the second dinner: a thanksgiving meal, of sorts…
The Thanksgiving season is one of my absolute favorite times of the year. The weather may be getting a bit colder and darker up here in Seattle, but I love that beautiful spirit of warmth that permeates this season.
Lately, we’ve been thinking a lot about the growing crisis of hunger in the United States (not to mention the persistent food crises in many parts of the world). Two more articles in the mainstream press highlighted the issue this week:
We contacted a small group of folks who agreed to get together to raise a bit of money to help with this situation locally. Now that the dust has settled from a whirlwind Thanksgiving week, I’m happy to share that we were able to put on the second fishes+loaves dinner, raising funds for Northwest Harvest. For those of you who might not be familiar with them, Northwest Harvest is a state-wide hunger relief agency here in Washington that supplies 18 million pounds of food annually to almost 300 partner food banks and meal programs.
I’m in the process of tabulating the direct contributions and any corporate matching that applied to individual gifts, but it looks like we were able to raise roughly $600 between the eight participants in this meal. Just like last time, I’ll provide a complete breakdown of costs of the meal and actual funds contributed to charity in a separate post.
For now, I just want to share the menu and a few of the pictures taken by a ridiculously gifted local photographer who graciously volunteered his services for the night in exchange for a bit of food. I can only hope the food tasted half as good as the pictures look.
shaved fennel salad, apple, beet, parmesan, crouton
romanesco cauliflower, bagna càuda
riccioli, parsley pesto broth, local mussels
18-hour braised short rib, parsnip, jerusalem artichoke, chanterelle, sage
chocolate cake, molly moon vivace, lace cookie
In some later posts, I’ll also do some write ups of the local products we featured as well as maybe a recipe or two that really worked. For now, I just want to say a special thanks to each of the diners who generously contributed money directly to Northwest Harvest, and to the two volunteers who provided their time and talents for this meal.
~ by jak on November 28, 2008.