Belatedly, I’d like to thank everyone who played a role in making the Moroccan dinner on 7 June such a success. Thank you to the following people, especially:
Suzanne + Stan: the hosts extraordinaire
Jerome: chef and mastermind until the end; Sherpa
Stacie: pastry chef, rose ice cream wonder
Kelsie: able, energetic, and kind cook
Siew Chinn: able, energetic, and kind cook
Clare: logistics and aesthetics, i.e. readying the backyard for the party
Sam + Simone: Thank you for harvesting mulberries; general set up and clean up
Dinner was beautiful and it all came together in a way that felt very magical and really, a perfect send off. My only regret is that I did not give a small speech, which may have brought the evening together for those who were less familiar with Forage Oakland. But, I suppose I know for next time and that is what I’ll do.
Upon arrival, each guest was given a copy of the Forage Oakland Manifesto (which can also be found here) and a menu.
Nowadays, I am in Biella, Italy, completing a residency at the Fondazione Pistoletto. I will remain in Europe until early November, and will gratefully be home just in time for the hachiya persimmon and quince harvest.
I am just beginning work on a neighborhood harvest guide which will essentially be a collection of essays of lessons I’ve learned in establishing Forage Oakland. It is my hope that any community might be able to use the guide in establishing their own neighborhood barter project. When the guide is completed, it will be available through this blog.
If you believe that this work could be valuable for your community and you’d like to make a financial contribution, follow this link. Thank you!
Below are several images of fruit sightings in Biella.