Nothing sloughs off the snow-drift doldrums quite like stepping into your kitchen clogs and rolling up your sleeves. Whether you’re cracking open a new cookbook for some mid–winter baking or reading aloud an ode to Orange Roughy, celebrate your favorite ingredients at these food loving book events.
Whole Grain Mornings with Megan Gordon
Upgrade your granola cred at these book signing demonstrations with Seattle–based author Megan Gordon. In addition to her recently published book, Whole Grain Mornings, Gordon has been churning out small batch granola with Marge Granola since 2010.
• Watch Gordon whip up some crunchy granola goodness and take some home yourself at this sweet signing and demonstration hosted by Pages to Plate pop–up culinary event series.
When: Saturday, Feb 23rd, 10 –11:30 am?
Where: Baker and Spice, 6306 SW Capitol Hwy
How Much: $20 per person. Price includes a copy of Whole Grain Mornings. Call 503-546-3737 to reserve your spot.
• Taste Tabor Bread's loaves, Bee Local Honey, Straus Family Creamery, and Marge Granola (and bake some whole grain millet cookies and granola with Megan Gordon) at this Portland Culinary Alliance hosted demonstration.
When: Sunday, Feb 23rd, 3:30 pm
Where: Tabor Bread, 5051 SE Hawthorne Blvd
How Much: $30 per member, $45 for non–members. Score your ticket online.
Fisherpoets Gathering in Astoria
Pack the car—and your poems—for an unforgettable weekend that could only happen in Astoria, Oregon at the 17th annual Fisherpoets Gathering. Fishermen and women from across North America gather every February to swap tall tales, poetry, and songs with fellow fish-schlepping lyricists. Portland’s own fisherwoman and zine veteran Moe Bowstern will be reading her punchy prose poems along with fisherpoet and Eugene native Cary Jones. For those not content to sit back and listen, participate in one of a number of open mic opportunities sprinkled throughout the weekend, tour Astoria’s Hanthom Cannery (the oldest cannery on the Columbia), or join in a workshop like “The Didliest Catch”, a songwriting intensive taught by folk musician John Palmes.
When: All day, Friday thru Saturday, Feb 21-23
Where: Several venues in downtown Astoria, OR
How Much: $15 for admission all weekend long. Buttons are available at each performance venue one hour before readings begin.
During this event sponsored by Edible Portland, food lovers will listen to essayist Kristin Ohlson chronicle the troubling events that led to today’s poorly nourished soil—and hear her case for how to revitalize our dirt. Learn about soil quality's impact on climate change and a litany of problems like drought, erosion, pollution, and food quality. In response, Ohlson asks readers to enrich soil quality, “our great green hope”, and backs her plea with accounts from scientists, landscapers, farmers, and ranchers, each approaching soil degradation through their unique perspective.
When: Thursday, March 27th, 7:30 pm
Where: Powell’s City of Books, 1005 Burnside St
How Much: Free. For more information, call Powell’s at 503-228-4651
• For those who feel empowered to take soil quality into their own hands—whether for the sake of the planet or for their summer tomatoes— check out West Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation’s Soil School. Examine your own soil and learn about soil structure, texture, and composition from OSU’s soil scientist James Cassidy.
When: Saturday, April 5th, 8 am—2 pm
Where: Lewis & Clark College
How Much: $30 per person