Eat the Invaders: Chef Dinner Featuring Japanese Knotweed

Monday April 8th, 2019 @ 5:30pm


Chefs around the world delight in the unlimited ways to use shoots, stalks, leaves, flowers and roots of this plant that conservationists curse.

Chef Andy Catalano of Alimento Astoria will grace us with multiple approaches to this versatile plant. Those who know chef Andy know he can wow through pickling and preserving, combining the freshest local ingredients into tasty dishes, and pulling together amazing pairings through sauces. Chefs from Salmonberry Saloon are on deck to add their touches from the savory to the sweet!

This multi-course meal (with dessert!) will be interspersed with brief talks from Tao Orion, author of Beyond the War on Invasive Species, and leaders from Lower Nehalem Watershed Council and Tillamook Estuaries Partnership who are working to improve our regional ecosystems. Please also consider attending the accompanying book talks in Astoria and Manzanita on Sunday the 7th.

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Salmonberry Saloon Presents
New Orleans Blues Legend
Sunday August 13th
Multi-talented Grammy Award-winning blues artist, producer, composer and actor Chris Thomas King was born in 1962. He grew up among the finest blues musicians in the genre at his father's south Louisiana juke joint Tabby's Blues Box and Heritage Hall, and began touring with artists like Buddy Guy and B. B. King in his teens. King has recorded numerous albums and toured internationally for more than 35 years. His slide acoustic guitar is unparalleled on Robert Johnson's Cross Road Blues. 

As a respected actor and film composer, Chris garnered high praise for his role as Delta blues man Tommy Johnson in his film debut O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000) and won several awards, including Country Music and Grammy Awards for his contribution to the score. He followed up this success with a strong supporting role in the Oscar Winning Ray Charles biopic, Ray, playing band leader Lowell Fulson and scoring the music for the movie with Ray Charles. He played the role of Blind Willie Johnson in the award winning Martin Scorsese PBS series The Blues and has been featured in or produced and starred in a number of other films and documentaries.