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(article, Kim Carlson)
On the evening of December 1, Culinate will sponsor an event that we're all excited about: the Local Flavors Dinner with Deborah Madison. Held here in Portland, the dinner is a benefit for Slow Food in Schools, a program that directly supports school gardens and nutrition education. (For more about Slow Food's link to school gardens, head over to Linda Colwell's Opinion piece on the subject.) The family-style dinner, much of it donated by local purveyors and prepared by area chefs, will take place at the University of Portland's Terrace Room. UP is an institution that places a high value on sustainable and local foods, and we're grateful to our friends at Bon Appétit, the food service at UP, for steering us toward this facility. [%image "promo-image" float=left width=350 caption="The Local Flavors Dinner with Deborah Madison will raise money for Portland school gardens."] As part of the evening, Culinate columnist and longtime local-food advocate Deborah Madison and other guests — including Paul Johnson, author of the excellent seafood resource Fish Forever, farmer Anthony Boutard, and former restaurateur, chef, and cookbook author Cory Schreiber — will engage in a moderated (and no doubt lively) discussion about supporting local foodsheds and the importance of helping children learn more about the sources of their food. There will also be a silent auction and other merriment. If you'd like to attend this dinner, more details are available. Portlanders — or anyone who's in town the weekend of December 1 — we hope to see you there.