January 2009

January 18, 2009

We thank Heather Ruskievicz, owner & baker of Heather’s Fairy Tale Bakery  for hosting us today!

Present: Rick Misterly, Scott & Maureen Harlow, *Rori Draper, Norman & Kristen Six, Joe & Cheryl Barreca, *Joel and Jan Green, Marianne Watkins, *Amy Lentz, Nanci Mitchell, Jay & Janice Berube, David King & Leslie Mann, *Heather Ruskievicz, Al Kowitz & Evelyn Florio, Bob & Shelly Berryman, Chris Loggers & Kathy Ahlenslager, *Carl & Aileen Bach. *Guests

•    The meeting was called to order by Lesley at 3:20pm.
•    Al opened the meeting with a review of the Slow Food philosophy and reviewed our chapter’s activities in 2008 (printed for distribution).
•    Maureen reported on the 2008 Slow Food Congress and Slow Food Nation event in San Francisco (printed for distribution).

New business
Jan 24 & 25: Chefs on the Farm Dinner_”A Taste in Six Courses” at Lovitt Restaurant is SOLD OUT! Recipes from the book’s winter menu will be served: Ricotta Gnocchi, Sibley Squash, Pears and Sage; Cured Beef Tongue, Chervil and Sweet Onion Salad;  Baby Beet Hash;  Pork Belly with Poached Egg; Quillisascut Cassoulet and Coffee Toffee  Bread Pudding with Cajeta Sauce. The cost is $50 + tax / $75 for two w/ 1 book + tax.  Another dinner may be offered in the future to feature another season.
Mar 31: “Red Gold” Screening at Lovitt Restaurant – FREE event! $1 for popcorn. Limited space so email lovittrestaurant@yahoo.com or call 684-5444 to reserve your seat.  Al is writing an article for the NW Monthly to promote this film about the plight of wild salmon and the Pebble Creek Mine in Prudhoe Bay, Alaska.

Apr 12: RAFT Transplanting Party & Potluck – We need VOLUNTEERS to commit to help transplant tomatoes and pepper plants at the Garden Gate Nursery; potluck to follow. Email akowitz@communityagcenter.org to sign up.  We also NEED as many 4-inch pots that you can spare! Bring them to the transplanting pot luck.  Garden Gate Nursery is donating the potting soil.

May 9-10: Garden Gate Nursery’s Mother’s Day Sale – RAFT plant Sale – Sign up w/ akowitz@communityagcenter.org to sell the plants you transplanted and educate others about RAFT.

May ?: Mushroom Foray – The group agreed to continue collaboration w/ Friends of Little Pend Oreille Wildlife Refuge to do this community activity.  Maureen and Janice volunteered to do another food demo.  Al will contact Friends of LPOWR; Maureen will let mycologist, Jim Groth know we’re interested.

Slow Food Youth program scholarship proposal: Members voted to provide a $300 scholarship to local (Stevens and Ferry Cty) young people, age 18-29yrs old to participate in a workshop at the Quillisascut Farm School on Aug 6-10.  A screening committee will review applications: Al, Kristen, Leslie and Cheryl volunteered.  Promotion: Maureen and Shelley volunteered to work together on promoting this locally.

Slow Food Board:  Contact loralea1@centurytel.net or lmanndking@ultraplix.com with nominations for officers so we can vote at the next meeting.  Maureen did the agenda, printed reports and took notes this time but we need a Secretary for future meetings.

Program / activities committee: We need volunteers to develop fundraisers or events for the rest of the year.  Contact loralea1@centurytel.net to pitch in!
Some ideas for 2009:
1)    Farmers’ Market booth
2)    Food demonstrations
3)    Cookbook
4)    Collaborate w/ other groups
5)    Need YOUR ideas!

Closing: Al closed the meeting by thanking Heather (who also donated a delicious raspberry torte for the potluck), then each member described what they prepared for our gathering.  What a feast!!
Norman: charcuterie platter w/ pickled scapes, prosciutto & crostini
Al: Thai tofu red curry
Maureen: Mulligatawny soup w/ basmati rice
Janice: cheese-spinach torta
Shelly: fresh berry salad and their own pressed apple cider
Lesley: vegetable salad w/ apples w/ pecans
Chris: liver & onions
Amy: baked vegetable trian
Marianne: persimmon cake w/ vanilla sauce & dried cherries
My apologies — I know I’m missing some dishes: I couldn’t keep up! I know there was little left to take home!
**Evelyn suggested that everyone bring their recipes to the next meeting so we can begin a collection of your homemade dishes for a cookbook.

Feb 15: Our next potluck meeting will be at the Quillisascut Farm School at 3:00pm.  Bring your ideas, recipes & another favorite potluck dish.

Respectfully submitted,
Maureen Harlow