I know you’ve noticed that our state has an incredibly passionate food community. I know you’ve wondered… “who are those titans of the Washington Food System”?  Finally you must have wondered what would it look like if these titan’s of Washington’s edible wonderland were to get together and hold a meeting of the minds in an apple-wood smoke filled room.

On May 4th this happened. That day was an exciting meeting of the Food Day minds; Lilia Smelkova and Hayley Gillooly, with the Washington arm of food day. Washington’s arm of Food Day consisted of leaders and representatives from organizations such as Seattle Tilth, Seattle Farmer’s Markets, Cedar Grove, Cascade Harvest Coalition, PCC, P-Patch, Chef’s Collaborative, Slow Foods, and City Fruit. Not only this but  The Office of the Mayor, Public Health Dept, Seattle Office of Sustainability and Environment, City of Seattle CAGJ, as well as local bloggers, small business owners, non-profits, and universities were all happily and passionately contributing to the planning.

As the meeting progressed threads of ideas were built and a semblance of a Food Day nervous system was created connecting these Washington food institutions.

There were simple yet organic ideas like putting trees in community gardens for a community Food Day harvest and providing urban food walks and hikes;

Ideas connecting our community’s and youth to local chefs through chef/teenager demonstrations, P-Patch dinners, and supervised children’s iron chef competitions;

And there were grand ideas: having a Food Day marquee event at Seattle Center during its 50 year celebration. (wipe your chin, you’re drooling…and if you’re not…wipe your chin anyways).

Of course focusing on the native foods, tribes, and cultures of Washington, in addition to promoting small business by raising awareness of the new Walmart push into local communities, were also important subjects.

An hour had passed and my calls for a short 3 or 4 hour game of Risk went unnoticed as the meeting wore down. But don’t worry, before everyone disbanded a committee was created to oversee the planning and follow-up of these previously mentioned ideas and report back to the Food Day brain that the Washington Food Day arm was building its botanical biceps.

On the Food Day blog our cracked-wheat team will keep you posted on the creation, of Food Day events, promote local food blogs, inform on local food systems, and simply celebrate local healthy foods!

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The Food Day Committee:

Carialta Glen, Sharon Lerman, Martha Childress, Sandy Pernitz, Terri Ann Johnson, Johanna Striar, Smitha Rao, Debs Gardner, and Zachary Lyons.

Written by Travis Bettinson



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Food Day is October 24— in 2011 and in years to come. Food Day seeks to bring together Americans from all walks of life—parents, teachers, and students; health professionals, community organizers, and local officials; chefs, school lunch providers, and eaters of all stripes—to push for healthy, affordable food produced in a sustainable, humane way. We will work with people around the country to create thousands of events in homes, schools, churches, farmers markets, city halls, and state capitals.