“Sustainable” is the September watchword in Spokane, but where does one start? Consider the food on your plate.
Sustainable September, a monthlong series of events sponsored by Community-Minded Enterprises, includes several events just for locavores.
The series kicks off today with a luncheon at the Masonic Center, 1108 W. Riverside Ave. It’s not too late for tickets to enjoy lunch made from local foods by chef Jeremy Hansen of Santé Restaurant and Charcuterie. He’ll also talk about his commitment to farm-to-table foods.
Mayor Mary Verner will give a speech and Kevin Danaher, founder of Global Exchange, is the keynote speaker. Come a bit early for tickets at the door, which are $35.
A complete listing of Sustainable September events can be found at www.sustainableseptemberspokane.org. Here are some of the other local food-related events:
Friday – Authors of the cookbook “Fishes and Dishes: Seafood Recipes and Salty Stories from Alaska’s Commercial Fisherwomen” will host a reading and salmon deboning demonstration. Laura Cooper and Kiyo Marsh will be at the Community Building, 35 W. Main Ave., beginning at 5:30 p.m. to sign books and show their art. The salmon demonstration follows at 6:30 p.m.
Sept. 9 – Trezzi Farm hosts The Ethics of Eating discussion. Tickets are $35, through www.brownpapertickets.com/event/122812. Dinner will feature local foods. The event runs from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 10 – One World Spokane fundraiser, “One Night, One World Celebration.” The dinner will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. on the rooftop of the Saranac Building, 25 W. Main Ave., in downtown Spokane. Tickets are $45. One World chef Andrew Larson will use local foods donated by the P.E.A.C.H. farm for the menu. There’s more information at www.oneworldspokane.org.
Sept. 11 – Chicken Festival with One World Spokane and P.E.A.C.H. community farm, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Pittsburg Street between Sprague and First avenues. Local organic food, beer garden, pick-your-own garden pizza baked in the One World cob oven; learn how to raise chickens in an urban environment. Free admission.
Sept. 27 – Santé Restaurant and Charcuterie farmers market cooking class, $85. Chef Hansen will teach students how to use unusual items from local markets. Class includes snacks, recipes, wine and dinner. Reserve a space by contacting Santé at email@example.com.
Sept. 29 – Wheat, Wine and Wild Salmon dinner. Fourth annual fundraiser dinner for Slow Food Spokane River, Save Our Wild Salmon and Spokane Falls Trout Unlimited. Dinner starts at 6 p.m. Tickets are $50, available at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/118578. There is a discount on tickets purchased before Sept. 22.