It’s weird to post about something that is such a normal part of my every day life. It’s difficult to jazz such intimate concepts up for a reader…but it would be wrong not to post about the incredible weekend I had with Slow Food-UW last weekend. Here goes.
A three-year-old vision came to life when Slow Food friend Tori and I were guest chef’s at Slow Food’s weekly Monday Family Dinner Night. The flagship project of Slow Food-UW and an event that regularly draws crowds of over 100, Family Dinner Night is an informal restaurant setting led by team of interns, their volunteers, and the guest chefs. For just $5 a plate, students and community members enjoy a full meal cooked by anyone from a local high-profile chef to Slow Food’s own leaders, as was the case this week. Our menu: absurdly addictive asparagus salad, spicy tomato baked eggs, crispy salt and pepper french toast, big crumb rhubarb coffee cake.
Prep work for the Monday dinner started Saturday, when Tori and I ventured to the first outdoor farmers’ market of the season with interns Lauren and Leia to locate our goods. The interns proceeded to the local co-op to purchase the remaining items. 40 bundles of asparagus, 10 pounds of rhubarb and 20 dozen eggs, coming right up.
Sunday was prep day: making bread from scratch and dicing salad vegetables for 120 diners are no last minute chores.
Monday: More prep, cooking, and serving time!
Talk about a foodie’s dream weekend! Slow Food-UW has added so much to my college experience–I should be writing a novel of gratitude and not a blog post. I can’t imagine what I would have done without these people…and without so much good slow food.