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Slow Food plans anniversary potluck


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Slow Food Maumee Valley is celebrating its 10th anniversary with a potluck at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Toledo Botanical Garden, 5403 Elmer Drive. 

The event is free and will involve a review of past successes, planning for the future, honoring outgoing chapter president Paula Ross, and sharing a delicious meal.

As a member of Slow Food USA, this local group is dedicated to “good, clean, and fair food for all” and supports local food producers, encourages eating seasonally and growing sustainably, and advocates for wider accessibility to healthful food. 

Members and those interested in learning more are encouraged to come to the event.

For more information about the group or about the potluck, email slowfoodmaumeevalley@gmail.com or call meal coordinator and incoming chapter president Michael Leizerman at 419-243-1010. 

Go to bit.ly/​2fzvvCG to sign up for a dish to bring. Beverages (water, beer, wine, tea, and kombucha) and utensils will be provided.

St. George Cathedral Festival

On Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, enjoy handmade Middle Eastern foods, Arabic coffee, and some American treats at the St. George Cathedral Festival at 3754 Woodley Rd. The menu of dishes being prepared by congregants includes green beans with meat and rice, grape leaves, kibbi, kafta sandwiches, hummus, and salad. Handmade pastries will include date cookies, walnut-filled arroun cookies, baklava, and more.

Live music from Arctic Clam (7 to 9 p.m. Friday) and Grape Smugglers (7 to 9 p.m. Saturday) will add to the fun, as will belly dancing and Arabic music (5 to 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday). Church tours will be offered, and there will be face painting, sand art, a raffle, and games.

Festival hours are 5 p.m. to midnight Friday, 4 p.m. to midnight Saturday, and 1 to 7 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $5, with children under 10 years old welcome at no charge. For more information, call 419-475-7054.

Unmasking Mental Health

At 6 p.m. Sept. 7, sample cuisine and cocktails from more than 30 of the Toledo area’s top restaurants, all to benefit efforts to remove the stigma from mental health issues and raise funds to treat them. ProMedica is hosting Unmasking Mental Health 2 at International Park along the Maumee River. The event, held in conjunction with Harbor Behavioral Health, is in reponse to a Community Health Needs Assessment conducted at ProMedica hospitals that ranked psychiatric concerns as one of this area’s three most significant health issues.

Participating chefs and restaurants include 3 Dudes and Dinner, Bar 145, The Beirut, Byblos, Cynthia's Catering, Domo Sushi, Element 112, Evans Street Station, Fowl and Fodder, Georgio's Café International, Infinite Zen Coffee Co., Inverness Club, Koto Buki, Lamplight Café and Bakery/​Extra Virgin Food Services, La Scola, Burger Bar 419, M’ Osteria Bar and Lounge, Mancy's Italian Grill, Mancy's Steakhouse, Manhattan's Pub 'n Cheer, Poco Piatti, Registry Bistro, Rosie's Italian Grille, Sundown Cantina, the Blarney Irish Pub, the Next Sweet Thing, and Tree City Catering.

Tickets cost $250 per person ($100 for those under 40) and are available at giving.promedica.org/​unmaskingtickets. The bulk of the proceeds will support Chrysalis, a residential treatment facility for pregnant and post-partum women with addiction problems; a portion will also be used to support other local foundations.

For more information, contact Mona Shousher at 419-291-5424 or Mona.Shousher@ProMedica.org.

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