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September 18, 2013 at 2:56 PM

Local dishes support national food education effort

There’s nothing I like better than combining a good deed with a good meal. Two Seattle restaurants—BOKA Restaurant + Bar in the Hotel 1000 downtown, and Tilth Restaurant in Wallingford—are  giving diners the chance to do just that by participating in the James Beard Foundation’s Taste America® Local Dish Challenge.

Joining more than 160 restaurants across the country, BOKA and Tilth have each created a dish showcasing the best of our local bounty—and it may surprise no one to learn that both chose salmon.

At BOKA, chefs Peter Birk and Azad Rawat are serving Alaskan King Salmon with cannellini beans, braised pork belly and chanterelles, finished with salt-and-vinegar Brussels sprout chips.

BOKA's King Salmon

BOKA’s King Salmon

At Tilth, chef Maria Hines designated her smoked sockeye salmon with celery, hazelnuts, grapes, apple, and creme fraiche as the “Local Dish” contender.

Tilth's smoked sockeye salmon

Tilth’s smoked sockeye salmon

One dollar from each of those salmon dishes sold through October 31, 2013 will go to the JBF Taste America® Education Drive, which supports the Foundation’s many educational programs on topics surrounding our country’s food system. In addition, Taste America® presenting sponsor Chase Sapphire Preferred will match those dollars (up to $100,000 nationwide).

But wait, there’s more! I never thought I’d encourage the practice but, to all of you who love taking pictures of your food, whip out those smartphones and snap away because the contest has a social media twist that could benefit a local organization too.

Take a photo of the dish, and post it to Instagram with #JBFTasteamerica and the hashtag of your city. For example: Just had this salmon #jbftasteamerica dish from @BOKArestaurant (or @Tilth) in #Seattle.)

When the promotion ends, the city with the most Instagram photo uploads will be declared the winner and a local charity (selected by the participating restaurants) will receive a donation from JBF in the amount of $10,000 or 10% of the proceeds raised nationally, whichever is higher. Seattle’s beneficiary is PCC Farmland Trust.

Remember to post the photo to Instagram and use the specified hashtags for it to count toward the competition among the participating cities.

Comments | Topics: Boka Restaurant, James Beard Foundation, Providence Cicero

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