Slow Food Southwest Washington is hosting its annual dinner and auction at Warehouse ’23 from 5 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 18. Bring your taste buds and your curiosity about local food networks and savor a multi-course meal prepared from Clark County’s abundant farms and world-class chefs. Learn more about the local Slow Food chapter and meet others who love local food and the growers who tend the soil so that it can keep producing delicious, healthy food. The menu reads like a tantalizing paean to food:
- Raw oysters with preserved cranberries and watercress salsa verde
- Duck confit with pickled chanterelles and cold smoked duck breast with savory huckleberry jam served on brown butter-butternut squash crackers
- Rabbit and mushroom sausage, sunchoke purée. and huckleberry whole grain mustard reduction
- Chickory and arugula salad topped with candied squash, beets, hazelnuts, goat cheese and kombucha vinaigrette
- Roasted carrots and delicata squash with smoky romesco
- Collard greens and beets with roasted leek dressing
- Beef with chanterelle confit, huckleberry wine sauce and goat cheese, served with turnip gratin
- Morel mushroom Marsala over roasted chicken, served with cranberry chestnut polenta
- Walnut and bean paté served with farmhouse caponata with pickled apple, sweet pepper, and green tomato
- Honey polenta cake with orchard fruits, cranberry and mascarpone
- Selection of cheeses from Walapa Hills Creamery
All the food has been grown, produced and harvested by Southwest Washington farmers, and prepared by chefs from places as varied as Skamania Lodge, the Clark College Culinary Program, Gather and Feast Farm, Simply Thyme, Rally Pizza, Bleu Door Bakery, and Warehouse ’23. There will be a wine bar featuring local produced fine wines, with beer and cider also available for purchase. The evening’s guest speaker is from Southwest Washington’s leading cheesemaker, Wallapa Hills Creamery. For more information, including a complete list of chefs and farms, visit http://mailchi.mp/ddec2acfe14f/volunteer-wire-1900813. General admission tickets are $95 per person, VIP tickets are $160 and include wine and a pre-event culinary presentation with Champagne, couples are $190, and tables seating 10 are available for $950. For more information or to buy tickets online now, click here.
Attendees will also have a chance to find out more about Clark County Grown, a local organization that is creating a culture of eating locally through marketing and education; Plate to Planet, which works with Clark County youth to explore food heritage, the local food system, food justice, and healthy eating; and Urban Abundance, which rescues fresh, local produce that would otherwise go to waste and gives it to people in need. To learn more about Slow Food Southwest Washington, visit www.slowfoodswwa.com, follow them on Instagram or Twitter, or get regular updates about Slow Food activities and meetings on the Slow Food Southwest Washington Facebook page.