The current open invitation for feast nights is varying days/dates (see this post or below for days/dates) dinner is served at 6 p.m. though folks are welcome to come by any time before to help and shower (we prefer showers to happen before dinner). Cooking might go on all day, though really starts in earnest at about 4 p.m. Most of the time, we try to wrap up around 9:00 p.m. because Paul is (was) used to going to bed at 9:30 p.m. We've also said folks are welcome to bring in their recycling to wash at the house.
This was the meal on 2/07/16 from Evan's post here. With yummy, garlicy kraut that Evan made and contributed!
Feast and shower nights grew out of a couple of things. I'm a food pusher, and I love to feed people. So having one night a week where folks who are out working hard out on the land are able to have a full, home-cooked, hot meal makes me happy.
Paul wants folks to have the opportunity to use a real bathroom and get together to visit, discuss a project, or play a game. Doing that combined with a lovely meal? That's even better.
Another thing about this is that Paul wants it to be a gift, not an obligation. A big part of the design is to avoid the breakfast with spiderman issue we had in the past.
Paul wrote this about feast nights last September (2015):
Further into the bucket of crazy I take with me everywhere I go: I specifically don't want this to be a potluck. I don't want people to have an obligation to bring something. Mostly because I am concerned that several people might bring something and several won't. And if I learn about the people that don't, then I would get angry. So I prefer something where it would just be a collection of gifts. Some people might choose to help with cooking stuff and some people might choose to help with cleaning stuff. Some people might want to bring something and some might like to just come and not worry about any of this.
The outpouring of gifts has been really lovely so far.
the gift of help in the kitchen - this is great because cooking for a 7 to 8 to 10 people requires a lot more chopping and prep time than cooking just for Paul and myself. Plus, I like to provide a really well-rounded meal for these things, or else it's not a feast, right?
--food prep - most everyone helps with the chopping, dicing, slicing, shredding, mixing, cooking starting at about 4 p.m.
--knife sharpening - oh, how useful/helpful/awesome is this!
--harvesting - just last week Kai and Sean helped by harvesting sunchokes for dinner
--dished and more dishes - there has been LOADS of help with this before and after the meal - yes. I so try NOT to be a crème fraiche chef (we use this term to mean a chef that COVERS the kitchen in dirty dishes), but sometimes it's hard to reign in the dirty dishes.
the gift of food
--Evan brought homemade kraut to share
--Fred brought fermented foods
--Josh brought creamed honey and rice and lentils
--folks have shared huckleberries they harvested nearby
--shoveling snow off the front walk
--cleaning the bathroom
(I know I'm missing other examples and if I've omitted your gift examples, I'm sorry!)
Thanks to everyone for these being very fun nights for me, even though I kind of haphazardly scramble to crank out these feasts while still working part of the day on other things. I must admit, I find cooking, even my slap-together style of it, much more fun than accounting.
For more general food info, see the public food and drink at the project thread.
Feast and shower nights are subject to change!
Edit: we decided to make this a public discussion. Additional edit to change from Monday nights to varying days/dates.
Jocelyn Campbell wrote:The current open invitation for feast nights is varying days/dates (see this post or below for days/dates) dinner is served at 6 p.m. though folks are welcome to come by any time before to help and shower (we prefer showers to happen before dinner). Cooking might go on all day, though really starts in earnest at about 4 p.m. Most of the time, we try to wrap up around 9:00 p.m. because Paul is (was) used to going to bed at 9:30 p.m. We've also said folks are welcome to bring in their recycling to wash at the house.
Additionally, folks are welcome to use the FPH washer and dryer starting at noon on Mondays. Paul asks that laundry and showers happen before dinner.
For anyone in the area, or who have been here before, you're welcome to join us! It helps if you let Jocelyn know (so we have enough plates, chairs, etc. - we might move to the shop for extra large groups) and bring something to share.
Edited to change from Mondays to varying days/dates.
Then Mondays started getting busier for me with my client work and it was stressful trying to both in one day. On Sundays, I don't have to respond to clients.
Plus, as someone pointed out, often times a weekend visitor will depart on a Monday, and miss the feast night. So we have a least a couple votes to move these to Sundays.
Monday, 10/31 Halloween
Thanksgiving, Thursday, 11/24 - dinner at 4 p.m. instead of 6 p.m.
Winter Solstice, Wednesday, 12/21 - start building gingerbread wofatis at 4 p.m. - songs anyone?
Christmas, Sunday, 12/25 - kind of an open house day - snacking foods available all day
Edited (again) to firm up dates and clarify details.
For all dates, come by for shower or laundry any time, dinner help welcome at 4 p.m., dinner starts promptly at 6 p.m.
paul and jocelyn gone mid-january
I missed posting about feast nights for the first part of February, so here are the next feast nights through April - though subject to change!
EDITx2: confirmed: Monday 04/17
For all dates, local friends welcome, too! (Please let Jocelyn know so we have enough chairs, etc.)
Residents, feel free to come by for shower or laundry any time, dinner help welcome around 4 p.m.
Dinner starts promptly at 6 p.m.
As Paul posted here, we had the pleasure of dining with Josiah Wallingford of PermaEthos and his dad, Bear Paw, bearpaw.com.
paul wheaton wrote:
roundwood work - like railings:
Our next feast night, April 23, 2017, will be with our next visitor, Nick Fouch, of Fouch-o-matic, - see Paul's post here, for more information.
Let Jocelyn know if you're wanting to join in so we have enough tables and chairs.
Then we will be in full PDC (PDC full description/webpage) and ATC (ATC full description/webpage) mode, so we'll coordinate with class schedules to have pot lucks with the classes then. Check the thread to discuss the PDC and ATC in case it's not posted here.
Edit 5/20/17: have to cancel the 5/22 feast night, though we might schedule a last-minute pot luck with the PDC or ATC classes!
Note, these are typically the cook's day OFF, so don't expect a huge main course from us as we have provided on feast nights in the past. Truly pot luck for these.
Sat. 6/3 - movie night, too?
Sat. 6/10 - PDC Talent Night!!
Fri. 6/23 - last day of ATC celebration
All dinner pot lucks start promptly at 6 p.m.
Move or talent night at 7 p.m.
Note that we might be a bit short on tables and chairs - especially during the PDC.