Working as a chef for fifteen years, I can remember working all summer long in a hot kitchen. Barely seeing the sunlight while my friends and family were out enjoying the Pacific Northwest’s all too brief summer. So naturally any time we got a chance to work an outside catering event we would jump at the chance. One such event I had the privilege of working was the Sunset Supper in the Pike Place Market, a great event that supports a great cause.
Well it just so happens Brown Paper Tickets is selling tickets for this years installment which takes place on Friday, August 17. Sunset Supper in the Market has all of the important elements of a great summer event: food, libations, contests, music, and dancing. On top of all of that the proceeds support the work of the Pike Market Medical Clinic, Senior Center, Child Care & Preschool and Food Bank – vital services utilized by thousands of Seattle’s low-income and elderly residents.
If you aren’t able to attend this event or are not in the area don’t be sad; there are tons of great events happening this summer all over the place. Here are a few that caught my eye:
Sunday, July 29 I Carts and a Cold One – Eugene, Oregon
Friday, August 3 I 3rd Annual Paella in the Park – Traverse City, Michigan
Friday, August 3 I Summer Fruit Desserts 2.0 – Now We’re Cookin’ – Evanston, Illinois
Saturday, August 4 I Endless Summer – Portland, Oregon
Wednesday, August 8 I Summer BBQ Series – Carlsbad, California
Sunday, August 12 I Farm Table Dinners @ Green Dirt Farm – Weston, Missouri
Friday, August 17 I Sunset Supper at the Market – Seattle, Washington
Now don’t think for one minute I forgot you hard-working kitchen types or those of you that are putting on your own events. I have included a recipe for one of my favorite things to drink in the heat or really, anytime for that matter. Remember, a recipe is just a guideline so feel free to make it yours by adding a few of your favorite berries, substituting sweeteners, or adding your favorite liquor or sparkling wine. There is an infinite number of combinations to try. I hope you enjoy!
1 Cantaloupe Melon (peeled, seeded, and cubed)
2 quarts Cold Water
1/4 Cup-1/2 Cup Sugar (or to taste)
*Add the cubed melon to the blender with 1 cup of cold water, Blend on high until completely smooth.
*Pour about 1 quart of cold water into a large pitcher.
*Strain the melon purée through a mesh sieve directly into the pitcher. You may need to stir the purée in the sieve to separate the remaining liquid from the solids. Discard anything remaining in the mesh.
*Stir the 1 quart of water and melon mixture to combine.
*Add sugar to taste, stirring well to make sure that the sugar completely dissolves.
*If needed, add additional cold water to taste. (be sure to start small you can always add more)
*Cover and refrigerate until well chilled. As an alternative, you may wish to reduce the amount of water and add some ice cubes.
*For a refreshing adult beverage, add your favorite liquor such as vodka or rum.