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Fourth annual feast to preserve Valley farmland

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Chefs from restaurants operated by John Howie and Tom Douglas will join celebrated cooks from many top-rated bistros on the Eastside at Jubilee Farm in Carnation on Saturday, July 26, to prepare a feast for the annual Taste of the Valley.

The fourth annual banquet and auction to benefit the Snoqualmie Valley Preservation Alliance will feature products and produce grown and raised on family farms in the valley. Participating restaurants and vendors include the Herb Farm, Fall City Roadhouse, Copperleaf at Cedarbrook, Wildfin and Beecher’s Handmade Cheeses.

Chef John Howie participates in the annual fundraiser to show his support the efforts of farmers in the valley who sustain fresh produce for his restaurants.

“We need to do everything we can to keep family farms alive and thriving in our community,” Howie said.

Tickets are available online at This year’s event will feature entertainment from Americana blue grass band, Root5.  Cost is $85.

“The money we raise will enable us to organize and advocate for solutions to ensure long-term viability of this precious resource,” said Cynthia Krass, executive director of the non-profit Preservation Alliance.

Dan Obusan of City Catering is impressed with both the quality of the produce from the Valley, and how quickly it reaches him.“You can’t make delicious food without quality ingredients,” he said.

Chef Ben Riggs at the Fall City Roadhouse and Inn stressed the importance of protecting the family-owned farms in the Valley.

“Working with the farmers, with local foragers and with strictly local products has really brought the quality of the food at The Roadhouse to a new level,” he said.

The Snoqualmie Valley Preservation Alliance is committed to protecting the rural character and viability of farms, residents and businesses of the Snoqualmie River Valley.


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