Vancouver's Leader in Transition toward Strong, Resilient, Complete Communities
Time: October 23, 2013 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Location: Kits and other Westside neighbourhoods
Event Neighbourhood and Type: kits village, westside, fairview, dunbar, pt. grey, arbutus ridge, drop-in spaghetti night, food, fun, meet your neighbours, food cycle, local food system
Organized By: Laura Lee Coles, Malin Hansen, Ross Moster, various hosts, Kits Village, and Village Vancouver
Latest Activity: Oct 18, 2013
Next spaghetti night near Cornwall and Vine-- Wed, Oct 23 hosted by Robyn and Nick.
Share a free meal w/neighbours, prepared by a neighbour. Last year, almost 200 people participated in over a dozen spaghetti nights and at the community-wide celebration. This year we anticipate the number will be close to 250.
This year, a series of several neighbourhood Drop-in "Spaghetti" Nights (DISN's) will be hosted by Kits Villagers and other VVers around Kits and elsewhere on the Westside, followed by a large community-wide DISN celebration at the monthly Kits House potluck at St. Marks on Nov 7. Hosts provide the meal, tracking where ingredients come from, and we'll collate how local our eating habits are and how DISN's are helping connect neighbours at the community celebration. (They’re called Drop-in “Spaghetti” nights, because many of the ones we've held in past years have involved serving spaghetti, but can involve any foods - e.g., Drop-in Rutabaga Night.)
Open to all, DISN's are especially aimed at neighbours living close to one another (w/in 2-3 blocks of a host).
This time 'round, there's an added emphasis on linking different aspects of our food cycle/local food system, including growing, processing, preparing, education, and waste management. Free seeds will be available from the Kits Village Seed Library for hosts wanting to "grow their DISN dinner". In many cases, ingredients will sourced fresh and locally -- oft times from the Kits Village Collaborative Garden and the Thurs Westside Community Food Market at 8th/Vine, where VV tables w/the Seed Library, Plastic Recycling Depot, and other goodies. And hosts will be encouraged to drop their packaged waste at the monthly Recycling Depot and their food scraps at the Collaborative Garden or at one of our weekly Food Scrap Drop Spots.
If you live on the Westside and would like to participate or host a DISN, please RSVP here, send your name and cross-streets to Ross at firstname.lastname@example.org, or sign-up at the VV table at the Westside Community Food Market. (Hosts receive $5 per person to create the meal.)
The 1st DISN was hosted by Malin and Dan (near 5th and Vine) on August 18th, with over 20 neighbours attending.
The 2nd "spaghetti" night was hosted by Jane and Justin (near 1st and Trafalgar) on Tuesday, September 10, with 14 neighbours attending.
The 3rd "spaghetti" night was hosted by Claudia and Mark near 8th and Balsam on Sunday, September 15, with 16 neighbours attending.
The 4th evening: 5th and Trafalgar hosted by Russell on Sept 23 with 14 neighbours attending.
The 5th evening: 1st and Larch hosted by Karly and Marcy on Sept 26th with 8 neighbours attending.
Times vary, but they're frequently from 6-8 pm.
Supported by a Green Neighbourhood Small Grant from the Vancouver Foundation and the City of Vancouver, administered by Kits Neighbourhood House.