Tomato Tuesday’s & More Announced

June 8, 2014
Tomato Tuesday’s & More Announced

The Treasure Valley Food Coalition is excited to announce its partnerships with the Boise Farmers Market,North End Organic Nursery, Edwards Greenhouse, Franz Witte, and the Idaho Botanical Gardens with the Tomato Tuesday & More calendar of events.  Throughout the summer you will have the chance to enjoy tomato dishes and drinks, attend classes, and visit with local gardeners about tomatoes.  Some TIP events will include a tomato tasting; salsa festival; bloody mary tasting; and classes on seed saving, tomato preservation, and tomato sauce preparation.  We are excited about these upcoming events and hope you enjoy as we all  ”end the tyranny of the tasteless tomato”.  

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TVFC announces 2014 Community Read EXTRA VIRGINITY

May 28, 2014
TVFC announces 2014 Community Read EXTRA VIRGINITY

The Treasure Valley Food Coalition announces our 2014 Community Read EXTRA VIRGINITY: The Sublime and Scandalous World of Olive Oil.  Foodies alike! Gather around, because we’re going to talk about the illustrious, criminal, seductive world of olive oil! Join us for a riveting discussion on the sacred history and profane present of a substance long seen as the essence of health and civilization. For millennia, fresh olive oil has been one of life’s necessities–not just as food but also as medicine, a beauty aid, and a vital element of religious ritual. Today’s researchers are continuing to confirm the remarkable, life-giving properties of true extra-virgin, and “extra-virgin Italian” has become the highest standard of quality. But what if this symbol of purity has become deeply corrupt? Starting with an explosive article in The New Yorker, Tom Mueller has become the world’s expert on olive oil and olive oil fraud-a story of globalization, deception, and crime in the food industry from ancient times to the present, and a powerful indictment of today’s lax protections against fake and even toxic food products in the United States. Join us at REDISCOVERED BOOKS, June 10th at 6:00 PM for an introduction to extra virgin olive oil,…

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Tomato Tuesday-to-Tuesday Menus Announced

April 19, 2014
Tomato Tuesday-to-Tuesday Menus Announced

Support local farms and restaurants during the height of this year’s tomato harvest season! The Treasure Valley Food Coalition is excited to announce its partnership with local farms and restaurants with our tomato Tuesday-to-Tuesday menus.  Each week for five weeks you will have the chance to enjoy tomato dishes, drinks and samples featuring tomatoes from local farms at locally owned establishments.  Other TIP events will include a tomato tasting; salsa festival; bloody mary tasting; and classes on seed saving, tomato preservation, and tomato sauce preparation.  We are excited about these upcoming events and hope you enjoy as we all  ”end the tyranny of the tasteless tomato”. August 19 – 26 Bardenay featuring Idaho’s Bounty August 26 – September 2 Cafe Vicino featuring True Roots Organics September 2 – 9 Bittercreek featuring Peaceful Belly Farm September 9 Tomato Tailgate Food Truck Rally at North End Organic Nursery September 9 – 16 Modern Hotel & Bar featuring Next Generation Organics September 16 – 23 Bar Gernika and Basque Market featuring Global Gardens August 19 – September 23 Boise Co-op will feature samples from local farms Check out the Tomato Tuesday-to-Tuesday Menus in this Boise Weekly article “Tomato Independence Project Expands in Its Second…

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2014 Kickoff: Saucy Saturday

January 21, 2014
2014 Kickoff:  Saucy Saturday

Tomato Independence Project Kicks Off Second Year with Saucy Saturday TVFC will announce plans for the second year of the Tomato Independence Project and its continued effort to end the tyranny of tasteless tomatoes during Saucy Saturday on February 1, 2014. The public is invited to celebrate the successful 2013 campaign and learn about 2014 events.  Last year, workshops were held, seedlings started and great tasting tomatoes harvested.  This year, the coalition will focus on tomato preservation. “We all know it’s not possible to enjoy local, fresh produce in midwinter, but it is possible to open a jar of summer sunshine to give us a taste of what’s to come,” says Amy Hutchinson, TVFC board member. Saucy Saturday will be held at Edwards Greenhouse in Boise at 2 pm. (It’s a special treat to spend a winter afternoon in the greenhouses and especially in the “pop-up park.”) The afternoon will feature tomato sauces prepared by the chefs of Bittercreek, Boise Co-Op, Café Vicino, and The Modern, using preserved local tomatoes from the 2013 harvest. In August and September, these same restaurants will feature local, fresh tomatoes on their restaurant menus as part of Tomato Independence Project (TIP) 2014. Join us Saturday, February 1 to learn more…

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What’s on the plate for TVFC in 2014

January 7, 2014

The Treasure Valley Food Coalition announced their 2014 Tomato Independence Project work on Monday, January 6, 2014 during a gathering of chefs and local farmers.  Building on the success of the first year of the Project, the group is directing their efforts toward nutrition, processing, and restaurant use of locally-grown tomatoes. The gathering at Cafe Vicino was an opportunity for chefs and growers to meet each other and begin planning for a series of restaurant events in Boise during this summer’s tomato harvest.  Stay tuned for this opportunity to taste the best tomatoes in the valley prepared by the best restaurants in the valley. Look for posts and events on the TVFC website on the 2014 projects as the year progresses.  

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