When: Saturday 5-8 pm, August 3, 2019
What: Invasive Species Cook-off contest, catered buffet dinner from Kalamata Bistro featuring invasives and meat and vegetarian dishes, live music, Invasive Species beverage competition, and kid activities including lawn games, face painting and piñata! As long as you are not a professional chef or brewer, enter the Cook-off or Beverage contests - you could win a prize! See Cook-off Contest details, below.
Why: You've heard of invasive species - when plants and animals are introduced to areas without their natural enemies, they can crowd out our native species. They cost the US over $120 billion annually to control. We raise awareness of these species in a deliciously fun way that features invasive plants and animals.
CLICK HERE to watch a great video about our Cook-Off on Oregon Field Guide. Thank you OPB!
Visit our 2018 Cook-off blog post to see photos from the event!
2018 Cook-off Contest Winners:
Savory Vegetarian: Elizabeth Silverwolf – Wild Nettle Crescent Buns and Mustard Blossom Butter
Savory Meat: Andrew Esterson – Nutria Chile Verde
Dessert: Laura Cummings - Blackberry-Basil Tart
Beverage: Mousa Diabet - French-style saison with Queen Anne’s lace
Thank you 2018 Cook-off Contest Entrants: Andrew Esterson, Randall Bonner, Peter Kenagy, Zach Amavisca, Sara Lovtang, Denise Giles, Michelle Delepine, Elizabeth Silverwolf, Anna Ramthun, Tom Kaye, Jenny Hawkins, Laura Cummings, Courtney Shaff, Brad Loveland, Ruth Johns, Lisa Schomaker, Debbie Johnson, Michel Wiman, Bob Hansen, Matt Bahm, Mousa Diabet, Gene Evers
We couldn’t host the Contest without our judges: Mayor Biff Traber, Karl Hartzell, Michelle Delepine, Matthew Paroulek, David Zahler, Rebecca Landis, Alan Thornhill, and Deb Merchant.
SPONSORS: This is our biggest fundraiser of the year. If you or your business would like to help, you can submit a raffle prize, or sponsor the event. Call Michel at 541-53-3099 x 701 or email michelw 'at' appliedeco.org for ways you can get involved!
Cook-off Dish & Beverage Contest Details:
If you make a mean blackberry pie, dandelion wine, crayfish etouffee, nutria stew, knotweed IPA, fried bullfrog legs or anything else that contains invasive species, then you could win an award! Please, no professional entrants, thanks! Amateurs only. Click here for the Entry Form.
Dish entry categories:
- Savory Vegetarian
- Savory Meat
Notes: Please make enough of your dish to have several healthy portions for judging and sampling. Bring your dish with you to the Cook-off, and submit it to the Contest table. Need recipe ideas? Check out They’re Cooked, our invasive species cookbook, for some delicious dish ideas!
Brewed beverage categories (Please note we cannot accept distilled spirits):
- Alcoholic (open-style competition)
- Non-alcoholic beverage brewed with an invasive species
Notes: Beverage entries only (not dishes) are due by 5 pm the day before the event at the IAE office. Examples of past years' beverage entries include: Queen Anne's lace ale, purple varnish clam stout, blackberry wine, scotch broom ale, blackberry kombucha, mint lemonade, etc. Questions? Call Matt at 541-753-3099 x 703.
This event is a fundraiser for the Institute for Applied Ecology, a 501(c)(3) non-profit. Your donations are tax-deductible and directly support IAE's on-the-ground habitat and species conservation programs.