SLEE Dinner

CAGJ’s 8th Annual Strengthening Local Economies Everywhere Dinner: Celebrating Fisherfolk in the Food Sovereignty Movement

Even the Crows Were Curious by Nikki McClureJoin us for CAGJ’s annual Food Justice dinner! Enjoy a delicious meal made with local and Fair Trade ingredients while learning about relevant issues and networking with small-scale farmers, fishers, advocates and allied organizations. Support your local economy and be part of the vibrant food justice community by buying a ticket today.

Tickets on sale now:
SAT July 26th, 2014
University Christian Church- 4731 15th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98105
Keynote – “Who Feeds Us Matters: Fishers and Farmers Taking Back Control of Our Food Supply” – by Niaz Dorry, Coordinating Director, North Atlantic Marine Alliance (NAMA)

Schedule of Events:
Happy Hour 5:00-6:30: Enjoy libations, live music, complimentary hors d’oeuvres, a Silent Auction, and the opportunity to acquaint yourself with featured food justice organizations and groups promoting urban agriculture, food sovereignty and Fair Trade.

Dinner 6:30-9:00: Enjoy a scrumptious locally sourced and Fair Trade meal prepared by CAGJ Chefs, Local 360, Madre’s Kitchen, & Community Kitchens Northwest. The Dessert Auction featuring 40 different desserts will make your mouth water!

Sliding scale $40-$100. Please be generous in your support! We want to make this event accessible to everyone while also recognizing the need for us to raise crucial funds. Paying at the $100 level will support a farmer/food worker. This gives you entry and also ensures that a local member of our food economy can be an honored guest at our event. Kids are only $10!
*If you are unable to afford a full-price ticket, please contact us for solidarity tickets.

Support the SLEE Dinner:
Help PublicizeShare the Facebook Event!
Be a Table Captain! Fill a table for 10 people
Donate to the Silent Auction! An experience, cabin get-away, massage, gift certificate, garden stuff….
Make a dessert for the Dessert Auction!

Volunteers needed!
Volunteer power makes this dinner possible! There are lots of ways to be involved. Examples include: Getting the word out about the dinner by handing out flyers at local farmers’ markets and other events; Securing donations from local businesses and farms; Serving or prepping food at the dinner. Interested in learning more? Contact for more information!


Thank you for helping to make CAGJ’s 7th Annual ”Strengthening Local Economies, Everywhere!” Dinner a huge success!

In 2013, SLEE highlighted the the accelerating struggles of fast food workers and restaurant workers in general, as well as the struggle of Familias Unidas por la Justicia – Sakuma Farms’ berry pickers who are currently fighting for just working conditions. Saru Jayaraman, of the Restaurant Opportunities Center United (ROC-U) and author of Behind the Kitchen Door, gave a spectacular keynote (watch it here!) on the conditions of restaurant work around the nation and the opportune time we are at to fight for change in the industry. Familias Unidas leaders shared their ongoing struggle, and local Burger King worker Jason Harvey also spoke on recent fast food industry struggles in Seattle.

To learn more about ROC, watch this excellent short video.

To learn ways to support Familiar Unidas por la Justicia/Sakuma berry pickers’ ongoing struggles, click here.



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Sponsors: Central Co-op, Equal Exchange, New Roots Organics, People’s Memorial Funeral Cooperative, Real Change, Seattle Metropolitan Credit Union, UFCW Local 21, Working Washington

Community Partners: Community Kitchens Northwest, Community to Community Development, Hilltop Urban Gardens, Just Garden Project, Neighborhood Farmers Market Alliance, Northwest Farm Bill Action Group, Readers to Eaters, Seattle CISPES, SLICE, Slow Food Seattle, Solid Ground / Lettuce Link, UniteHERE Local 8, Washington Fair Trade Coalition, YES! Magazine, 1.800 Flowers

THANK YOU to the Farms, Creameries, Bakeries, Wineries, Breweries, Fair Trade purveyors & others who donated their very fine food & drink to CAGJ!

Community Kitchens Northwest & CAGJ volunteers

Hors d’oeuvres courtesy of Kaspar’s
Dishes donated by
Cafe Flora, in partnership with Local Roots Farm
Madre’s Kitchen, in partnership with Growing Washington

41 Legs Urban Farm, Alvarez Farms, Blong Farm, Clean Greens, Elysian Brewery, Equal Exchange, Essential Baking Co., Field Roast, Grateful Food Farms, Jubilee Biodynamic Farm, Loki Fish Co., Mac and Jacks, Madre’s Kitchen, Mt. Townsend Creamery, Nash’s Organic Produce, Olsen Farms, Oxbow Farms, Pacifica, Small River Farm, Tall Grass Bakery, That Brown Girl Cooks, Tony Miles, Xia Chas, Willapa Hills Cheese, Youa Her, Young Farm


Alison Booth, Alma Dea Michelena, Amelia Swinton, Andrew Simonetti, Ann Anagnost, Bill Aal, Chaco Canyon Café, Donna Lewen, Elena Perez, Essential Baking Co., Grand Central Baking Co., Jessie Wesley, Krista Lee Hanson, Kristyn Joy, Laura Titzer, Little Rae’s Bakery, Lynn Sereda, Michelle Primley Benton, Mighty-O Donuts, Montlake Mousse, Nan Geer, Nina Triffleman, Phil Bereano, Reid Mukai, Ross Kirschenbaum, Scandinavian Specialties


2nd Base, ACT Theater, Agua Verde Cafe and Paddle Club, Alchemy Goods, Ann Anagnost, Bastyr University Bookstore, Bikram Yoga at the SweatBox, Breitenbush, Brenda Asterino, Cascadian Edible Landscapes, Center for Wooden Boats, Central Cinema,, Chinook Compost Tea, Chris Iberle, Clean Greens Farm, Community Acupuncture Project, Eat Local, El Quetzal, Elaine Nonneman, Elliot Bay Bookstore & Café, Experience Music Project, Fleet Feet Sports, Freehold Theater, Heather Day, Hoodsport Winery, Hothouse Spa & Sauna, Jane Paulson, Massage Heights Ballard, Mata Traders, McMenamins, Melissa Young and Mark Dworkin, Metro Dog, Monster Art and Clothing, Montlake Bike Shop, Morning Glory Chai, Munchen Haus Bavarian Grill and Icicle Brewery, NW Film Forum, PCC, Ramona Golinveaux, Rat City Rollergirls, Readers to Eaters, Restore, Sarah Ruether, SAVOUR Specialty Foods, Scarecrow Video, Seattle Aquarium, Seattle Public Theater, Seattle Rep, Seattle Shakespeare Company, Seattle Storm, Seattle Sounders, Southside Booty Camp, STG Paramount/Moore Theatre, The Hi-Spot, Tibetan Nuns Project, UKUSH, Whole Life Yoga, Woodland Park Zoo, WSU Snohomish County Extension

Thanks to everyone for making CAGJ’s 6th Annual Strengthening Local Economies Everywhere! (SLEE) Dinner a great success!

In 2012 we highlighted the publication of the second edition of our book, Our Food, Our Right: Recipes for Food Justice. Two contributors to the book, Valerie Segrest and Elise Krohn from the Northwest Indian College Traditional Plants and Foods Program, were our keynote speakers.  Valerie also founded the Muckleshoot Food Sovereignty Project.  Through their work on health and social justice, Valerie and Elise aim to reintroduce traditional foods into the diets of native people in the Pacific Northwest.

Click here to watch their keynote in this link.

Read more about Elise and Valerie’s important work at these links:
Elise Krohn blog:
Valerie Segrest blog:
Click here to watch Director Heather Day’s opening remarks.

Thank You 2012 Event Sponsors

Sponsors: Central Co-op (Madison Market), Loki Fish Co., Organic Valley Pacific NW CROPP Cooperative, Real Change, Seattle Metropolitan Credit Union, UFCW Local 21, Washington Sustainable Food and Farming Network

Community Partners: African-American Kenyan Women’s Interconnect, Antioch’s Center for Creative Change, Black Dollar Days Task Force/Clean Greens Farm Project, Chinook Book, Farestart, Food Lifeline, Just Garden, Lettuce Link/Solid Ground, Readers to Eaters, Seattle CISPES, Seattle Farm Co-op, Seattle Tilth, Slow Food Seattle, Sustainable Ballard, Sustainable Capital Hill, Village Volunteers, Washington Fair Trade Coalition, Witness for Peace, Yes! Magazine

THANK YOU to the Farms, Creameries, Bakeries, Wineries, Breweries, Fair Trade purveyors & others who donated their very fine food & drink to CAGJ!

Chef Ryan Miller, Fare Start
with Community Kitchens Northwest & CAGJ volunteers

Hors d’oeuvres courtesy of Kaspar’s
Dishes donated by
Art of the Table, in partnership with Local Roots Farm
Madre’s Kitchen, in partnership with Growing Washington

Amaranth Farm, Georgetown Brewing, Field Roast, Alvarez Farms, Terrie’s Berries, La Panzanella, Tall Grass Bakery, Beecher’s Handmade Cheese, Clean, Greens, Tiny’s, Olsen Farms, Loki Fish Co., Jubilee Biodynamic Farm, Nash’s Organic Produce, Oxbow Farms, Organically Grown Company, Tony Miles, Alter Eco, Equal Exchange, Golden Harvest The Bee Ranch, Grateful Food Farms, Moua Farm

Amelia Swinton, Ariel Friedman, Ashley Fent, Bill Aal, Breanne Gearheart, Chaco Canyon Café, Donna Lewen, Elena Perez, Emily Dolittle, Erica Bacon, Grand Central Baking Company, Irwin’s Neighborhood Bakery & Coffee Shop, Karen Cowgill, Krista Lee Hanson, Kristyn Joy, Laura Titzer, Little Rae’s Bakery, Macrina Bakery, Maria Teresa Abreu-Blanco, Maya Gillet, Michelle Conklin, Mighty-O Donuts, Mike Graham-Squire, Nathalie von Veh, Phil Bereanom, Seattle Culinary Academy, Shannon Tyman, Theo Chocolate, World Pizza

ACT, Agua Verde Cafe and Paddle Club, Awareness Massage, Becky Selengut, Big Dipper Wax Works, Bill Speidel’s Underground Tour, Brenda Asterino, Cafe Flora, Cedarbrook Lodge and Copperleaf Restaurant, Center for Wooden Boats, Century Ballroom, Chefshop, Chinook Compost Tea, Dakara Kies, Elaine Nonneman, Elise Krohn, Fai Coffin, Get in Touch Massage Therapy, Greenhome Solutions, Greg Elkerton, Henry Art Gallery, Hoodsport Winery, Kids on 45th, Leslie Korn, Local 360, Lotus Massage, Madres Kitchen, Mata Traders, Mauricio Berho, McMenamins, Mighty-O Donuts, Montlake Bike Shop, Morning Glory Chai, Munchen Haus/Icicle Brewing Company, Nan Geer, Nature’s Helper Northwest, NW Film Forum, On The Boards, Organic Valley, PCC Natural Markets, Pike Brewing Co., Rat City Rollergirls, Readers to Eaters, Roger Ferdandes, Scarecrow Video, Seattle Public Theater, Seattle Rep, Seattle Shakespeare Company, Seattle Storm, Sounders , South (restaurant), Southside Booty Camp, Suzie Bjork, Swift Industries, Tall Grass Bakery, Taproot Theatre Company, Terra Organics, Territorial Seed Company, Tessa Hulls, The Bikery, The Brooklyn Seafood, Steak, & Oyster House, Tibetan Nuns Project, Whole Life Yoga, Woodland Park Zoo, WSU Snohomish County Extension

Thank You 2011 Event Sponsors

Thank You 2011 Community Partners!

Alleycat Acres, Black Dollar Days Task Force/Clean Greens Farm Project, Cascadian Edible Landscapes, City Fruit, Community Kitchens Northwest, Creatives for Community/GroundUP, EcoPraxis, FEEST Program at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, Hilltop Urban Gardens (HUG), Just Garden, Lettuce Link/Solid Ground, Neighborhood Farmers Market Alliance, Readers to Eaters, Seattle CISPES-Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador, Seattle Good Business Network, Seattle Tilth, Tools for Change, U.S. Women & Cuba Collaboration, Village Volunteers, Washington CASH, Washington Farmworker Housing Trust, Witness for Peace Northwest, Yes! Magazine

Thank You 2011 Farm & Food Donors!

Chef Ryan Miller, Community Kitchens NW & FEEST Youth
41 Legs Urban Farm, Alm Hill Gardens, Alter Eco, Equal Exchange, Alvarez Organic Farms, Beechers Handmade Cheese, Café Flora, emmer&rye, Essential Baking Co., Field Roast Grain Meat Co., Fremont Brewing Company, Gabrielle Roesch & Joe McNally, Golden Harvest The Bee Ranch, Growing Washington, Kaspar’s, Local Roots Farm, Loki Fish Co., Lyall Farm, Madres Kitchen, Magaña Farm, Mt. Townsend Creamery, Nash’s Organic Produce, Organically Grown Company, Oxbow Farm, Preston Hill Bakery, Tahoma Farm, Tall Grass Bakery, Terrie’s Berries, Tony Miles, Willie Green’s Organic Farm

Thank you for making the 4th annual Community Alliance for Global Justice dinner a great success in 2010!

See and hear the key-note, Ben Burkett, 4th generation Mississippi farmer, leader in the Federation of Southern Cooperatives, President of National Family Farm Coalition and active in La Via Campesina, the international movement of peasants struggling for food sovereignty:

Youtube video of 8/7/10 KEXP Mind Over Matters interview here

Pirate TV video of Ben Burkett’s Keynote,  “Connecting US and African Farmers for Food Sovereignty”, at CAGJ’s 8/7/10 Strengthening Local Economies Everywhere Dinner, Aired Monday 8/16/10 8-9pm PST.  Find link here

Thanks to our 2010 Event Sponsors!

Thanks to our 2010 Community Partners!

Adorable Seattle, Agua Verde Café and Paddle Club, Alter-Eco, American Friends Service Committee, Art & Architecture, Art of Subtlety Photography, Barsuk Records, Big Dipper Wax Works, Bill Seidel’s Underground Tour, Black Dollar Days/Clean Greens Farm, Cafe Flora, Canlis, Center for Wooden Boats, Chinook Book, Choice Organic Teas, City Fruit, Clover Toys, Cooper the Photographer Cat, Creativitea, DRY soda, Eat Local, Elizabeth Chaison LMP, Endangered Species Chocolate, Experience Music Project, F/8.3 Photography, FireFly Kitchens, Forest Life Creations, FreeRange Cycles, Fremont Brewing Company, FRESH, Gluten-Free Girl, Got Soup?, Grand Central Baking Company, Great City, Growing Things Farm, Hoodsport Winery, Hot Cakes, Kaspars Special Events & Catering, Le Gourmand, Lettuce Link/Solid Ground, Local Roots, Loki Fish Company, Mark Isakson, Methow Dog Treats, Mickey McReynolds, Morning Glory, Moving Images, Nash’s Organic Produce, Neighborhood Farmers Market Alliance, Nettletown, Newground Social Investment, Not A Number Cards & Gifts, NW Film Forum, On the Boards, Organically Grown Company, Oxbow Farm, P-Patch Program, PaddyWag Photography, PCC Farmland Trust, Pike Place Brewing, Portage Bay Café, Portage Bay Goods, Puget Sound Sage, Re-Store, Reclaim the Media, Rural Roots, Salish Sea Trading Cooperative, Samish Bay Creamery, Sara Koopman, Schocolat, Seattle Aquarium, Seattle Audubon Society, Seattle CISPES, Seattle Food Tours, Seattle Good Business Network, Seattle Tilth, Sightline Institute, Slow Food Seattle, Sno-Valley Tilth, Sol Colibri. Sound Home Performance, Sugarlump Shop, Sustainable Seattle, Tahoma Farms, Tall Grass Bakery, Taylor Shellfish Farms, Ten Thousand Villages, The Bikery, The Charity Stripe, Tools for Change, Urban Goat Justice League, Victrola Coffee, Village Volunteers, Washington Fair Trade Coalition, Washington State Unitarian Universalist Voices for Justice, Washington Sustainable Food and Farming Network, Witness for Peace, Yes! Magazine, Yoga Life, Zipcar

THANK YOU 2009 Co-sponsors!

Madison Market, KBCS 91.3fm, Equal Exchange, New Roots Organics

BALLE Seattle, Cascadian Edible Landscapes, Central Co-op’s Madison Market, Chef’s Collaborative, Earthwise, Equal Exchange, Food Not Bombs, Growing WA, iLEAP: The Center for Critical Service, KBCS 91.3 FM Community Radio, Lettuce Link/ Solid Ground, Organically Grown Company, Organized Workers for Labor Solidarity, Neighborhood Farmers Market Alliance, Nepalese Paper, New Roots Organics, NW Energy Coalition, PCC Farmland Trust, Reclaim the Media, Seattle CISPES, Seattle East Timor Relief Association, Slow Food Seattle, Sustainable Cascadia, Tools for Change,  Umojafest P.E.A.C.E. Center, United Food and Commercial Workers Local 21, U.S. Women & Cuba Collaboration, Village Volunteers, Washington Fair Trade Coalition, WA State Food and Nutrition Council, Witness for Peace, Yes! Magazine.

THANK YOU to everyone who donated food & drink in 2009!

See this link for for a map showing the location of all donors!

Alm Hill Gardens, Growing Washington, Hedlin Family Farms, Skagit Fresh, Mother Flight Farm, Silvana Crossing, Garden Treasures, Growing Things, Oxbow Farm, Local Roots, Full Circle Farm, Jubilee Biodynamic Farm, Nature’s Last Stand, Island Meadow Farm, Rockridge Orchards, Kirsop Farm, Sidhu Farms, Billy’s Garden, Jessie’s Berries, Taylor Shellfish, Loki Fish Co., Blong Cha, Trixie Bakes

Portage Bay Café, Madres Kitchen, Kaspar’s

Appel Cheese, Golden Glen Creamery, Estrella Creamery, Beechers Cheese

Tall Grass Bakery, Great Harvest Bread Company, Essential Bakery

Equal Exchange, Alter Eco

BEER: Pike Place Brewery

THANK YOU 2008 Farm & Food Donors!

Farm Donations – Willie Greens Organic Farm ~ Nash’s Organic Produce ~ Billy’s Gardens ~ Stoney Plains Farm ~ Blong Cha’s Garden ~ Alm Hill Gardens ~ Growing Things ~ Full Circle Farm ~ Oxbow Farm ~ Lyall Farms ~ Tonnemaker Orchards ~ Jubilee Biodynamic Farm ~ Rock Prairie Herb Garden ~ Growing WA



Fish – Wilson Fish ~ Loki Fish Co. ~ Taylor Shellfish

CheeseEstrella Family Creamery ~ Samish Bay Creamery ~ Port Madison Creamery ~ Mt. Townsend Creamery ~ Golden Glen Creamery

Bread – Essential Baking Company ~ Tall Grass Bakery


Restaurants – Kaspars ~ La Medusa ~ Portage Bay Cafe ~ Chef Seth Caswell, President, Seattle Chefs Collaborative

Fair Trade – Grounds for Change ~ Alter Eco

Libations – Pike Pub & Brewery ~ Red Barn Cider ~ Tulip Valley Winery ~ Eagle Haven Winery ~ Hoodsport Winery