Your co-op community, September 2017

This article was originally published in September 2017

Food bank packaging parties

Get a strong start on volunteer hours for the school year by donating your time at a food bank packaging party.

Please visit our website to preregister.

Washington Artisan Cheesemakers Festival

Saturday, September 9, 1 to 5 p.m.
Seattle Design Center 5701 Sixth Ave. S., Seattle

The Washington Artisan Cheesemakers Festival is a premier cheese festival that celebrates artisan and farmstead cheeses made in Washington. The festival is a benefit for the Washington State Cheesemakers Association. More than 20 Washington cheesemakers plus local breweries, wineries and other artisan producers will show their wares. PCC will share suggestions for pairing cheese with some local hard ciders. The event is 21+. Visit to purchase tickets.

Women of Wonder Run

Sunday, September 10
7201 East Green Lake Drive N., Seattle
8 a.m. day-of race registration and packet pick-up

The annual Women of Wonder Run will begin at the east end of Green Lake Park. Join a 10K run/walk, a 5K run/walk, and the free “Little Wonders Run” for kids. PCC Greenlake Village and Aurora staff will be there handing out fruit and treats! For more information visit

Party in the Park

Sunday, September 10, 2 to 5 p.m.
View Ridge Park Corner of NE 70th Street and 45th Avenue NE, Seattle

The 10th Annual View Ridge Party in the Park, hosted by the View Ridge Community Council, will feature food, crafts, live music, face painting and more. PCC View Ridge staff will be there hosting a make-your-own trail mix station (with goodies found in our bulk department)!

PCC’s Community Fair

Saturday, September 16, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
All 10 PCC stores

See what’s new with PCC! The Community Fair is an opportunity for PCC members and shoppers to engage with our staff. The Community Fair will feature a sampling station and other in-store fun! Free PCC Cooks demos in stores with classrooms. For more information, visit

Oxbow’s Family Dinner on the Farm

Saturday, September 16, 4 to 8 p.m.
Oxbow Farm 10819 Carnation-Duvall Rd NE, Carnation

PCC is the signature sponsor of this farm-to-table event that includes a great meal and wine, plus an introduction to the wonders of Oxbow Farm and the people who make it so vibrant.

The whole family is invited! PCC Redmond staff will be working with the kids and Oxbow farm staff, discovering the fall harvest. Learn more and register at

Cycle the WAVE

Sunday, September 17 Bellevue College

Cycle the WAVE (Women Against Violence Everywhere) is a fully supported, non-competitive, deluxe all-women’s event celebrating its 10th anniversary! It’s a spectacular bike and walk event for women of all ages and fitness levels to experience camaraderie, increase awareness of domestic violence through visibility, and raise funds for domestic violence programs across Washington state.

PCC Issaquah is proud to sponsor this event and is providing lunch items from our delicious deli at the finish line. Enjoy a festival from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. for all participants and those out supporting. For more information visit

September customer service star

Carol Dortero — Cashier at Greenlake Aurora. Transferred from West Seattle, Carol’s friendly service is a great addition to the Greenlake team!

Green Plate Special Garden Gala

Friday, September 22, 6 p.m.
2115 25th Ave. S., Seattle

This is not your typical sit-down affair! Mix and mingle throughout the Green Plate Special garden and kitchen. Green Plate Special is an organization that inspires and empowers youth to experience food in new ways through gardening, cooking and eating together. PCC is a sponsor of this event where you can enjoy drinks and a garden inspired meal while wandering through the garden and kitchen. Hear remarks from the students and executive director and have an opportunity to invest in our youth. For more info visit

PCC Cooks

Registration for fall quarter 2017 opens September 5! Holiday prep is a breeze with classes such as Roasting Rules, It’s All About the Sides, and Easy and Elegant Appetizers. Kids experience hands-on baking with holiday cookies (more classes offered every year) and, as always, you can find a wonderful array of international cuisines, single-topic workshops and classes with beer, wine and even sake pairings.

But there’s no need to wait until October to take a class! We’re finishing up summer quarter this month with space in plenty of great classes: German Favorites, Knife Skills, A New Classic Italian Dinner, Mexican Street Food and more. Visit for more information and to sign up.

Also in this issue

Will we see nutrition info on menus?

PCC recently submitted comments to the Food and Drug Administration regarding the delay of rules that would require restaurants to provide nutrition information for consumers. After reviewing more than 130,000 comments, the FDA has announced plans to move forward with menu labeling – starting in May 2018.

Good and clean

Is your soap made with 70 percent organic ingredients? Made by a local company with more than 100 beehives? Is the company a B Corp? Is the palm oil from a traceable source approved by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO)? Do you get all this and more for only $3? If you're using the PCC-brand bar soap, then the answer is a resounding yes!

News bites, September 2017

Artificial sweeteners, Sugar linked to depression, Fracking and human health, and more