in charge of setting up and taking down the demonstration area located just outside the market office.  He will be there throughout the day to help in any way needed.  He can provide the serving
items (paper plates, forks, etc) tabletop cooking burners with braising pans, frying pans.  Power is available if you want to use a blender or mixer.  The Lu kitchen, has a modest supply of mixing bowls, utensils, and two ovens (the top one with broiler), a gas stove top, a microwave, and refrigerator.  Tracey will also be doing taste comparisons at the booth at the same time.

You can purchase products from the market that day or a couple days ahead using market dollars.  Contact Tracey to make arrangements –, 360-870-2040

Sign up for as many food demonstration slots as you would like.  You can do a shift from 11:00 to 1:00 or 1:00 to 3:00, or do both shifts if you like. This is a great way to share your interest in Slow Food with others in the community.

July 6, 2013: Family Ice Cream Social

Last year’s Ice Cream Social was a lovely, fun, delicious, educational, family event, so we are doing a repeat! Here are the details.

When:  Saturday, July 6.  Stop by anytime between 2 and 5 pm

Where: At Karen and George Bray’s Picnic House near the east side portion of Priest Point Park.  Look for a private road – 33rd Lane – the first road on the right north of Priest Point Park.  The parking area is about a block down that road on the right between two homes.  The Picnic House is behind one of the homes.  Look for the Slow Food banner and signs directing you to the picnic House.  (Electricity and an outhouse, but no refrigeration.)

What:  A mix of visiting, education, play and, as always at a Slow Food event, great local food!  Expect Olympic Mountain sorbet and ice cream and homemade options as well.  If you like, bring cookies, crisps and pies to share.  We are counting on you to bring your favorite topping to share (challenge yourself to feature local foods).  Dishware is provided.

Education:  Students from Martha Rosemeyer’s Food, Health and Sustainability class will let you explore what they learned about how we taste foods and individuals will have poster sessions on their food passion.

For Kids:  The picnic house is situated on a large acreage with plenty of room for kids to roam or set up croquet or bocce ball.  Bring your volleyball net and ball if you like.

Cost:  $5 per family. Free if you make and share a homemade ice cream, or make a dessert that begs for a scoop of ice cream. No RSVP Necessary.

Volunteers: Can you help with the sign in, setup or serving ice cream at the event this year?  Call or email Loretta at or 786-9775 to volunteer.

June 23, 2013: Olympia Farmers Market Food Demonstration

This Sunday at the Olympia Farmers Market, Treacy Kreger will be joined by Christine Ciancetta in the morning.  In the afternoon Treacy will be featuring Kohlrabi cold salad using OlyKraut brine and preparing Sound Fresh Little Neck Steamer for sampling.

Fresh Sheet for June 17- 23

*        Fava Beans
*        Apricots
*        Zucchini
*        Fennel bulbs
*        Fresh herbs
*        Scallions
*        Asparagus
*        Cherries
*        Strawberries
*        Rhubarb
*        Broccoli
*        Bok Choi
*        White Turnips
*        Kohlrabi
*        Scarlet Queen Red Turnips
*        Wide variety of lettuce and other salad greens
*        Chard
*        Spinach
*        New (green) Garlic
*        Garlic Tops
*        Mushrooms
*        Easter egg Radish
*        French Radish

We need volunteers to join Treacy at 11 or at 1 pm On Sunday June 30th ,  at 1 pm on July 7 and most Sundays July 21 and beyond.   Check out the booth this Sunday, and then sign up at our  online schedule. Need ideas for your time at the food demonstration? Email Treacy at

June 20, 2013: Progressive Dinner of Olympia Restaurants–Sign up by June 18!

Slow Food Greater Olympia is hosting a progressive dinner on Thursday, June 20. The dinner will showcase wonderful local foods being grown and raised around Olympia and interpreted for us by three of Olympia’s premier restaurants – Acqua Via, Swing Wine Bar, and Basilico.

Would you like to see more local restaurants serve locally sourced foods?  Doing so is a challenge for busy chefs, so we are helping them explore our local food options by asking them to participate in our Progressive Dinner.  The meal is “progressive”  in two ways:

Each group will eat one course at their first restaurant, walk to the second for another great plate, and go to the third restaurant for dessert.

Each chef is stretching themselves to locally source three exceptional courses for our dinner.  We hope that in so doing they will consider sources from those Thurston County producers again in the future.  Participants are using their eating-out dollars to help make change in our local food system.

We thank the chefs at Acqua Via, Swing Wine Bar, and Basilico for trying this experiment with us. Since the courses are seasonal local foods, the chefs are just now connecting with local farmers to decide what they will offer, we will share the menus when available.  You can be assured of a very special evening prepared just for us.

Each course can be accompanied by matching wines, or not, as you choose. This dinner is not a fund raiser. It is intended only to show off our locally sourced food and wine bounty, and all costs are to cover the restaurants’ expenses.

When: Thursday, June 20, 2013 at 6:00 pm
Where: Basilico, Acqua Via, and Swing Wine Bar
Cost for Food Only Option:  $70 per person
Cost for Food and Matching Wines Option: $100 per person

Please RSVP to Liz Douglas at or by phone at 360-878-8097. Payment must be received in advance in order to guarantee your place at the table.


Cost per person

June 9, 2013: Olympia Farmers Market Food Demonstration

Check out this Sunday’s food demonstration (June 9) between 11 and 3 pm at the Olympia Farmers Market.

The food demonstrations are at the booth near the market stage every Sunday through September 29 except June 16 and Sept 1.

The food demonstrations use the freshest, local, delicious, products from the Olympia Farmers Market. Also taste produce fresh from the farm, compared to Supermarket produce coming from outside of our region.

These demonstrations are sponsored by Slow Food Greater Olympia, Friends of the Olympia Farmers and the Olympia Farmers Market

June 3, 2013: Ark of Taste Garden Planting

It will be great gardening weather this coming week, so we are putting the squash and some row crops in one of our Ark of Taste Gardens.

Come between 5:30 and 7 pm on Monday June 3. No garden experience necessary, but come prepared to get your feet, hands and knees dirty.

The Ark of Taste Gardens feature “eat them, or lose them” plants – great tasting plants that are not part of the industrial food system and could disappear without us gardeners continuing purchase the seeds.

The garden is in northeast Olympia at Vern’s Foods & Farm. Send an email or call for the address – – 360 786-9775.

June 2, 2013: Food Demonstration at the Olympia Farmers Market

Check out this Sunday’s food demonstration (June 2) between 11 and 3 pm at the Olympia Farmers Market.  The tentative plan is to share a wheat berry salad -cooked wheat kernels from Kirsop Farm, perfect for this time of year when local potatoes are not in season.

The food demonstrations are at the booth near the market stage every Sunday through September 29 except June 16 and Sept 1.

The food demonstrations use the freshest, local, delicious, products from the Olympia Farmers Market. Also taste produce fresh from the farm, compared to Supermarket produce coming from outside of our region.

These demonstrations are sponsored by Slow Food Greater Olympia, Friends of the Olympia Farmers and the Olympia Farmers Market

May 28, 2013: Transplanting Plants

When: Tuesday May 28 -mid-day
What: Help transplant Ark of Taste and other warm season plants into Treacy Kreger’s garden for use in Slow Food dinners this summer.

No gardening experience necessary.  To participate call or email Loretta Seppanen –

May 11, 2013: Day of the Bed GRuB Kitchen Garden Project

Slow Food Greater Olympia will again join the GRuB Kitchen Garden Project by funding and building a garden for a local school, youth program, or senior center.  Consider making a donation via Slow Food (check made out to GRuB) to defray the cost of the garden we build.

When:  Collecting contributions now until Saturday May 11

Where:   Send your check (made payable to “GRuB”) to Celeste Wade, 1307 Gemini St SE, Lacey, WA 98503 (your contribution is tax deductible).

What:  This is the 5th year that our Slow Food chapter has set a goal of building and funding gardens for low-income members of our community through GRuBs Kitchen Garden Project.  This year we need to contribute a minimum of $1,000 which pays for a portion of the wood, garden soil and the seeds and starts provided to the family we will work with.

Families we have worked with in the past tell us that the garden (3 raised beds) has not only supplied their family with a bounty of vegetables leading to a stronger sense of food security.

Want to help with the garden build?  It will take place on the morning of Saturday May 11.  Join the build team by calling or email Celeste atCrosstownFarms@Yahoo.com360-339-3627.


April 21, 2013: Cannelloni, Ravioli, & Tortellini (Oh My!)

This GO Slow Food class introduces students to making fresh egg pasta and learning the techniques of filling it into different shapes.  We will use these fillings for our stuffed pastas: Ricotta/Spinach; Chicken/Prosciutto/Herb; and Sweet Potato/Goat Cheese.  Students will enjoy sampling their work with a Parmesan/Sage sauce and locally produced Cucina Ciancetta Marinara. Wine pairing included.

The instructor, Christine Ciancetta, will share her Italian family techniques for making the most tender and flavorful pasta. Then assistants will work with groups of 2-4 students, step by step, as they learn to make their filled pastas. You will go home with new skills, recipes and extra pasta. 

When: Sunday, April 21 from 2-5 pm
Where: Home of an Olympia Slow Food member and chef
What: Christine Ciancetta, local Italian cooking instructor and Slow Food member will demonstrate pasta making; from mixing the dough, rolling out dough with a hand-crank pasta machine, filling and shaping.

Class Fee: $35 for Slow Food members and $40 for non-members.

Register: by PayPal and RSVP to Paula; OR by sending a check for the class fee made out to GO Slow Food and mailing it to:
Paula Liechty, 6630 Old Olympia Hwy SW, Olympia, WA  98512

Directions to the Event: will be emailed to you upon the receipt of your registration fee.
Questions: email Paula

Price per person

April 20, 2013: Annual Potting Party

If you start your own hot weather plants, or you want to learn from those
who do, or you just want to help with a garden, join as we transplant starts
into larger pots for our various Ark of Taste gardens (downtown Olympia, Tumwater Boys and Girls Club and Treacy Kreger’s garden area.)

If you don’t have any plants to share, you can still join the potting party.
We always need plenty of willing hands. If you have small and midsized
pots, please bring them. If you have good compost or a purchased
transplanting mix we can use that also.

What: Transplanting seedlings for the Ark of Taste Gardens.
When: Saturday, April 20 from 2 to 4 pm.
Where: Celeste Wade’s greenhouse at 5320 Lemon Road, Olympia, WA 98506. From South Bay Road turn onto Schinke Road follow it out to 46th. Turn right onto Lemon Road. After about a 1/2 mile look for a small Southwest Builders sign on the right (5324 Lemon Rd NE). At that intersection LEFT & stay in the left hand gravel driveway (there are two side by side roads). Follow back into the woods past the first house to the very end of the road. Look for a greenhouse behind a large shed and opposite the home of the land owners.

Need help getting there – Celeste at is 360-339-3627.

April 13, 2013: Puer Tea Tasting

Come drink tea with us, and learn about the history and production of Puer,
an unusual, fascinating, and deliciously aged style of tea produced in
China’s Yunnan Province.

When: April 13 – 3pm to 5:00 p.m.
Where: Eco House at Fertile Ground, 911 Adams St SE, Olympia, WA 98501
What: Puer (or Pu-erh) Tea Tasting, featuring several different categories
and styles. Led by David Galli of PDX Tea
in Portland and Dewey Meyer of Northwest WuWo Tea Association. Includes
special tea food treats.

This session will feature the history and different processing methods for
Pu-erh Tea as well as a tasting. Pu-erh tea is a Chinese tea that has
undergone secondary fermentation. This aging process means the tea can get
better with age. The secondary fermentation may also lead to health
benefits not found in green, Oolong or black teas. The tea does have

Register: via Pay Pal or by calling Helen Dziuba
(503)-312-9543. Fee is $10 for members, $15 for non-members (check made out
to Slow Food Greater Olympia.)


April 3, 2013: Planning for July 13-14 Kids Day at the Olympia Farmers Market

Planning for July 13-14 Kids Day at the Olympia Farmers Market

When: Wed, April 3 at 7 pm
Where: Dixie Havlak’s home
What: For the past several years the Olympia Farmers Market staff have
asked members of the community to add a food and healthy eating focus to
their annual Kid’s Day activities. Dietitian Dixie Havlak has lead this
community effort with help from Slow Food members committed to helping
children learn more about where their food comes from. We invite others to
join us in planning and helping in July.

This year the Kid’s Day activities are both Saturday and Sunday July 13-14.
Email Loretta Seppanen or call 786-9775 for
the street address for the planning meeting and to receive information about
our activities last year when we had just one day for the kid’s

March 24, 2013: Book Discussion: The Art of Fermentation

Get ready for the April 11 visit of author and fermenting expert, Sandor Ellix Katz by participating in a March 24 book discussion of his book, The Art of Fermentation


When: Sunday March 24, 2- 4pm
Where: Member home near Olympia High School (directions provided upon registration)
What: Book discussion to learn more about fermentation in advance of the April 11 presentation in Olympia by the author, regarded as the leading expert in fermentation ranging from pickles, kimchi; to yogurt, soy sauce and salami; and to wine and kombucha. We will share tastes of several fermented food products.

This is a large and detailed book, so participants are asked to focus on just one of the topical chapters (chapters 4 to 12: wine, vegetable, sour tonic, milk, grains/tubers, beer, mold (tempeh), beans/nuts/seeds, and meats/fish/eggs). Participants are also urged to read the two background chapters (chapters 1 and 2.) This is a book you may find yourself using as a reference for many years.

The Art of Fermentation is available at the library; though the hold list is long. It is also at Orca Books and via Amazon for Kindle or hard copy (ranging from $24 to $40).

Registration and cost: $5 for members, $10 for non-members. Please register by March 20. We offer two ways to register and pay for the event.

Send an e-mail to Loretta Seppanen
Purchase via Pay Pal

Price per person


February 10, ,2013: Olympia Coffee Roasting Company Visit

Join Slow Food members and friends in a visit to the Olympia Coffee Roasting Company. Tucked away on an Olympia side street, it is an emerging star of the coffee world. As a result of attention to detail and quality, the company was named by Roast Magazine as the 2013 Micro Roaster of the Year (given to a roaster who produces fewer than 100,000 pounds of coffee annually).

Co-owner Oliver Stormshak will tell us about the business, which features organic, shade-grown coffee purchased through fair trade principles. During our visit, we will enjoy “affogato.” In this delicious Italian dessert, espresso (regular or decaf) is poured over a bowl of ice cream.

We will be using a room located off of the roasting area, and can accommodate about 20 people. Plan on having a relaxing, convivial experience—perfect for the cold, dark month of February.

When: Sunday, February 10, 2013 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Where: 108 Cherry Street NE Olympia
Cost: $8.00 for Slow Food members, $11.00 for others, paid in advance.

To reserve: Email Emily Ray at Send your checks payable to GO Slow Food to Emily at 2622 Buker St. SE, Olympia, WA 98501. You can also pay online:

Price per person

January 16, 2013: Sights, Stories, and Tastes from Terra Madre

When: Wednesday, January 16 at 7 pm
Where: McLane Grange
What: “Sights, Stories, and Tastes from Terra Madre” presented by Erik Hagan, Sarah Rocker, J. Treacy Kreger based on their October 2012 trip to the international Slow Food event, Terra Madre.

Free and open to the public.

January 6, 2013: Slow Food Potluck and Annual Meeting

What: Sunday Brunch and Slow Food Annual Meeting.  This is our once a year, all come, best brunch in the county.  Bring your favorite brunch dish to share.  We will provide dishes and tableware for the event.  You’ll get a preview of the 2013 Slow Food events and learn about the history of local food production from historian Drew Crooks.
When: Sunday, January 6, 2013 from 10:30 to 1:30 pm
Where: Gem Clinic Conference Room–3435 Martin Wy E Suite C.  Parking is in the back of the building off the street.
Bring: A potluck item for brunch.

Open to all and no registration required.  No cost, but lots of good food and conversation!

Are you interested in joining the team that plans events and activities for Slow Food members?  Our Board holds evening meetings once a quarter on the 3rd Wednesday of January, April, July, and October.  If you would like to join us, please let us know before the Annual Meeting.  Contact Loretta Seppanen at or call at 360 786-9775.

December 10, 2012: Terra Madre Day Report

When: December 10, noon to 1 pm.
What: Slow Food members Treacy Kreger, Sarah Rocker and Erik Hagan recently returned from Terra Madre 2012, the global Slow Food event bringing together an international network of food producers and representatives of local communities, cooks, academics, and young people to establish a system of good, clean and fair food production, respectful of the environment, communities and the diversity of foods and cultures. At this lunchtime gathering they will share what they learned about the World Food movement and how that will shape their work for a more vibrant local food system. Bring your sack lunch to enjoy while you learn from their experience.
Where: Tumwater Timberland Regional Library 7023 New Market Street, Tumwater, WA 98501-6563.
Cost: Free and open to all. Bring your sack lunch.

December 2, 2012: The Art of Brewing and Tasting Taiwanese Oolong Tea

When: December 2 – 2 until 4 pm
What: The Art of Brewing and Tasting Taiwanese Oolong Tea. Led by  Taiwanese Tea expert Dewey Meyer, Northwest WuWo Tea Association, and Martha Rosemeyer, The Evergreen State College.  Includes special tea treats like tea eggs and buns with red bean paste.
Register:  Email hostess Helen Dziuba or call her at (503) 312-9543.
Cost: $10 for members, $15 for non-members. Pay online (below) or make arrangements with Helen to send in your check (made out to Slow Food Greater Olympia) to confirm your reservation.


Tea Tasting Prices


November 3, 2012: Pasta Making Class

Who doesn’t love fresh pasta, a rustic sauce, and a nice glass of wine!
Now you can learn how to make this staple of Italy in a Slow Food hands on class.

When:  Saturday, November 3 from 2-5pm.
What: Christine Ciancetta, local Italian cooking instructor and Slow Food member will demonstrate pasta making from mixing the dough to shaping with a hand-cranked pasta machine. Assistant instructors will then guide small groups of students through their own pasta making adventure. Students will learn to make fresh egg pasta; fresh herb pasta; and black pepper pasta.  Two sauces will be served–Cucina Ciancetta Tomato Marinara, and Butternut Squash Sauce. Students will enjoy a sample of pasta, the sauces, and a glass of wine.
Where: Home of Treacy Kreger
Class Cost:  $35 for Slow Food members and $40 for non-members.
Register: Class size will be limited, so send your registration in early. Send your email address and a check for the class made out to GO Slow Food to:
Paula Liechty
6630 Old Olympic Hwy SW
Olympia, WA  98512

Directions to the event will be emailed to you upon receipt of your registration fee.
Questions:  email Paula at


October 24, 2012: Focus on Local Food Potluck

October 24, 2012 is Food Day, a national celebration of local foods. People around our nation will be cooking meals with as much local food as possible, and sharing it – and the experience with family and friends.

Slow Food members and friends are invited to a 6 pm potluck dinner focused on Northwest Heritage foods that grow well in our region and are available in October. We have selected a menu of heritage foods and are preparing recipes you can follow, though we encourage you to share your heritage food choices and recipes as well. You can choose to attend one of two hosted small potluck gatherings where you will work with your hostess to select the food or beverage item you will bring.

Contact the hostess for the October 24 Food Day potluck you would like to attend. Our hostesses for the evening potluck are:

Karen Bray, 360-357-9158
Pat Hains,, 360-791-8928

Contact the hostess of your choice now as space is limited.  Work with her to decide on the menu item you would like to bring.  She will have information on sources for heritage ingredients.  If you would like to provide local wines for the event, see the suggested pairings listed with the recipes. Pairing suggestions were created especially for our meal by Swing Bar’s wine steward, Stephen Pavletich.

The menu and recipes are located on our website at   Most of these recipes can be made ahead in recognition of Wednesday being in the middle of the week.

Here is the basic menu. Items with an asterisk * are on the Ark of Taste. Follow the links for more information about these foods. View the recipes.


 1.  Olympia Oysters* on the half shell.
2. Two heritage garlic dips, served two ways (Inchelium Red* and Spanish Roja.)

Main Courses:

1. Hardy greens – we will offer a recipe for a raw kale salad and cooked green with lots of garlic and olive oil.
2. Winter squash  – Delicata or Red Kuri
3. Ozette Potato* (get these now from Rising River Farm at the Olympia Farmers Market) with chanterelle mushrooms.
4. Rabbit* - an under appreciated healthy meat that grows well in the NW.
5. Marbled Chinook Salmon* with huckleberries (tribal season ends Sept 15 so likely available only as canned or frozen fish)

 Aunt Molly’s Ground Cherry* Pear Rustic Tart

Share your ideas for this dinner when you “like” the new Food Day South Puget Sound page. Like the page and then sign up to join in the fun!

Food Day South Puget Sound


July 15-September 30, 2012: Summer Food Demonstrations

It’s the season for food demonstrations! Check out the recipes for using Cauliflower put together by Susie Mould on August 12; for cucumbers as prepared by Karyn Lindberg August 19; and zucchini as prepared by Liz Douglas August 26.

Where:  Olympia Farmers Market.  This year the demos will be away from the main stage on the east end of the market (near the Master Gardeners shed)
When: Every Sunday at 1 pm, July 15 through the end of September

The Recipes: You can find the recipes for these and previous demonstrations on our website

Our lead for the food demonstrations this year is Treacy Kreger.

September 23, 2012: Farm to Table Dinner

What: Chef Treacy and guest Chef Laurie, owner of Dockside Bistro and Wine Bar, will prepare a menu focusing on five counties: Spain, France, Italy, Thailand, and Vietnam. All dishes will be prepared with local products and will feature Slow Food member Celeste Wade’s Crosstown Farm rabbit, Far West Exotic Meat’s Zoe (Yak Angus Beef cross) of Elma, and fresh produce directly from Vern’s Garden and other local farms. Joining them will be Ann and Andy Anderson, winemakers and owners of the award-winning Walter Dacon Winery.

Walter Dacon Wines is dedicated to Rhone and Mediterranean style wines and sources grapes from select vineyard sites in the Yakima and Columbia Valleys of Washington State. Their wines bring home the richness of a centuries-old tradition of vinification. Hand crafted through the unique art of blending, which is the rule in the Rhone, and aged in French and American oak barrels, Walter Dacon wines reveal the underlying fruit blended with gentle, precision use of oak.

Assorted Spanish Tapas
French Braised Zoe Short Ribs w/New Potato Gratin
Italy Stuffed Squid w/ Fresh Sauce Pomodoro
Thai Curried Rabbit w/Black Rice
Vietnamese Garden Fresh Vegetable Noodle Salad
Seasonal Fresh Fruit Dessert by Slow Food Members

When: Sunday, September 23 from 4:00 to 8:00 pm
Where: At the home of Slow Food member and Chef, J Treacy Kreger

All proceeds go to the Greater Olympia Slow Food chapter. Funds will be used primarily for funding travel expenses for our delegate, Treacy Kreger, to the Slow Food International Congress and Terra Madre event. Terra Madre, which occurs once every two years, brings together farmers, chefs and educators from across the globe in Torino (Turin), Italy in October.

To Register for the dinner, please contact Liz Douglas (360) or Treacy Kreger (360-)

Suggested donation $60 for members;. non-members $75.  Become a member and save $15   Limit 24  (Don’t wait to sign up. the August dinner filled up and had space for 36. And it was fabulous!) 

Check out this article on the August Farm to Table dinner.

In case you haven’t yet discovered Slow Food, it is a non-profit organization that was founded in 1989 to counteract fast food and fast life, the disappearance of local food traditions and people’s dwindling interest in the food they eat, where it comes from, how it tastes and how our food choices affect the rest of the world. To do that, Slow Food brings together pleasure and responsibility, and makes them inseparable. Today, it has over 100,000 members in 132 countries.


September 13, 2012: Planning for Focus on Local Food and National Food Day Celebrations

Slow Food Greater Olympia is participating in the local Focus on Local Food and the national Food Day celebration by hosting several potluck dinners, Wednesday October 24, 2012.

What, When, Where: Come help us plan the menu for our potluck at a meeting Thursday September 13 at 10:30 am at the stage at the Olympia Farmers Market.

Slow Food members Ann Vandeman, Martha Rosemeyer and Loretta Seppanen will be planning a menu based on the great products available in October – summer and winter squash, pumpkins, potatoes, peppers, carrots, beans, beets, greens, radishes, spinach, cabbage, broccoli, garlic, leeks, onions, herbs, honey, shellfish, meats, apples, pears and if fall weather cooperates corn and tomatoes. We will include Ark of Tastefoods that grow well in our area. Meet us at the market or with your menu ideas if you can’t attend.

Would you like to host one of the potlucks that evening to celebrate local foods? Email Loretta at indicating how many people you can host and how they can contact you to sign up for your potluck.

Save the evening of October 24 for a Slow Food potluck to celebrate Food Day. Look for more information in late September regarding location, registration and menu options.

August 24, 2012: Farm to Table Dinner

August 24, 5:30 until dusk.
Fred and Katherine Colvin, Greater Olympia Slow Food Member Chef Treacy and guest Chef Will Taylor of Aqua Via restaurant of Olympia have all come together for a local Farm to Table Dinner on the beautiful Colvin Ranch in the Rock Valley just south of Tenino. They will be featuring Colvin grass fed beef, Stoney Plains Organic Farm produce (just down the road a ways) and pairing the food courses with wines from Tenino’s Scatter Creek Winery.  Dessert by Paula Liechty.

Come ride on the wagons and tour the ranch, hearing the story of one of the oldest ranches in Thurston County. Enjoy local wines and appetizers in the fields near the site of the old homestead and then move on to dinner courses under the shade of the old maple trees on the grass near the farm house, watching over the herd of Colvin Beef. Enjoy classic jazz performed by Ray and Associates.*

All proceeds go to Greater Olympia Slow Food to fund the travel for our delegate, Treacy Kreger, to Slow Food International Congress and the biennial Terra Madre event which brings together farmers, chefs, and educators from across the globe in Torino, Italy this October.

To register for the dinner, please contact Liz Douglas (360) or Treacy Kreger (360)

Suggested donation for the dinner is $60 for Slow Food members and $75 for non-members. If you join for $25, you’ll save $15 on the dinner and save on future events!  A good investment.  Join here. (Choose Greater Olympia as your primary local chapter)

*Ray Fujiwara is a jazz trumpet player who had his own band called Ray and Associates in Japan. Yoko is a jazz singer who sang with the Associates. Ray plays standard jazz and became a professional musician on HNK Television in Japan after graduating from high school. When he was with Sharps and Flats, Japan’s premiere jazz band, he played with Diana Ross, Sammy Davis Jr., Nancy Wilson, Vicki Carr, and many, many, others. Ray and Yoko relocated to Washington after the Japan tsunami.

July 28, 2012: Slow Food Pizza Party

When:  Saturday, July 28 at 6:00 pm
Where: The Hains House Bed and Breakfast; 2525 Beaver Creek Drive SW, Olympia.
What:    Pat Hains will prepare the artisan pizza crusts and bake them in her wood fired oven.  She will also provide dessert.
Cost:    $5 for members, $8 for nonmembers
Bring:  Pizza toppings; salad, veggies, or beverages

Directions: From Olympia, take I-5 south to the Maytown Exit (#95). Turn slight right onto Maytown Road. After 1 mile, turn right onto Gunstone Street SW.  (Gunstone St is just past Taylor St SW.  Maytown is on the left.  If you reach Tilley Rd. S, you’ve gone about 1.6 miles too far.)   Gunstone becomes Beaver Creek after .2 miles.  The B&B is on the right.

July 7, 2012: Family Ice Cream Social

When:  Saturday, July 7, any time between 2 and 5 pm
Where: At Karen and George Bray’s Picnic House near the east side portion of Priest Point Park. Look for a private road – 33rd Lane – which is the first road on the right north of Priest Point Park.  The parking area for the event is about a block down that road on the right between two homes.  The Picnic House is behind one of the homes.  Look for the Slow Food banner and signs directing you to the picnic House.  (Electricity and an outhouse, but no refrigeration. More details to come.)
What:   A mix of visiting, education, play and, as always at a Slow Food event, great local food!  The Olympic Mountain Strawberry Rhubarb Sorbet and two kinds of ice cream have been ordered.  Cookies, crisps and pies are planned.  We are counting on you to bring your favorite topping to share (challenge yourself to feature local foods).  Dishware is provided.
Education Option:  Several individuals will share one of the food passions – Ann Vandeman – Balsamic Vinegar; Shannon Ford – Flavor profiles of the heritage chickens, geese, and turkeys she grows at Oly Organics; Christine Ciancetta – herbs from her yard and the recipes for their use.
Kid’s Options:  The picnic House is situated on a large acreage with plenty of room for kids to roam or set up croquet or bocce ball.  Bring your volleyball net and ball if you like.
Cost:  $5 per family. Free if you make and share a homemade ice cream, or make a dessert that begs for a scoop of ice cream.

No RSVP Necessary.


May 30, 2012: GRuB’s Kitchen Garden Project

Slow Food Greater Olympia is well on the way to creating new gardens to serve low income families in our area through the GRuB’s Dig Deep effort. You can help in two ways:

Garden build, Sunday May 6, anytime between 11 am and 4 pm: Volunteers will build fencing & lots of beds for the Friendly Grove Head Start (2505 Friendly Grove Road Northeast). If you are interested in helping for a few hours (don’t have to be there the whole time) contact Celeste at, or 360-339-3627. Bring gloves, water, hat, sunscreen and be ready to have fun working together to create a brand new Head Start garden. This is our main Slow Food volunteer project for this year, so don’t miss out!

Send your check: Thanks to our members who have generously contributed $350 already to this project! Those $ are matched by funds raised last year. In addition a member has put up additional funding to match the second $500 we raise. You can’t beat that – supporting gardens for local low-income families and having your contribution doubled. Please send a check or money order (made payable to “GRuB”) to Celeste Wade, 1307 Gemini St SE, Lacey, WA 98503 (your contribution is tax deductable).

There will be a season end celebration and potluck on May 19th at the GRuB farmhouse from 11-2.

May 24, 2012: Farms Forever Dinner and Art Auction

When:  Saturday, March 24, 4:30 p to 9:00 pm
Where: Thurston County Fairgrounds Expo Center
What:    Farms Forever gala dinner and art auction sponsored by South of the Sound Community Farm Land Trust (SSCFLT).  The event features a local foods menu, artisan pies, a live and silent auction, and live bluegrass music from the Oly Mountain Boys. Doors open at 4:30 pm for the silent auction. Dinner begins at 6:00 pm. The live auction will begin shortly after dinner.

Slow Food Greater Olympia Chair Loretta Seppanen is hosting a table at this fun fund raiser to support our local farm community.  Let Loretta know if you want to join her at the Slow Food table ($40 per ticket) by emailing her or call 360 786-9775.  You can also get tickets for yourself ($45 individual/$80 couple) at

Money raised will help pay the down payment on two properties the South of the Sound Community Farm Land Trust is trying to purchase for eventual long-term lease to local farmers. Many market gardeners rent land and thus are uncertain from year to year which land they can farm. Sustainable land practices require a longer-term approach, but the farmers do not have the capital to buy their own land. The SSCFLT plans to purchase the land and then lease it to farmers on a 99 year lease.

May 20, 2012: Book Discussion and Potluck

When:  Sunday, May 20, 2012  5:30 to 8:30 pm
Where: Home of Emily Ray:  2622 Buker St. SE, Olympia, WA 98501
What:  WHITE BREAD, A Social History of the Store-Bought Loaf, tells the story of America’s one-hundred-year-long love/hate relationship with the store bought loaf of white bread. It is by Aaron Bobrow-Strain, a Whitman College faculty member, and was released just this March by Beacon Press. (Copies are or will soon be available at the Timberland Library and Orca, as well as through ebooks.)

Bobrow-Strain’s book gives us plenty to consider, including his belief that the debate over what is “good” food touches on deeper issues of class differences, institutional racism, and ethnocentrism.

: Email Emily Ray, or call 943-6199. Space is limited.

May 12, 2012: Northwest Artisan Cheese Tasting

When: Saturday, May 12, 2012  5 PM

Where: Liz Douglas’ house
What: Sheri LaVigne of Seattle’s Calf and Kid cheese shop will lead us through tasting a selection of northwest artisan cheeses along with selected wines, followed by a potluck dinner.  Also, visit and talk by Kelli Estrella of Estrella Family Creamery.
Cost:  $35 for members, $40 for non members
Sign up: Now (Still a few spots left) contact:

Liz Douglas
360 878-8097
Send your check (before the event) payable to Greater Olympia Slow Food to:

Liz Douglas
2725 Hibiscus Court SE
Olympia WA 98513

More Information: Bring a potluck dish and beverage to share. We will enjoy dinner together after the tasting.

May 5, 2012: Potting Party

Do you grow starts of plants that kids might like to grow?  Let’s support the new gardens at the Boys and Girls Club & Chinook Middle school by sharing our starts with them.  And to make the work easier, let’s do the potting up of our starts together.  Join in even if you have no starts to share by bringing small pots (multiple plant pots (4 and 6), 3 inch, 4 inch pots especially), potting soil or snacks.  No plant experience necessary.

When:    Saturday, May 5, 2pm – 4pm
Where:  1307 Gemini St SE, Lacey
What:    Slow Food Potting Party to pot-up starts for kids to grow in their new gardens. Plan to bring any extra starts that children might enjoy growing this spring or summer. For more information contact Loretta Seppanen at or 786-9775.

March and April 2012: Meadows Elementary School Garden Volunteers

What: Last year’s gardening ‘hour’ at Meadows Elementary is being expanded to  two, from 10.30am – 12.30pm, with the first hour devoted to working with Paul Johnson’s 4th Grade class, and the next hour working with kids from across the school during their rolling lunch breaks.  We’ll be planting, harvesting, and providing a variety of learning opportunities for the kids.   ‘Invitations to the Garden’ will be handed out to the Thurston County Food Bank ‘Backpacks for Kids Program’ when their ‘backpacks’ are distributed.
 This two-hour session in the garden will begin on March 23rd. 

When: Most Fridays through the end of the school year.
The schedule so far is as follows:
March 2nd, March 9th,
March 23rd, March 30th.
April 13th, April 27th.

Clearance Needed:For those of you who volunteered last year, or who have previously been cleared for volunteering in the North Thurston School District, the clearance time is only a day or two.
If you are new to volunteering, it is important to get your application in as soon as possible, as the initial processing is between 1 -2 weeks.  Forms can be downloaded from the North Thurston School District, and then submitted to the administrative offices on College St.

We’d love to see you in the garden this year!

Questions: Contact Ginny Codd -


March 13 and 20, 2012: Support Sustainable Farming

Olympia and Tumwater residents are invited to speak out in support of sustainable farming at upcoming meetings (Lacey residents can send emails).

When:  Public Communication time slot at the 7 pm city council meetings:
Tuesday, March 13 – Olympia
Tuesday, March 20 – Tumwater
Where:   City Hall in Olympia and Tumwater
What:  Participants from last month’s forum on the Farm Bill with Dan Imhoff (author of Food Fight: The Citizens Guide to the Next Food and Farm Bill) have agreed to approach our local city councils to ask them to endorse the Seattle Farm Bill Principles (, a set of broad sustainable and locally-focused principles about agriculture designed as perspective for Congress during the rewrite of the Farm Bill.   While federal legislation is not the business of our city councils, this set of principles has been adopted by the National League of Cities because it focuses on support of a local food system.  You are invited to join others and express your support for the city where you live to endorse the Seattle Farm Bill Principles.

This same request was made to the Lacey City Council on Thursday March 8.  If you live in Lacey and want to support the request, connect with your local council member.

March 7, 2012: Introduction to the Produce Area at the TC Food Bank

When:   Wednesday March 7 at 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm.
Where:  Meet at front door of Thurston County Food Bank, 220 Thurston Avenue Northeast, Olympia,
What:   This is an introduction to the produce area of the Food Bank for those who want to volunteer an hour or more periodically to help patrons quickly gain information about preparing produce available the Food Bank.  Rick Sandler, Slow Food member and Heather Davis, Food Bank Produce Coordinator, will show how participants can share recipe ideas with Food Bank patrons. The group will make plans for volunteering during Food Bank hours: Monday, Wednesday & Friday 11:00-3:00 and the 2nd & 4th Wednesdays of each month from 5:00 pm-7:00 pm.

April 3, 2012: Planning Session for Farmers Market Produce Demonstrations

When:   Monday March 5 at 9:30 to 11 am.
Where:  Large table at Batdorf & Bronson, 516 Capitol Way South, Olympia
What:   Plan for sharing recipes and information about produce at the Olympia Farmers Market.   The group will plan for a variety of fun and educational activities on Kid’s Day (typically in early July) and throughout the summer season.  Whether you like to share recipe ideas, prepare and provide tastes of local produce or do food demonstrations, there is a role for you this summer.  If you cannot attend, but are interested in participating this summer, please contact Joseph (Treacy) Kreger [ or 360-870-2040].


February 22, 2012: Daniel Imhoff Speaks about the Food and Farm Bill

Come to hear Daniel Imhoff, The author of “Food Fight”, The citizen’s guide to the next Food and Farm Bill

When:  Wednesday, February 22nd at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Traditions Cafe, 300 5th Avenue SW, Olympia
What:   Daniel and Nina Triffleman from the Northwest Farm Action Group will talk about influencing the Farm Bill and creating a sustainable local food system.

The event is free and sponsored by Sustainable South Sound, Slow Food Greater Olympia, and The Olympia Food Co-op.

January 5, 2012: Planning Session for Market Produce Promoters

You are invited to a planning session related to 2012 sharing of recipes and food demonstrations.

When:   5:30 to 7 pm Thursday January 5
Where:  Olympia home of a planning group member (address provided for those who RSVP)
What:  This is a planning session of the Market Produce Promoters who are a group of Slow Food members and others in the community interested in promoting cooking with local, seasonal produce by offering recipes and food demonstrations.   At this first gathering of 2012 we will review the successes and challenges of our work last year at the Olympia Farmers Market and Thurston County Food Bank and discuss ideas for these same venues and others in the coming year.

More information and to RSVP:  To receive background information and the address for the gathering email Loretta Seppanen