Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Livin' in the Blurbs: What's Buzzin'

Who doesn't love an opportunity to stuff your face for a good cause? And don't shake your head at me…you know I'm talking to you! Coming up on April 26th is Share Our Strength's annual Taste of the Nation, where 100% of ticket sales and auction revenues go to benefit local hunger relief agencies working to end childhood hunger. More than 50 of the city’s finest chefs and restaurants will participate in the gastronomic affair, including Accanto, Bluehour, Clarklewis, Nuestra Cocina, Beaker & Flask, Thistle, Genoa, Full Sail, Elk Cove, Argyle and Foris Vineyards. I've been to the event in the past and I can tell you it's quite an extravaganza and well worth the ticket price. Especially for such a good cause!

Bonus: Two tickets to the event will be given away to one reader who sends an e-mail with "Tickets" in the subject line to GoodStuffNW by Monday, April 19. Winner's name will be drawn from a hat and notified by e-mail on April 20.

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And the winner is: GSNW reader Judy Holloway's name was drawn from a hat by Dave, who even closed his eyes to make it official. Congratulations, Judy, and have a great evening at TOTN!

Details: Share Our Strength's Taste of the Nation. Monday, April 26, 6:30-9 pm; $75, tickets available online. Event at Luxe Autohaus, 410 NE 17th Ave. 503-866-0271.

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Portland cook Chris Musser is dedicated to teaching people about saving money by preparing food at home while supporting local food systems. To that end, she created Lost Arts Kitchen and is offering a plethora of great classes for beginning cooks. Some of the titles are Dairy Magic: Yogurt, Neufchatel, Mozzarella and Chevre; Eggs? Eggs! Eggs!?!; and Baking Basics: Sandwich Loaves, Bagels and Crackers. Check the class listings on her website for the full roster with dates and times.

Details: Lost Arts Kitchen Cooking Classes. $40 per class. Upcoming schedule on the website.

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For someone who writes a blog about what's going on in the Northwest, I sometimes feel hopelessly out of touch. For instance, I just found out that the fellow who wrote the Breakfast in Bridgetown book, Paul Gerald, has a weekly podcast called, appropriately enough, Breakfast in Bridgetown. I found this out because he interviewed me recently about what the farmers' markets have to offer in the way of morning goodness, which he handled in an engaging (and occasionally humorous) way. And the podcasts he's done with other folks are very interesting, so check them out! (The one about farmers' markets should be posted around April 16th, but I'll keep you updated.)

Details: Breakfast in Bridgetown with Paul Gerald. Fridays at 1 pm on PDX.FM to listen live or available online any time.

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