Harvest Dinner 2015 – what a night!

Over 150 people attended the 6th annual Harvest Dinner on Thursday, October 29!

AmeriCorps Food Educators worked hard early in the week to harvest vegetables that had been grown by kids in school gardens. On the day of the event, they worked with volunteers, kids, and community members to prepare four different dishes: sweet kale salad, butternut squash & beet soup, roasted root vegetables, and apple crisp. We were lucky enough to have some local chefs helping us out as well.

Kale salad Kids & volunteer cooking

While root vegetables and apple crisp sizzled and soup simmered, kids and their families spent some time at the popular arts & crafts table. A number of kids also got their face painted at this table – a huge hit! Some guests braved the rain and went on a tour of the Whatcom Middle School garden and greenhouse, led by our board member Tom.  And other families and community members sat listening to Wild Ginger playing some great music while visiting with new and old friends.

People in greenhouse on tour mom & daughter eating

Dinner was served, followed by some brief stories shared by our Food Educators about the impact of food education on kids that they see in their day-to-day experiences.  And finally, the Community Food Co-op’s Real Food Show finished up the night with an incredible entertaining performance. Kids and adults alike were entranced by the informative and funny show.

Woman speaking at event Two performers, one juggling

Thanks to everyone who made it out to the Harvest Dinner! What a great evening. We can’t wait for next year!

A special thanks goes out to:

  • the many volunteers who helped put on the event
  • the kids, teachers, & families at local schools for growing the delicious produce
  • Uprising Seeds for donating extra produce for the meal (and a number of our seeds!)
  • the Chef’s Collective for helping with cooking
  • Whatcom Middle School for hosting (especially Jeff and Sheri and Nancy!)
  • Wild Ginger for the lovely dinner music
  • the Community Food Co-op for the entertaining Real Food Show
  • all of Common Threads’ supporters for making events like this possible

For more photos, visit this Facebook album.