Chef in the Garden

Few organizations can pull off an authentic “chef in the garden” dinner like P-Patch Trust. I just completed three years of service on the Board of Directors of this Seattle nonprofit, a land conservancy that works to acquire, build, preserve and protect community gardens in Seattle’s neighborhoods. Through, advocacy, leadership and partnerships, The Trust expands access to community gardening across economic, racial, ethnic, ability and gender lines; promotes organic gardening and builds community through gardening.

Their primary focus is to break urban isolation by providing opportunities for people to garden together, learn from each other, develop a sense of neighborhood, and create a more livable urban environment. There’s probably a p-patch garden in your neighborhood.

So save the date on your calendar for their fifth “Chef in the Garden” dinner. On Sunday, September 23rd, guest chef and a 2007 James Beard Foundation Award Winner (Best Chef: Northwest), John Sundstrom – chef/owner of the renowned restaurant, Lark on Capitol Hill – will be preparing a feast. (Read the Chef Q&A;)

The Trust promises you a magnificent dining event at South Seattle Community College’s Brockey Center in West Seattle. You will also have an opportunity to enjoy Washington wines while touring the college’s lovely arboretum with an expert guide as a pre-dinner treat.

Following the late-afternoon stroll through the arboretum, diners will gather in the Brockey Center for an incredible meal with a European sensibility using the best products of regional American farmers, cheese-makers, ranchers and vintners.

Tickets will go on sale soon, and I’ll keep you posted on the purchase options. Please consider inviting your family, friends, and associates to join you for this outstanding event. It will be a deliciously memorable evening.

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