05 October 2010

Around the Community–October Events

ffflogoFood and Farm Forum
Wednesday, 10/6  6–8:30pm
Lucky Lab Brewing Co.
915 SE Hawthorne, Portland

A free and public event sponsored by Friends of Family Farmers and OSALT, designed to give you an opportunity to talk directly to House District candidates about what you think they need to know about food and agriculture. There will be a meet and greet followed by an opportunity to discuss food and agriculture issues with House Representative Mitch Greenlick. This event will allow you to highlight your concerns and thoughts, and to hear from the candidates where they stand on these issues. More info>>


The Open Kitchen Series
Saturday, 10/9 @ 7pm & 10/16 @ 6pm
Abby’s Table, 609 SE Ankeney

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The Open Kitchen is a new weekly food series that brings together local chefs, local food, and local movers and shakers in the food and health industry.  With a new theme and chef every week, The Open Kitchen links delicious, gourmet food with an engaging discussion with the local food artisans who created the food on the plate. Local food, local fun, and a local education: The Open Kitchen will break down the barriers between eater, kitchen, and food producer. The Open Kitchen series kicks off on Saturday, October 9th with a beautiful, seasonal 4 course meal relating to the fall phase in the Chinese Five Phase Theory, and a brief presentation and discussion with National College of Natural Medicine professor Dr. Haosheng Zhang, an acupuncturist, Chinese doctor, and expert in Chinese Five Phase Theory. The following week features Chef Bree Rostan, whose hands-on instruction will teach you how to get the most out of your chicken–from breaking it down, cooking each part perfectly, and serving it all up in a delicious multi-course meal. More info>>

All About Fruit Show 2010
Sat-Sun, 10/9-10/10 10am-4pm
Washington County Fairplex

873 NE 34th Avenue, Hillsboro

Learn about growing your own delicious, local, organic and economical fruit. Get advise on selecting, growing, pruning and harvesting fruit trees in your own yard Hundreds of varieties of pear, apple, grapes, quince & more to see & taste. Order your favorites for your own orchard! Speakers, Pie Baking Contest, Largest Fruit Contest, Apple Peeling Contest, Raffle Prizes. Free admission with new membership to Home Orchard Society. Member admission $4.00 per person or $8.00 per family. Non-member admission $6.00 per person or $10.00 per family. More info>>


Fall Planting and Cover Cropping
Saturday, 10/9 10am-12pm
Zenger Farm, 11741 SE Foster Rd.

There’s still time to squeeze a last round of greens into our gardens, and October is the month to plant garlic for harvest next summer! We also want to continue promoting the long-term fertility of our soil through the winter by befriending cover crops. Clover and rye can provide the essential roles of smothering weeds, suppressing pests and disease, and protecting soil surface and structure. We’ll look at considerations for selecting a cover crop and discuss the practice of undersowing alongside other vegetables. Class fee $20. More info>>


InFARMation (and Beer!)
Tuesday, 10/12  5:30-8:30pm
Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison

Friends of Family Farmers hosts InFARMation (and Beer!) each month to bring the issues that Oregon family farmers face onto the radar of urban consumers, and the community in general. This month: My Bank Made Me Quit Farming. Oregon farmers Teresa Retzlaff and Packy Coleman of 46 North Farm have put together a presentation about the barriers they faced as farmers trying to get a mortgage on a house while listing “farmers” as their occupation, despite having a successful farm business on leased land already.  Additionally, Severine von Tscharner Fleming of the Greenhorns will speak about her organization’s efforts to work on access to capital issues for farmers at the federal level. More info>>


Pickling Fall Vegetables
Wednesday, 10/13, 6-8:30pm
Zenger Farm, 11741 SE Foster Rd

Create beautiful, preserved vegetables following the time honored practice of preserving the harvest in a vinegar base. The crisp, tangy results make a great addition to relish trays, salads or Bloody Marys. In this class, participants will learn all the basics you need to know for successfully canning pickled vegetables at home. Each participant will take home a jar of pickled vegetables and all the knowledge necessary to create delicious, beautiful pickled beets, carrots or other fall vegetables for the holiday table. Class fee is $40. More info>>


Oregon Mycological Society’s Fall Mushroom Show
Sunday, 10/17 12-5pm
Cheatham Hall, World Forestry Center
4033 SW Canyon Rd.  Portland

The Oregon Mycological Society offers activities and educational opportunities for its members to study, collect and identify edible and non-edible fungi, and to learn how to gather and enjoy edible mushrooms safely. Their Fall Mushroom Show showcases edible and non-edible Pacific Northwest mushroom specimens and offers cultivation kits, books, crafts and art for sale at the show. More info>>


fermentfestSecond Annual Portland Fermentation Festival
Wednesday, 10/20  6-8pm
Ecotrust’s Billy Frank Jr. Conference Center
721 NW 9th Ave. Portland

Come celebrate pickling season at the Second Annual Portland Fermentation Festival at Ecotrust. Taste and share homemade live, fermented food and drinks made by professionals and home fermentation enthusiasts at the event that brought out more than 500 attendees last year. Talk to fellow fermenters, exchange cultures and recipes, get advice from local food fermentation enthusiasts, and sample everything from sour pickles, miso and kefir to cheese, hard cider, and mead. More info>>.

Preserving for the Holidays
Wednesday, 10/20, 6-8:30pm
Zenger Farm, 11741 SE Foster Rd.

Homemade gifts from the kitchen are personal and satisfying way to spread holiday cheer. In this hands-on class, participants will learn a variety of methods and recipes for preserving Oregon’s beautiful fall fruits and vegetables for outstanding gifts or additions to the holiday table. We’ll cover it all- the basics you need to know for successful canning at home, effective techniques for drying, and creative ideas for packaging homemade gifts-and each participant will go home with samples. Class fee is $40. More info>>


Oktoberfest at the Heathman
Thursday, 10/21 6-10pm
Heathman Restaurant, 1001 SW Broadway

Prost!  Raise your beer stein and celebrate Oktoberfest to help raise a roof for Habitat for Humanity Portland/Metro East. Tickets are $75 ($85 the day of the event) and include a selection of microbrews from Full Sail Brewing, wine from Westrey Wine Co., and traditional Alsace and German cuisine prepared by Heathman Hotel Culinary Director Philippe Boulot, as well as live music and a live auction. To register or for more info>>


6th Annual Great American Distillers Fest
Sat-Sun 10/23-10/24  11am-7pm
Tiffany Center Emerald Ballroom

1410 SW Morrison St. Portland

Join this annual celebration of craft distilleries from across the United States. Taste some of the country’s most interesting spirits, learn about everything from whiskey to gin and meet distillers one on one at the premier gathering of craft distillers in the country. The festival also happens in conjunction with the Portland Cocktail Invitational, a live competition sponsored by the Oregon Bartenders Guild and Imbibe Magazine and featuring some of the country’s most talented bartenders vying for a $1000 cash prize. More info>>