Readers of my blog know that the Co-op has partnered with Sustainable Connections for the Eat Local First! campaign. Last week we co-sponsored an event with Village Books and Sustainable Connections to benefit the Co-op’s Farm Fund (Frances Moore Lappé, author of Diet for a Small Planet came to town to promote her book EcoMind: Challenging the Way We Think to Create the World We Want with a reception at the Leopold Ballroom) and this week we are having an Eat Local BBQ at the Cordata Co-op.
Even if the weather doesn’t fully cooperate, it should still be a really fun event. We’ll have beef or veggie kabobs (the grass-fed beef is from Matheson Farms in Bellingham and the veggies are local too!), grilled local corn on the cob (with flavorful butter choices, also local), local grilled greens or salad, and peach iced tea with Okanogan Farmer’s Co-op peaches. We’ll also have local music, provided by Pretty Little Feet, an acoustic duo that plays old-timey American music and are a lot of fun.
There will also be a few local authors at the BBQ sampling recipes from their cookbook or blog. Seattle author Debra Daniels-Zeller will be here sampling a recipe from her book The Northwest Vegetarian Cookbook (she also writes a great blog called Food Connections, and I have blogged about one of her recipes from her cookbook). Local blogger Nancy Ging (Whatcom Locavore) will also be here sampling a recipe from her blog. Her blog is a great place to get ideas and recipes for eating local in Whatcom County year-round. And it wouldn’t be complete without Bellingham author and nutritionist Tom Malterre of The Whole Life Nutrition Cookbook fame. He and his wife Ali collaborated on the cookbook and also write an informative blog with many recipes not found in the cookbook. Jennifer Hahn, local author, blogger and WWU Fairhaven College professor may also be here promoting her book Pacific Feast: A Cook’s Guide to West Coast Foraging and Cuisine. Foraging is looking to be the next big foodie trend, so stop by to pick up a copy. We will also have the supplemental material to the book available – The Pacific Coast Foraging Guide, which is a pocket-reference guide for quick identification of wild foods.
So stop by the Cordata Co-op tomorrow – not only will it be educational, but it will be local-icious as well!