Your co-op community, April 2017

This article was originally published in April 2017

Springtime Fun Craft Event

Saturday, April 8, PCC classrooms

  • 9 a.m. to noon at Bothell, Columbia City, Edmonds, Greenlake Village, Issaquah, Redmond, West Seattle
  • 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Greenlake Aurora

Spring is in the air! Bring your kids to our participating stores to start the new season by getting crafty. Can you guess how many jelly beans are in the jar? Enjoy snacks provided by PCC. Free for children 12 and younger.


Food bank packaging work parties

Help our partnering food banks by donating your time to pack our bulk foods into family-sized portions. Join us:

  • Monday, April 10 at 7 p.m., West Seattle Food Bank
  • Wednesday, April 12 at 6:30 p.m., Maltby Food Bank
  • Wednesday, April 19 at 7 p.m., VOAWW Bitterlake Food Pantry
  • Thursday, April 20 at 7 p.m., Chicken Soup Brigade Food Bank
  • Monday, April 24 at 6:30 p.m., Redmond Hopelink Food Bank

Chinook Book sale

Celebrate Earth Month with Chinook Book and win a bike! All print book, app subscription or combo pack purchases are on sale during the month of April. Purchase one and you’ll be entered to win. See chinookbook.com/bikemonth for details.

Sale prices

  • Chinook Book Print Book 2016 – $17
  • Chinook Book 12-Month Mobile App Subscription Card – $10
  • Chinook Book Combo Pack- $25

PCC COOKS

What better way to greet the new season than by welcoming fresh flavors into your kitchen? Beginning April 1, take a spring vacation just by meeting us in the classroom. Embark on a Roman Holiday, where you’ll savor classic Carbonara pasta; say Hello Hawaii and dine on fish tacos and hula pies; or experience the many flavors of Korea with a Korean Tasting Menu. In the midst of all this springtime excitement, do you need a reminder to slow down and savor your food? The Magic of Mindful Eating will show you the way. You’ll also find classes on everything from spring greens to puff pastry, plus brunch and champagne pairings, and even a guide to gardening in the Pacific Northwest.

Interested in teaching? Applications for our Fall 2017 class quarter are due May 1. Visit PccCooks.com and click on “Do you teach?”


April is Edible City Month

Museum of History & Industry

Celebrate the Museum of History & Industry’s (MOHAI) featured exhibit, Edible City: A Delicious Journey, with a month-long, citywide salute to Puget Sound’s passion for food and culture. Unique culinary events and programs will take place across the city including special tastings, book signings and more!

Collect receipts from participating restaurants and establishments to unlock special museum pricing to see Edible City, and look for exclusive MOHAI member menu items and discounts. Museum members also can enjoy an evening of gastronomic adventure during MOHAI’s annual Member Night. For a complete listing of participating restaurants and programs, visit MOHAI.org or #edibleMOHAI.

PCC is a proud sponsor of the Edible City exhibit, which is on display until September. Through artifacts, photographs, films — and, yes, recipes, including PCC’s famous Emerald City Salad — the 5,000-square-foot exhibit explores our city’s culinary history and what it truly means to be a Seattle food. PCC contributed other recipes and artifacts that trace the co-op’s history.

Two of our favorite highlights are the 1978 photograph of the original PCC market in Ravenna, and the photo of the Picardo farm in North Seattle, which became the city’s first P-Patch in the 1970s — with some help from PCC — instead of being sold for development. You’ll have to visit the exhibit to learn more!


Edible City Science Fair

Saturday, April 22, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Included with admission / Free for MOHAI members

Celebrate Earth Day at MOHAI by investigating the science behind food, farming and sustainability. Enjoy hands-on displays, demonstrations and activities with community groups and organizations from across Washington state. Discover some of the latest innovations in food science!


Seattle Kitchen Live at MOHAI

Tuesday, April 25, 7 p.m. $15 MOHAI members / $20 general public

Tom Douglas and Thierry Rautureau, two esteemed Seattle chefs, bring their long-running Seattle Kitchen KIRO radio show to MOHAI. See their conversation in action as they discuss, argue and laugh about a broad range of topics connected to the city’s food scene, all while nibbling on bites. Advance tickets recommended; visit mohai.org/calendar.


Edible City tour

Available Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. $30 per tour Advance reservations 2 weeks

Hungry for history? Whether it’s farming at a local P-Patch plot, frequenting Dick’s Drive In, shopping at Uwajimaya or watching salmon fly at Pike Place Market, everyone has a special history with Seattle food. This 45-minute tour of Edible City dives into the stories of the city’s culinary culture, flavors, innovations and people who have influenced the tastes of today. Details at MOHAI.org/groupvisits.

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Getting flame retardants out of the food supply

Flame retardant chemicals shouldn't be used anywhere near farms. So why are they showing up in butter, lettuce and meat? Is organic food a safer choice?

Nutritionists' picks

Swing by our produce departments to pick up the best of the spring harvest – local, organic rhubarb, purple sprouting broccoli and asparagus! Also don’t miss healthful, tasty products our nutritionists love – whole turmeric root, fresh beets, watermelon radishes, frozen blueberries, and good-for-your-gut kombucha and a crunchy fermented vegetable mix in bulk.