06 April 2010

Around the Community – April Events

Scavenger Hunt! Where’s Food Alliance?
Team up with Food Alliance for a fun and challenging scavenger hunt adventure that will forever change how you think about Portland’s local, sustainable food system. Teams of two use a map and clues to trace Food Alliance Certified product supply chains in the Portland Metro area, meet farmers, ranchers, and businesspeople who are committed to creating a more responsible food supply, learn about Food Alliance Certified products, and find collectible supply chain trading cards to earn points and win prizes. The Scavenger Hunt will be held Saturday, April 10th, from 10am to 6pm at the Natural Capital Center (Ecotrust Building), 721 NW 9th Avenue. Cost is $35 per team of two adults, and free to Food Alliance Members. Register before April 9th, and get one “We Eat Food Alliance Certified” membership – a $50 value – for FREE!


Diet For a Hot Planet Book Reading
Join bestselling author, activist and co-founder of the Small Planet Fund Anna Lappe as she reads from her new book Diet For a Hot Planet: The Climate Crisis at the End of Your Fork and What You Can Do about It, which makes the disturbing connection between food production and global warming, and examines how food can be a powerful starting point for solutions to global environmental problems. Co-sponsored by Slow Food Portland, Edible Portland, and the Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, this event is free to the public and takes place Sunday, April 18, at 7:30pm at Powell’s Books (1005 W Burnside). Preorder a signed copy of Diet For a Hot Planet HERE.


Photo by Alicia J Rose

A Culinary Duet to Benefit The Culinary Trust
Experience the true harmony that happens when local bounty and culinary artistry come together to create an exceptional family-style meal to benefit The Culinary Trust, the IACP’s philanthropic partner for over twenty-five years. Producers and chefs will collaborate to create an evening that blends old and new, with a menu inspired by Oregon’s culinary heritage. The seven participating culinary professionals sharing and serving up their artistry include Naomi Pomeroy (Beast), Lauren Fortgang (Paley’s Place), Adam Sappington (The Country Cat), Steve Jones (The Cheese Bar), David Briggs (Xocolatl de Davíd), Jason French (Ned Ludd), and Aaron Dionne (Bon Appetit Management). The dinner will be held Friday, April 23, from 6-9pm at the Leftbank Annex on N Broadway. Cost is $145 for IACP members and $165 for non-members. Email conferenceevent@theculinarytrust.com for ticket information.


Plant Your Garden with Oregon Tilth
Spring is here and it’s time to prepare the soil and plant all your favorite vegetables!  Attend this hands-on Oregon Tilth class and learn how to build your soil organically for optimal production.  Learn which amendments and fertilizers will help you grow vibrant and nutritious crops.  The class covers seed sowing, thinning, transplanting, and season extension techniques with an emphasis on space saving strategies for urban gardeners.  Join this fun class and take home plant starts to grow in your own garden! The class takes place at Luscher Farm in West Linn on Wednesday April 28, from 6–8 pm. Cost is $35 per person, and you can register by clicking HERE.