Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Livin' in the Blurbs: Hot Dates!

Just got a blurb from contributor Jim Dixon of RealGoodFood that Albert Katz and his wife, Kim, of Katz California Extra Virgin Olive Oil, will be joining him this Saturday, May 16, at his booth at the PSU Farmers' Market. Why should you care? After decades of using only Tuscan olive oil, none other than Alice Waters of Chez Panisse has dumped the Italian oil off her menu for the locally grown Katz product from Northern California’s Suisin Valley. The Katz' will be offering samples of their Chef’s Pick, Rock Hill Ranch and Meyer Lemon olive oils and answering questions about misleading labels, supermarket oil and anything else about the production of extra virgin olive oil. Sounds like a deal!

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On Sunday, May 17, there's a bake sale at Foster & Dobbs Authentic Foods that will benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. But lest you think that all you'll find is stale cookies and over-frosted cakes made with Crisco, the person baking these goods is the pastry chef at Pascal Sauton's Carafe Bistro, Meredith Mortenson, who also occasionally helps out behind the cheese counter at F&D. Top notch person that she is, she's committed to personally raising $5,000 for the Society as well as participating in their Pacific Crest Olympic Triathlon. What better excuse are you gonna have than eating dessert for a higher purpose?

Details: Bake Sale to Benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Sun., May 17, 11 am-3 pm. Foster & Dobbs Authentic Foods, 2518 NE 15th Ave. Phone 503-284-1157.

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The Architectural Heritage Center, a non-profit resource center for historic preservation in Portland, has a couple of upcoming educational events that look intriguing:
  • Lecture: The Enduring Influence of John Yeon with Randy Gragg. Sat., June 6, 10-11:30 am; $18, preregistration suggested, tickets available online.
  • 3rd Annual Old House Fair featuring renovation experts and showcase of goods and services. Sat., June 27, 10 am-5 pm; free. Architectural Heritage Center, 701 SE Grand Ave.

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