- Savor South Sound
August 1-August 3, a three-day event. The Savor South Sound beverage tasting event will feature five cideries on Thursday, August 1, eight breweries on Friday, August 2 and five wineries on Saturday, August 3. Tastings will run from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. each day in the Heritage Hall Annex at the Thurston County Fair. Patrons must be 21 or over to enter the Savor South Sound event.
- Table For Olympia
August 3, 4 p.m.-8p.m. Community picnic in the heart of the Olympia, on Fifth Avenue in front of the Capital Theater, presented by the Thurston Food Systems Council. Join them at Olympia’s largest table and bring a picnic, plus plates and silverware to share with your friends and neighbors.
- Primo Grill Cooking Classes
August 3, 2 p.m.-4 p.m. The savory cuisine of Morocco. $65/person, includes recipes and instruction, lunch with a glass of wine, tax and gratuity. Call Jacqueline at 383.7000 to purchase tickets.
August 24, 2 p.m.-4 p.m. Summertime grilling: fish; meats and vegetables, $65/person, includes recipes and instruction, lunch with a glass of wine, tax and gratuity. Call Jacqueline at 383.7000 to purchase tickets.
Pierce County Gleaning Project Film
August 4, 8 p.m. Showing of food justice themed film, The Real Dirt on Farmer John. It’s a bike-in movie, so bring your finest human-powered vehicle and enjoy the movie and discussion surrounded by the garden in full bloom. Hilltop Pop Shop will be there with their awesome bike-powered popsicle shop, selling locally made popsicles. Free.
- C.I. Shenanigan’s Bulliet Bourbon Dinner
August 6, 6 p.m. Four course dinner paired with Bulleit Bourbon cocktails and prizes. $45/person, includes tax. Call 253-752-8899 to reserve.
- Bayview School of Cooking Classes
For each class, call 360-754-1448 to reserve.
August 6, 6-8:30 p.m. Dinner on the Grill. $50/person.
August 8, 6-8:30 p.m. All Fed Up Food Truck, $45/person.
August 15, 6-8:30 p.m. Grilling with Barry Martin, $45/person.
August 20, 6-8:30 p.m. A Posh Picnic, $45/person.
August 24, 6-8:30 p.m. Hands on Grilled Italian Skewers, $50/person
August 27, 6-8:30 p.m. Kabobs, $45/person.
- Fermented Vegetable Class
August 11, 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Taught by Summer Bock of OlyKraut. Learn how to make raw sauerkraut and sample sauerkraut. Leave with recipes and instructional handouts. Register online.
- A World of White Wine Benefit Dinner
August 24, 5 p.m. A four-course dinner, plus passed appetizers, paired with white wines. Proceeds benefit Clover Park Technical College’s Culinary Arts Programs. Tickets are $95/person and must be purchased ahead of time. Purchase tickets online.
- Harvest Potluck Event
August 24, noon to 4 p.m. Food, music, games for kids at the Gallucci Learning Garden Plaza. Free.
- Tacoma Food Coop 2nd Anniversary Party
August 25, 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Greet local farmers and connect with local businesses. Sample beer, wine and other fantastic treats. Take a self-guided tour of the store, learn what’s new in the co-op. Free.
- Broadway Sizzle
August 31, 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Picture 150 people dining at a jovial communal table under an elegantly appointed tent on Broadway. Chef Dustin Joseph will create a “Scratch American” upscale picnic to showcase local ingredients picked at the peak of the season. Broadway Sizzle will “Razzle Dazzle” you with lively entertainment, farm-fresh produce, craft brews, artisan cheeses, award-winning wines, and gourmet products of all kinds. Then, move into the gorgeous Pantages Theater for “All That Jazz”—the glorious national touring musical Chicago. Tickets for the dinner only are $75, or tickets to dinner and a B-tier seat to Chicago are $150. Get tickets online.
Bridgett Crews and Krista Keithly, the ladies responsible for the awesome Hilltop Pop Shop, have another venture started early this year. Free-Range Kitchen, a culinary incubator located on Tacoma’s 6th Avenue, is a way for small food businesses to get started in a relatively low-risk way. It’s a pretty cool idea, and one that was needed in the South Sound.
It was an idea born from necessity. Bridgett and Krista needed a permanent place to produce their local, organic fruit popsicles for Hilltop Pop Shop. They also wanted to share the knowledge they’ve learned from their own food business, while fostering a sense of community.
Free-Range Kitchen is more than just a commercial kitchen. Upon first meeting Bridgett and Krista, I was immediately impressed with their passion and dedication to the community and desire to help small food businesses become successful.
The concept: Free-Range Kitchen creates an low-cost opportunity for fledgling food businesses to start up and learn the business, as well as a commercial kitchen in which to produce their food or products. Businesses utilize the commercial kitchen part-time, and many sell their goods at local farmers markets.
Starting a food business is often a daunting process. There’s insurance, licenses, food handler’s cards…and that’s all before you can begin doing what you actually love, cooking or producing a food product. Then you add up the equipment costs to get started, rent for a production space, and you get the idea. It’s expensive and can be confusing for new business owners.