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Seattle Hosts Celebration of Washington Cheesemakers Saturday

Will you be in the Seattle area this weekend?

(Or do you need an excuse to be there?)

The first – and we hope annual! – Washington Artisan Cheesemakers Festival is being held at the Seattle Design Center on Saturday afternoon. Featuring 20 Washington cheesemakers, the event gives enthusiasts the opportunity to meet the artisans and learn more about what makes their cheeses unique.

And – *ahem* – taste one or two along the way.

Foodtree is delighted to help the festival by providing technical support – including providing QR Codes for the tasting booths to help the new fans find where to buy their favourites!

Here’s just a small sample of what’s on offer:

Mt Townsend Creamery

Mt Townsend Creamery, one of the larger Washington producers, has just recently opened up a tasting space in Pike Market. They are perhaps best known for the soft-ripened Seastack, which uses vegetable ash ahead of ripening.  It’s a popular offering and graces the cheese plates of many a fine restaurant around Washington and beyond.

Mt Townsend's Seastack is dusted in vegetable ash prior to ripening.

Golden Glen Creamery

Golden Glen Creamery, out of Bow, WA, sources milk from their own herd of Holstein, Guernsey and Jersey cows to make their range of artisan cheese. In addition to their farm store, you can find the cheese at Alder Wood BistroMadison Park Conservatory and many small grocers and food coops around Washington.

River Cheddar double cream cheddar from Golden Glen Creamery

Kurtwood Farms

Dinah’s Cheese from Kurtwood Farms has received consistent accolades over its lifetime. Kurt Timmermeister, a chef turned cheese maker, has recently released the book “Growing a Farmer” about his transition to living off the land that contributes to Dinah’s Cheese. His food philosophy? Eat “the very best foods in the very best ways.”

River Valley Cheese

River Valley cow and goat milk cheeses can be found across in specialty grocers, PCC and Whole Foods in Washington. One of their most popular is the Naughty Nellie raw milk tomme – a cheese that has been bathed in local Pike Brewery’s ale of the same name. Not only is their raw milk artisan cheeses winning several awards, they also offer cheesemaking classes to try your hand at it at home.

Raw milk artisan cheese from River Valley

And what is a cheese tasting without something to help wash it down? Local breweries, wineries and cideries will be on hand to advise in pairings, and artisans are providing bread, crackers, jams and sweets to accompany the cheeses.

If you’re heading to the Washington Artisan Cheese Festival – Why not grab our free iPhone app and snap a picture to keep track of your favourites? And look out for me – I’ll be there the afternoon, snapping pictures and learning a thing or two myself!

Event Details:

Washington Artisan Cheese Festival

Saturday 7th April 2012, 12pm-6pm.

Seattle Design Center

5701 6th Avenue South

Seattle, WA 98108

21+ only. Buy advance tickets here ($35) – limited tickets will be available at the door $40. Price of admission includes cheese tastings and 3 drinks for beer, cider or wine. 

SXSW Where to Eat Map, a collaboration with Food+Tech Connect, Eat Well Guide, and Animal Welfare Approved

South by Southwest Interactive is a yearly conference in Austin, Texas that brings together engineers, entrepreneurs, and technology companies looking to share best practices, see emerging trends, and connect over the exciting developments happening around the world. Anthony, our CEO, is in Austin this weekend taking in the event, so if you’re there and want to connect you can ping him on twitter: @tonynicalo

Where to Eat in Austin

We got together with Food+Tech Connect, Eat Well Guide, and the Animal Welfare Approved to cultivate a list of stand-out food spots in town, and you might be surprised to hear it’s not all barbecue! Head to to install the app on any mobile phone and to consult the list while you’re looking for your next meal.

The collaboration on the mobile app culminates tomorrow night during a special dinner event called Networked Food System. The gathering will welcome innovators, entrepreneurs, government officials and food systems experts to a delicious dinner and conversation about the direction our food system is headed. Our team tracked down the origin of all the food served during their meal and included that in the app well.

Below are some screenshots from the SXSW Where to Eat app and the menu being served tomorrow night at the NFS dinner.

If you’re in Austin this weekend make sure you drop by the Better Food Through Open Data Standards panel tomorrow at 12:30pm to hear Anthony and a panel of experts discuss how recipe sites, restaurant menu wranglers, open government developers, urban agronomists, provenance geeks and food policy activists are collaborating on an interoperable standard.

If you missed TEDxManhattan “Changing The Way We Eat”, here’s a visual summary. #tedxman

We spent part of this past Saturday watching the TEDxManhattan event from afar, thanks to the real-time feed that attendees provided to us on Twitter. Below is a collection of those tweets, using a story aggregation tool from our friends at Storify:

Event: Fancy Food Show in San Francisco #WFFS12

This weekend our CEO Anthony will be joining the thousands of food lovers attending the Winter Fancy Food Show in San Francisco, running from Sunday to Tuesday of next week. Each year the 17,000+  #WFFS12 attendees discover more than 80,000 products featuring the world’s finest foods and beverages from more than 1,300 exhibitors representing 35+ countries.

We’ve added the event to Foodtree to allow attendees and vendors to share their experience with food lovers worldwide.

  • Photos can be shared to Twitter, Facebook, and Foodtree all at once!
  • Use the comments to share thoughts and questions about the food you’re seeing.
  • Tagging photos with exhibitors will feed those photos onto their profile pages.
  • Grab the free iPhone app here!

Below you’ll see the Connections map for the event, which visualizes the food businesses that will attend the event on one map. This map is an example of the maps recently released to our website for claimed profiles.

The Fancy Food Show Winter 2012 Foodtree in San Francisco

Truly worldwide! Click the map image (or here) to see the interactive version on Foodtree.

Click here to find out why so many food businesses are claiming their Foodtree profiles.

You can find more details on the event at their website, or follow them on twitter and watch the event hashtag #WFFS12. Please reach out to Anthony if you’re attending so you get a chance to connect. You can email him here or click here to tweet him a message.

Our Progress During The Open Food Hack Day

This weekend Foodtree hosted Vancouver’s Open Data Hack Day event; thanks to everyone who attended throughout the day.

A number of projects took place and a number of datasets were hacked on. Everything from garbage pick up times to bicycle accident statistics were given attention, and thanks to the culinary skills of Sarah we were all treated to a delicious Indian lunch and a slow-cooked pulled pork sandwich dinner feast. It was a Gourmet Hack Day, if you will.

Open Food Data

Our team and a large group of food lovers hacked on food data together, making some great progress in the movement to get an international open food data effort under way.

The technical group spent the day focused on shipping a working API tailored to developers who want to leverage large food datasets.  We’d collected some sample datasets prior to the event, and more were added throughout the day.

You can see the preliminary API and datasets here. Feel free to contribute!

The non-technical attendees spent the day working on user stories, with the intent of prioritizing common themes among the ways real people might get value out of an open data standard and its affect on food applications.

A set of questions and problem statements was developed, and from there we identified the elements that are involved in answering them. We further prioritized a short list of those elements that were the most prevalent:

cost to purchase – pricing information
allergenic properties
nutrient list/makeup
supply chain insights
where are you – location relevance
certification bodies and their standards
popularity/social data – how do my friends feel about this food?
origin details (who/what/when)
production methods

You can see all of this work in the Open Food Wiki.

A Growing Community

A huge thanks go out to everyone who pitched in; in all we had about 20 people working on food throughout the day. We’d love for more food advocates and developers to join the effort, so if you’re interested you should join the Open Food Google Group to see the ongoing discussion of progress, priorities, and events.

Photo by Kp on Foodtree.