Farm-to-Table trade meeting
Join local producers, distributors, chefs, retailers, sustainable food advocates, and others interested in buying local food for a day of network building, and expert panel discussions 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., April 16, Sequim-Prairie Grange, Sequim, Wash.
To register or for more information contact Clea Rome, firstname.lastname@example.org or Laura Lewis, email@example.com.
Auction of Washington Wine names honorees
The Auction of Washington Wines has announce the lineup of honorees for its 26th Annual weekend of events August 15-17.
Harvey Steiman, responsible for Wine Spectator's coverage of Wash. and Oregon wines, is Honorary Chair; Kent Waliser, general manager and partner of Sagemoor Vineyards, is Honorary Grower; and Allen Shoup, early pioneer of the Auction and founding managing partner of Long Shadow Vintners, is Honorary Vintner.
Harvey Steiman, 2013 Honorary Chair:
Harvey Steiman has been writing about wine for 40 years, most recently as editor at large of Wine Spectator, where he has held a variety of editorial roles since 1983. Prior, Steiman spent seven years as the food and wine editor of the San Francisco Examiner.
Kent Waliser, 2013 Honorary Grower:
Kent Waliser has been a partner and general manager of Sagemoor Vineyards in Pasco, Wash. for more than 10 years. Founded in 1968, Sagemoor Vineyards is comprised of four companies, Sagemoor Farms, Bacchus Vineyard, Dionysus Vineyard and Weinbau Vineyard. The four companies total 900 acres in wine grapes that collectively sell grapes to 75 wineries in the state.
Allen Shoup, 2013 Honorary Vintner:
Allen Shoup spent 20 years building Chateau Ste. Michelle and its affiliate wineries, serving as the company’s CEO for 17 of those years. While at Chateau Ste. Michelle, Allen developed such well-known wines as Columbia Crest and Domaine Ste. Michelle and led Washington State from a 4,000 acre region of unsung vineyards into a world-class 30,000 acre Columbia Valley appellation.
Shoup is founder of Long Shadows Vintners, a winery he established in 2002 to bring internationally-renowned vintners to the Columbia Valley. He is also managing partner of The Benches vineyard at Wallula Gap. In addition to founding the Auction, Shoup also founded the Washington Wine Institute, helped create the WSWC, served on the California Wine Institute board and was instrumental in organizing the American Vintners Association.
Classes at 21 Acres
Woodinville’s 21 Acres School is dedicated to teaching people how to grow, eat and live sustainably. The non-profit school offers continuing education classes that focus on principles of sustainable agriculture including those related to not only food and food systems, but also to home energy and water conservation, tools for local economic development, and quality of life improvements for our community.
New classes for spring include:
Cooperative Growing in Your Neighborhood, Saturday, April 27, 1 p.m.
Improve Your Knife Skills Cooking Class, Saturday, April 27, 10:30 a.m.
Water Choices: Good for You and the Planet, Saturday, May 4, 10 a.m.
Spring Brunch Cooking Class, Saturday, May 4, 10:30 a.m.
Iris: A Flower for All Seasons, Saturday, May 18, 1 p.m.
Make Your Own Ricotta, Mozzarella and Butter, Saturday, May 18, 10:30 a.m.
Successful Beekeeping for Backyards, Saturday, June 29, 9:30 a.m.
To enroll and register visit 21acres.org/school; call 425-481-1500 ; or email firstname.lastname@example.org .
Mark your calendars also for Earth Day – A Celebration, Saturday, April 20 beginning at noon. 21 Acres will host a free, family event with earth-friendly activities, tours and a community potluck dinner.
Seattle Chocolate Salon May 5
The 6th Annual Chocolate Salon returns to Seattle May 5th.
Organized by TasteTV, the full-day Chocolate Salon presents new flavors, textures, combinations, and imagination to tantalize attendee tastebuds. The Salon takes place at Bell Harbor Conference Center. www.SeattleChocolateSalon.com
Craft museum collaborates with chefs
The second part of the exhibition Object Focus: The Bowl opens May 16 and runs through September 21 at the Museum of Contemporary Craft.
This part of the exhibition explores the social role of the bowl and features special collaborations with Portland restaurants, chefs, and culinary professionals, and artist projects reaching out into the community and bringing the community into the museum.
When the first part of the exhibition opened this spring, nearly 200 handcrafted bowls went on display. The New York Times wrote extensively about efforts to refocus attention on an object so commonplace it’s often completely overlooked.
This second half of the exhibition expands inviting the participation of culinary professionals in creating a bowl lending library, by putting handcrafted serving bowls in the communal kitchens of professional firefighters and by inviting culinary professionals to select a bowl from their own private collections to go on display. Each will share a story about their bowl, and some will even provide special recipes. Among those participating are:
Grant Butler, Oregonian
Kurt Beadell, Vibrant Table Catering
Ken Forkish, Kens Artesian Bakery and Pizza
Sarah Hart, Alma Chocolate
Janie Hibler, cookbook author
Christoper Israel, Gruner
Dolan Lane, BLUEHOUR
Dayna McErlean, Yakuza and DOC
Kristen D. Murray, Paley's Place
Vitaly Paley, Paley’s Place
Nong Poonsukwattana, Nong’s Khao Man Gai
Andy Ricker, Pok Pok
Gabe Rosen, BIWA
Cathy Whims, Nostrana and Oven & Shaker
Rex Pickett, author and screenplay writer, will be the featured presenter at BLEND, a reception and wine event 5:30 p.m., April 18 at the Yakima Convention Center.
Pickett wrote the novel Sideways and its sequel Vertical winning the Gold Medal for Fiction from the Independent Publishers Book Awards last year.
For information contact the Yakima Valley Visitors & Convention Bureau.
Revel on RedMountain
Over Memorial Day Weekend, enjoy the scenic drive from Seattle to Tri-Cities, Wash. for the 5th annual Revelry on Red Mountain. On Saturday, join 20 notable winemakers for a beautiful evening at Col Solare Winery from 6 – 9 p.m. Mingle with the winemakers and taste gourmet fare on the terrace while bidding on exciting silent auction items and enjoying panoramic views of Red Mountain, the Horse Heaven Hills and Yakima Valley.
On Sunday from 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., join us for the inaugural Vineyard Walking Tour hosted by the growers on Red Mountain. Get an up close and personal look at the terroir, technique and vines with Kiona Vineyards & Winery and Jim Holmes of Ciel du Cheval before a farm-to-table lunch with Charlie Hoppes at Fidelitas. Afterward, enjoy a comparison tasting hosted by one of Red Mountain's oldest wineries. Tickets are $95 per person for Saturday, $150 for both events. Sunday’s walking tour is only available to Saturday participants.
Details on the full lineup of Auction of Washington Wines events are below. Tickets and more information: www.auctionofwashingtonwines.org.