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Localvore Brunch, 4/03

RAFT tomatoes 2010

RAFT tomatoes 2010

Celebrate maple season with a Localvore Brunch and Heirloom Seed Plant-In! Slow Food Seacoast is partnering with the Tidewater Waldorf School to bring you a delicious truly local meal and activities for all ages.

EVENT: Localvore Brunch and Heirloom Seed Plant-In
DATE: Sunday, April 3, 2011
TIME: 11 am–2 pm
PLACE: Kittery Lions Club, 17 State Road, Kittery, ME
COST: $12/adult (Slow Food USA members $10); $5/child under 12

Tapping maple trees at Tidewater Waldorf School

Tapping maple trees at Tidewater Waldorf School

Volunteers are needed on the day of the event! If you are interested and available during any of the following times, please send us an e-mail with “I want to volunteer” in the subject line. Tell us when you’re available to help, and include your phone number and the best time to contact you. Thanks!

10:00am–11:00 am: Set up tables and chairs; prep food
11:00 am–12:30 pm: Cook and serve food
12:30 pm  – 2:00pm: Cook and serve food
2:00pm –3:00 pm: Clean up kitchen and hall

Support family farms at TuttleFest, 3/19

tuttlesredbarn

For 379 years, the Seacoast community has supported Tuttle’s Farm in Dover, NH—the oldest continually operating family farm in America—but the Tuttles are ready to pass the reins. They’ve enlisted the help of the New Hampshire Institute of Agriculture and Forestry (NHIAF) to help put the farm into the hands of those who will both respect the history and tradition of the land and shepherd it into the future.

On March 19 from 12 noon to 9 pm, NHIAF and Tuttle’s Red Barn will host TuttleFest: a day dedicated to supporting and celebrating the tradition of small family farms. Food from the Seacoast will be served up to the accompaniment of live local bands; llama rides and other child-friendly activities will engage the next generation in local agriculture, up close and personal!

Many local organizations will be represented at TuttleFest—including the Green Alliance and some of its business partners. Come join the fun while raising money and awareness about the importance of family farms to their communities, in the Seacoast and beyond.

DATE: March 19, 2011

TIME: 12 noon–9 pm

PLACE: Tuttle’s Farm, 151 Dover Point Rd., Dover, NH

FEE: $10/adult, $5/student, $5/Green Alliance member; children free!

MORE INFO: Call NHIAF at 603-534-5292, send an email to NHIAF, or visit the Tuttle’s Red Barn website.

Fishtival Is Coming!

Last year saw the first of what has become an annual event: The NH Fish & Lobster Festival (fondly referred to as “Fishtival”). The number of attendees at the inaugural event blew away all projections, so this year’s organizers are gearing up for an even bigger and better day of celebrating our local fisheries and fisherpeople.

The day’s events will feature the popular seafood tastings (freshly-landed local seafood prepared by Seacoast chefs)  along with games, music and more. Tour a local fishing boat, learn how to identify and prepare local fish, watch an on-location cook-off competition, investigate the Gulf of Maine ecosystem, sing a song, and hear a tale or two.

2009-fishtival-fishermen

The fishercrew at the 2009 Fishtival.

WHAT: NH Fish & Lobster Festival

WHEN: Saturday, September 25, 12 noon to 4 pm

WHERE: Prescott Park, Portsmouth

COST: Admission and educational activities are free; pay for tastings

MORE INFO: NH Fish & Lobster Festival on the Prescott Park website.

VOLUNTEERS: If you’d like to volunteer for the 2010 event, see what’s needed and register online using this nifty form created with Google docs! Or, email the NH Fish & Lobster Festival organizers to receive further instructions.

Coming soon: The meaning of RAFT

Photo: Chefs Collaborative

Photo: Chefs Collaborative

This September, Slow Food Seacoast is planning an exciting and elegant educational component to the Renewing America’s Food Traditions (RAFT) Heirloom Harvest Barn Dinner to demonstrate what RAFT really means and why it’s an important initiative. Our hope is that diners will take away from this fabulous fine-dining experience a full tummy, a contented smile, and an appreciation of not only what RAFT is but also what it means.

The goal is to bring each diner’s attention back from the plate to the chefs in the kitchen, to the farmers in the field, and to those who have come before as a way of connecting the dining experience to the significance of the “at-risk” produce varieties featured in the RAFT Alliance and, hence, on the Barn Dinner menu.

Diners approaching the barn at Meadow’s Mirth/Berry Hill Farm for the 4 pm cocktail hour will be greeted by tables displaying the very RAFT varieties that will grace their dinner plates an hour later. They can learn where those produce were grown and by whom, why those produce are historically interesting or significant, and who will be preparing that food for the dinner. RAFT seeds also will be available as give-aways to attendees, who can learn how to save the seeds from one year’s harvest for the next year’s planting—which is not only a frugal practice but also an essential step in preserving the best heirloom varieties.

In the barn, displays will illustrate the many connections underlying the dinner. They will feature photos of the 2010 RAFT Grow-Out farmers, chefs, and produce varieties, accompanied by relevant quotes (from farmers and chefs) as well as descriptions and the significance (historical, agricultural, and gastronomical) of the varieties to us New Englanders. In other words, why have people in New England bothered to save these seeds, grow these crops, eat these foods … then start the process all over again for generations? And in this so-called modern age, why should we continue to do so?

Slow Food Seacoast and co-organizers of the Heirloom Harvest Barn Dinner are excited to collaborate on this project and look forward to making the event successful in so many ways! Visit the Heirloom Harvest Barn Dinner page for event details and purchase your tickets.

Cooking Classes on Star Island, 9/13-17

Via Cooking on a Star:

Cooking Up History: A Seat at the Islander’s Table

Courtesy Cooking on a Star

Photo courtesy Cooking on a Star

Don’t miss this marvelous culinary adventure! Join Chef Patrice Gerard for an epicurean journey. Enjoy an abundance of edible wisdom and savory fare. The freshest seasonal local ingredients grace our table. The scent of delicious baked goods will sweeten the atmosphere. Our Shoals historian shares lore and legends. Rejuvenate, explore and cook up a memorable experience!

WHEN: Monday–Wednesday, Sept. 13–15, 2010

WHERE: Star Island, 10 miles east of Portsmouth Harbor, one of the Isles of Shoals; sail on the Thomas Laighton out of Portsmouth Harbor

CONTACT & MORE INFO: Email Susan Wallack, (603) 828-3503

Cooking Up Comfort: Goodness and Well-Being from the Kitchen

Appealing and wholesome comfort food is our flavorful focus. Join Chef Patrice Gerard in creating dishes to nourish both body and spirit. Much-loved classics made both delicious and nutritious. The aromas, colors, textures, and taste of familiar ingredients will engage all of our senses as we prepare the recipes. The “demystifying” of how simple components comprise well-made food will increase your sense of competence and confidence in the kitchen. This will be a fun, interactive and delicious experience!

With wellness in mind, using fresh local ingredients we’ll spread our table with regional, seasonal favorites. Enjoy just from the oven treats!

WHEN: Wednesday–Friday, Sept. 15–17, 2010

WHERE: Star Island, 10 miles east of Portsmouth Harbor, one of the Isles of Shoals; sail on the Thomas Laighton out of Portsmouth Harbor

CONTACT & MORE INFO: Email Susan Wallack, (603) 828-3503