Sitka Conservation Society
Sep 20 2014

Hungry for Huckleberry Pie, Venison Stew, or Fresh Greens? Come to the Wild Foods Potluck Nov. 2!

Do you have some extra huckleberries lying around? Or perhaps a bit of venison you’re not quite sure what to do with?
Well, we’ve got a solution for you: Prepare a dish for the Sitka Conservation Society’s Wild Foods Potluck!
What is the Wild Foods Potluck?
The Wild Foods Potluck is an annual event that celebrates the wild foods of Southeast Alaska. Each person or family is asked to bring a dish that incorporates a wild or local food. The event is hosted by the Sitka Conservation Society, an organization that has worked to protect Southeastern Alaska and the Tongass National Forest since 1967.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                When / where is it?
The Wild Foods Potluck will take place on Sunday, November 2 at Centennial Hall. Doors will open at 5 p.m. and we ask that people arrive no later than 5:30 p.m. with a dish to share.
                                                                                                                                                                                                              What should I bring to the potluck?
Bring a dish featuring food that was fished, foraged, picked, hunted, or cultivated in Southeast. If you don’t have any wild food to share, simply garnish your dish with some local flowers or garden plants. Prizes will be awarded for first place in the following categories: Best Entree, Best Side Dish, Best Dessert, Most Creative, and Best Kids Entry.
Here’s just a few examples of local and wild foods you can incorporate into a dish: wild berries, fish, cabbage, kale, bull kelp, beach asparagus, mushrooms….the possibilities are endless!

What else can I expect?
Food isn’t the only highlight of the evening. Members of the Sitka Conservation Society will share more information about the organization and its mission to protect the Tongass while supporting sustainable community development. Also expect to hear a bit about 4H and how the Sitka Conservation Society is working with young leaders to ensure the long-term sustainability of Sitka and the Tongass National Forest.
This is a family-friendly event open to the entire community. Join us for an evening filled with great food, company, and conversation.
Interested in volunteering at the potluck or want more information? Please contact Sophie Nethercut at [email protected] or call 747-7509.

About Sophie

Sophie Nethercut, Tongass Community Organizer, was bewitched by Alaska in 2009 and has yet to break free of her mystical spell. Originally from Minnesota, Sophie graduated from Yale University with degrees in History and Ethnicity, Race, and Migration. While at Yale, she taught courses in New Haven public schools, coordinated local elections, worked as a community organizer, and sang in an African music ensemble. Her academic work took her away from New England to Ecuador, where she conducted HIV research, as well as to Spain, Brazil, South Africa, and Vietnam, where she studied urban planning and sustainable development. She has also worked as a canoe guide in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area of Minnesota and saw firsthand how wild places can transform lives. Sophie is thrilled to be part of the SCS team and is looking forward to meeting new people, eating lots of salmon, and exploring the Tongass whenever possible. Come say hi!

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