"Local Flavors" benefit with Deborah Madison

(text, James Berry)

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p(blue). The December 2007 benefit was SOLD OUT and was a great success and very fun. Thanks for all your support and that of our sponsors and contributors listed below.
Also . . . congratulations to Portland area resident Pat Taylor who won a pair of tickets to this dinner by registering as a Culinate user this week.
Also, please consider a donation to the school-garden programs if you were unable to attend; see below for links.

Join Culinate and noted author and chef Deborah Madison for a Portland, Oregon, dinner that matches family-style dining with a discussion of the local-food movement. All proceeds from the dinner will benefit school gardens and nutrition education in the Portland Public Schools. 

“Feeding our minds, our bodies, and our children” is the theme of the “Local Flavors” dinner that will take place Saturday, December 1, at the University of Portland’s Terrace Room.

Hosted by Culinate, in association with Slow Food Portland, the evening’s menu will be provided by local chefs Cathy Whims, of Nostrana; Piper Davis, of Grand Central Baking Company; Ellen Jackson, former pastry chef at Park Kitchen and Higgins; Monique Siu, of Castagna; Scott Dolich, of Park Kitchen; and others, including local wineries and producers. 

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“This dinner will reinforce the positive impact that school gardens and education can have on food awareness and health choices — not only for our children, but for our community as a whole,” explains Kim Carlson, editorial director and co-founder of Culinate.

Proceeds from the evening will go to Slow Food Portland's Slow Food in Schools committee to help fund garden-education programs in Portland Public Schools. There'll also be a silent auction featuring garden tools and supplies, signed copies of cookbooks (including a complete autographed set of all of Madison's works), and gifts from local artists and restaurants.

Madison, a longtime advocate of the local-food movement, will lead a panel discussion on local- and sustainable-food awareness and choices. Other guests include Anthony Boutard, from Ayers Creek Farm, Paul Johnson, author of Fish Forever, and founder of the Monterey Fish Market in San Francisco, and Cory Schreiber, founder of Wildwood Restaurant. 

h4.Event details

The dinner will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, December 1, 2007, in the Terrace Room at the University of Portland. (located at the west end of building #18, The Commons on campus map.)

Please be aware that tickets are only available at the online Slow Food links below.

For ticket reservations, follow one of these links:

p(blue). We are currently all SOLD OUT and don't anticipate any additional tickets to come available.  The link below will work only if individual tickets are available:

p(red). Individual Tickets - $100 each

If the above link does not work anymore, you can be wait listed for tickets by sending an email to -- if we confirm that any become available, we will contact wait listed people on a first come, first serve basis.  Please also consider a tax-deductible donation to the school garden program using the links below

If you are unable to attend, please consider making a cash donation via one of these links:
Gardener's Helper tax-deductible donation - $50
Grounds Keeper tax-deductible donation - $100
Master Gardener tax-deductible donation - $250 

Your donations are greatly appreciated and will go to help school gardens and nutritional education in Portland area schools.


For more information, or to ask about table/event sponsorships and donations, please contact Mark Douglas at, or call 503-916-1777.

h5.Our special thanks for the generous support of the following sponsors:
Bon Appétit Management Company,  Casa Bruno LLC, Castagna, CircleTriangleSquare, Deschutes Brewing Company, Esque Studio, Grand Central Baking Company, Hot Lips Pizza,  House Spirits Distillery, McDonald-Jacobs, Nau, Nostrana, Moonstruck Chocolate Co., Olsen Family Vineyards, OXO, Park Kitchen, Pastaworks, Portland Columbia Symphony, Portland Monthly, Slow Food, SkylarHaley ESSN,,  Willamette Wine Storage, and Willamette Valley Vineyards.

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