In conjunction with Slow Food Nation, I am working on gathering fruits for a fruit display for an August 29th dinner. The fruit should represent the bounty that we are attempting to redistribute through the Forage Oakland project, and should showcase what is ripe and ready to eat at the end of August in Berkeley, Oakland, San Francisco, and its environs. For example, pears, apples, berries, stone fruit, and citrus might all be viable options for a fruit display. If you or someone you know would like to have your backyard fruit on display for this dinner, please email me as soon as you can so that we can arrange a time to harvest, pick-up/ deliver the fruit during the next week. The fruit will be enjoyed by dinner guests.
Also, I will be working with Gordon Jenkins and Monica Linzer to provide a small sampling of fruit for Jam Jam, a Slow Food Nation sponsored event in which we will be making jam at 18 Reasons Gallery in the Mission. The event will take place Saturday, August 30th between 12:00 noon and 1:30 pm. If you have fruit you’d like to contribute to community jam making, please contact me by email as soon as you can. We can arrange a harvest time.
I will also be distributing neighborhood maps to demonstrate the potential feast we could enjoy if everyone grew food in their backyards and front yards. Maps will not show the exact locations of houses, but are more being distributed for artistic purposes. Also, please come to this event, which is free and open to the public.
Forage Oakland will be participating in a design and architecture show, a show which examines ways to re-imagine and re-invent the built landscape of San Francisco. I will be presenting four neighborhood maps along with foraged fruit jams, syrups, fennel pollen, etc. There will be an interactive component as well, i.e. a laptop and opportunity to sign up for Forage Oakland.
For the opening, which is September 5, 2008, I am looking for enough ripe fruit to fill the basket of a bicycle. If you would like your fruit showcased at this event, please let me know, and I will make a note to come harvest during the first week of September.
OPEN Restaurant is an expiramental restaurant that hosts periodic happenings. The next event will take place September 13th at New Langton Gallery in the SOMA neighborhood. The next event is the OPEN City, and all ingredients used in the dinner will have been foraged from within the city limits of Berkeley, Oakland, and San Francisco. If you will have ripe fruit, vegetables, or herbs around this time, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, please visit the blog: www.openrestaurant.org.
As always, please tell your friends and neighbors about this project!
If you would like to come along on harvest missions (all done by bicycle or on foot), please email me directly. If you would like to be involved in another manner, do not hesitate to email. Very soon, I am going to be thoroughly organized and will promptly respond to your queries.