Every Sunday morning — if I’m lucky — I get a good hour to sit and read the paper the old fashioned way: by holding it in my hands. Yesterday, I was impressed to see how much coverage the Seattle Times gave to my favorite subject. Here’s a taste, just in case you missed it:
Could you feed two people on $12 a day, or feed yourself on $7? That’s the question posed again this year by United Way of King County during Hunger Action Week — an annual effort to raise awareness of the plight of those living on food stamps. Reporter Nancy Bartley profiles culinary student and food blogger Eric Rivera, (who took the challenge last week), and more to the point, a single mother who, like millions of others across the nation, is challenged by those financial constraints throughout the year. Read the story here.
The Footprint Issue of our Pacific Northwest magazine dug into the greenery of “a new edibles ethic” with a grow-your-own cover story courtesy of garden-guru Valerie Easton. Val profiled the ways in which gardeners might give it up for foodstuffs. The photo spread encompassed the edible landscape and Green Lake-neighborhood garden of Tom Douglas’s right-hand woman Shelley Lance (who blogs right here) and her husband, Frank Shoichet. What Val didn’t mention is the couple have close ties to another well-publicized garden: the Obama’s (their personal chef, Sam Kass — who tends the tomatillos at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue — is Frank’s cousin).
When it comes to coffee culture, Seattle’s Ethiopian community does stand on ceremony — something my colleague on the coffee beat, Melissa Allison, delved into after paying a visit to the the Northwest African American Museum. There she met Ethiopian native Endanchy Girma, who’s called Seattle home for 30 years. Girma has plans to open Cafe Char at 2310 E. Madison Street in March, where she’ll host monthly coffee ceremonies. Read the full story here.
So tell me: What interesting or inspiring food-and-drink stories did I miss elsewhere in the news? Send a link via my comments box and share what you’ve learned with the Eatership.