On Friday evening, November 14th, 2008, Slow Food invites the public to a 100-Mile Thanksgiving Potluck Dinner at the Portsmouth Pearl, 45 Pearl Street, Portsmouth, NH, from 6:00-9:30 PM. Slow Food Seacoast will serve up locally raised roasted turkeys from Kellie Brook Farm in Greenland, NH and present a fun program featuring speakers, music, and information from organizations working toward a sustainable, healthy and affordable regional food supply for everyone.
In this “learn by eating” event, participants are invited to bring potluck dishes featuring at least one ingredient grown or raised within 100 miles of home. Guest speakers from farmers to food writers will give short talks on the history and lore of the familiar Turkey Day dinner, and share hints, sources and methods for planning your own hometown harvest celebration. How did the classics – turkey, cranberries, pumpkin pie – end up with a permanent place on our Thanksgiving menus? Why is Thanksgiving a perfect time to celebrate New England agriculture? Where can a home cook find the makings of a local Thanksgiving meal? We’ll explore all these topics and more to provide new inspiration for your holiday table. Seacoast Eat Local will be present to share information about their upcoming Holiday Farmer’s Markets, timed just right to stock up on fresh, locally grown foods for special dinners.
“Historically, the majority of our food came from within 100 miles of our kitchens,” says John Forti, co-leader of Slow Food Seacoast and Curator of Historic Landscapes at Strawbery Banke Museum. “Today, less than 6% of our agricultural products come from NH — some might say a dangerously low percentage. This Slow Food Seacoast event offers us a chance to meet the pleasant and worthwhile challenge of cooking from fresh ingredients sourced locally. Truly something to be thankful for!”
And the sharing of the bounty won’t stop at the table. Money raised from admission donations will help the UNH Cornucopia Food Pantry distribute “Baskets of Hope,” holiday baskets featuring delicious produce fresh from local farms. Funds from 100-Mile Thanksgiving will purchase food directly at local holiday farmer’s markets. UNH students will assemble baskets on the spot and deliver them in time for needy residents’ holiday meals.
Slow Food Seacoast’s 100-mile Thanksgiving, November 14th 2008
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