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Re: Great for potlucks, folks?

  • Subject: Re: [cg] Great for potlucks, folks?
  • From: David Smead smead@amplepower.com
  • Date: Tue, 5 Nov 2002 11:33:07 -0800 (PST)

Steve, and others,

I think I'd have gone ahead with the potluck in Spokane and signed up
members at the door.

In the early 1960s I had the dubious pleasure of working a few months in
Oklahoma.  You had to be a member to go into a place that served hard
stuff, bring your own bottle, and pay them to pour your drinks.
Membership cost a dollar, which was the cost for them to pour a drink, so
they always poured the first one `free'.

Of course there was a cover charge depending on the entertainment, and
sometime about closing, people would get their greatly depleted bottles
and drive home.  As I recall it was legal to have an open container in
your car as long as you weren't caught drinking out of it.  I suppose that
whole scene made sense to teetotalers.


David Smead

On Tue, 5 Nov 2002, Steve Smoot wrote:

> Hi Folks,
> Recently Spokane Tilth, a local sustainable food and agriculture
> organization and a chapter of Washington State Tilth, sponsored an
> "evening to honor our local farmers and gardeners and celebrate the
> harvest season."
> The "Local Harvest Celebration & Potluck Dinner" was billed as a
> fundraiser for the organization and folks were asked to donate a minimum
> of $10 per family at the door. But, "no one will be turned away for lack
> of funds, but please bring some prepared food to share." Participants
> were encouraged to bring food that was grown or produced within a
> 100-mile radius of Spokane. The celebration was all about local food.
> The local health district must have decided that the participants were
> "public enemy number 1." Their reaction is probably common across the
> country these days.
> "Spokane Regional Health District is cracking down on potlucks.
> Last week, Spokane Tilth ran a small newspaper announcement that it was
> holding a potluck meal during its harvest celebration. Spokane Tilth
> promotes sustainable agriculture. Many members are organic farmers. Their
> lives revolve about being conscientious about what they eat.
> But as soon as Health District officials saw the potluck ad in the
> newspaper, they called Tilth and threatened prosecution if the group went
> ahead with the potluck. Tilth went ahead with the event — sans food.
> According to Health Officer Dr. Kim Thorburn, churches and other
> organizations can hold potlucks as long as they’re for members only. But
> if they invite the public, it’s illegal.
> Tilth program coordinator Chris Ostrander is not happy with a law banning
> a community practice that’s thousands of years old. He plans a statewide
> campaign to “decriminalize community potlucks.”
> http://www.thelocalplanet.com/Archives/Authors/Article.asp?ArticleID=3316
> :
> Steve Smoot
> > Message: 7
> > Date: Tue, 5 Nov 2002 05:54:08 -0500
> > To: community_garden@mallorn.com
> > From: Allan Balliett <igg@igg.com>
> > Subject: Fwd: Re: [cg] Slow Food
> >
> > BACK on the recent Slow Food 'conference' in NYC...did anyone on the
> >
> > list attend?
> >
> > The registration fee was around $300, If I remember correctly. This,
> >
> > of course, confirms the elitist accusations. I'm hoping, however,
> > that someone will tell me that there were activist rates, also.
> >
> > Expanding on Adam's and other remarks, Slow Food Movement is one of
> >
> > the several attempts to preserve the 'local taste' that is being
> > sacrificed worldwide to the worldview that spawned NAFTA, the view
> > the believes everything will be better if everything is the same.
> > The
> > USDA Organic Certification is another step in this worldview,
> > reducing organics to a list of approved inputs while ignoring the
> > strong ecological and biological emphasis of grassroots organic
> > farming and gardening.
> >
> > Robert Graves said that when the taste for local cuisine is lost,
> > then everything is lost and people readily follow men on horseback.
> > A
> > local taste can be lost forwever in one generation, particularly
> > since the senses of taste and smell are so difficult to chronicle. I
> >
> > feel that the obligation to preserve these local flavors have fallen
> >
> > on we who are sensitive to realize their preciousness.
> >
> > A person can internalize these values and occasionally cook meals of
> >
> >
> > and still feel part of this movement.
> >
> > Great for potlucks, folks. What are you doing this Sunday? ;-)
> >
> > -Allan Balliett
> > BD Now! The Biodynamic Food and Farming Discussion Group
> > Shepherdstown, WV

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