The forecast calls for more wintry weather here in Seattle, so why not indulge in a little food of the sun? This Friday, you won’t want to miss the first Wallingford Community Kitchen for 2012, where they’ll be cooking and serving up warm and fresh ingredients from the Mediterranean.┬áHere are all the details:

We’ll start cooking at 5:30pm; planning to sit down for dinner around 8pm and will try to wrap up about 9pm. As always, this will be at our host site, the Wallingford COMMUNITY Senior Center (WCSC), 4649 Sunnyside Ave N, Room 140 Seattle, WA. Here’s what’s on the menu:

African Bean & Sweet Potato Soup
Ground Turkey Pastitisio
Couscous Date Salad

We will cook as a community and then enjoy the bounties of our labor by sitting down to share a meal. Participation requires an early bird (tickets purchased by 5pm, January 18th) pre-registration fee of $9.99 to cover the cost of ingredients and the facilities. You can buy yours here.

For you late registrants, – entrance will be $25 at-the-door – this helps us to better plan our menu and control costs. Please make sure to email the coordinator to ensure that there is space if you plan to be a last minute attendee. We are also asking those that can, to please donate a bit extra to help out those that could not otherwise afford to attend. We will have a limited number of reduced fee tickets available – please email the coordinator for a password.

Wallingford COMMUNITY Senior Center
Attn: Wallingford Community Kitchen
4649 Sunnyside Ave N, Room 140
Seattle, WA 98103

We also ask that all participants bring an appetizer, salad, dessert or drink to share with the group (please no bread products as we receive those by donation).

Participation in these events requires a certain level of commitment; we are cooking as a community and that includes work setting the room, cleaning up and of course the fun stuff of cooking and eating. We ask that all participants do their best to arrive by our start time of 5:30pm. If you are new to attending, you may want to arrive a few minutes early to find the bathrooms, stash you personal items and get comfortable with the set-up. If for whatever reason you cannot arrive on-time, please plan to stay with us to the end of the night to help with clean-up. Ideally we try and wrap up by 9pm  the ability to do this truly depends on each and every one of you and your commitment to step up and proactively keep us clean throughout the event.

As always, bring along your appetite and some containers for any leftovers. The WCSC is always in need of extra containers, please bring along your gently used and clean plastic yogurt, sour cream, salsa, etc. containers to contribute. A quick reminder, if you are ill, we ask that you use your good judgment; always remember to wash your hands carefully when handling food and especially after sneezing or blowing your nose.

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