Cheers!

This year’s annual potluck was a great success, made all the richer by your delicious dishes and warm company. Slow Food Portland has had a strong year of involvement in our local food community and has traveled to share these experiences with others both nationally and around the globe. As we enter a new year, we hope to capitalize on these community networks and broaden the outreach for our message of good, clean, and fair food.

In keeping with Slow Food USA’s new emphasis on food justice and youth engagement, it was a privilege to hold this year’s potluck at p:ear, an organization truly on the forefront of creative assistance for homeless youth. While they are still settling into their new space in Old Town, the team at p:ear has hit the ground running with a new food program that seeks to teach their program participants about healthy foods and basic cooking skills. Already, a handful of Slow Food Portland members have volunteered their time and cooked with the kids, but there are many ways to get involved with p:ear, including donating home-cooked meals, fresh produce, and ingredients; or opening up your food business, restaurant, or farm for a tour. If you are interested in learning more about this chance, call your fellow Slow Food member (and p:ear Program and Development staffer) Sarah Dougher at 503-228-6677, or email sarah@pearmentor.org.

Looking ahead to 2009, the Slow Food Portland Steering Committee wants to hear from you, our members, about programming ideas for the coming year. Let us know about what kinds of events you’d like to see more of, how you’d like to get involved, and your ideas for groups and ideas that would broaden Slow Food’s audience. As the movement for sustainable and delicious food systems grows in strength, our community grows even more important. Please share your thoughts with us and make sure to support your local growers, restaurants and food artisans this holiday season.

An unexpected guest that arrived with the greenery at the year’s potluck!

For more photos of the potluck and other events, visit Slow Food Portland’s Flickr page.

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