Sunday, May 8, 2011

PDX Food Swap Spring 2011 Highlights

Last night's Spring PDX Food Swap gathered creative and delicious inspirations from all around the city of Portland. Participants came bearing boxes and baskets brimming with home made, hand crafted goods, and as each swapper filed in to claim their spot at the swapping table and crowd the appetizer potluck with delectable treats for swapping sustenance, I again marveled at the beautiful food community we share here in the Pacific Northwest.

We're so grateful to our kind hostess, Abby Fammartino, of Abby's Table in SE Portland.

I brought a handful of several different items to trade: Challah bread, raw milk yogurt (made with delicious milk from Charlotte at Champoeg Creamery!), all natural lip balm, green seafood rub (from one of my favorite inspirations: The Spice Merchant's Daughter), Marionberry jam, vanilla+peach jam, applesauce, and Pumpkin Flax Seed granola.

The flow of the evening...

Tickled pink over puff pastry dough and home grown tomato starts!

I'm so grateful for the amazing array of swapped goodies I brought home:
:: a tomato plant, ginger-peach kombucha, almond milk, ginger beer, veggies and dipping sauce, brown rice flour, sauerkraut, lactofermented veggies, spicy collard greens, rosemary orange caramel dipping sauce, cranberry cardamom vanilla sauce, strawberry sauce, agave blueberry spread, cracked pepper spelt crackers, yogurt lemon cake, puff pastry dough, lemon curd, & Indian spice brittle... ::

Plus, for each treasure I scored, another amazing swap item got away! Homemade raw milk ice cream, culinary lavender, chicken eggs, kombucha babies, cake pops, gourmet salad dressings, citrus curds, apple cider, cilantro and basil starts, home brews, wild harvested sage, artisan breads, and so many more...

Hence the need for another "next time!"

Thank you to all who came to share the bounty and inspiration. Your contributions are what make these swaps so terrific!

If you're a blogger who attended last night, please feel free to introduce yourself and leave a link to your page below. There are so many great neighbors in this city - it's a privilege to meet you all and share your delicious food.

Want to keep up to date on future swaps?
The easiest way is to like the PDX Food Swap Facebook page.

Until we swap again,

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