When will the first cookbook/guidebook be published? (And what’s happening while we wait?)
Publication of Tacoma Aroma: Savor the Flavor is planned for fall of 2019. Plan B, in case the schedule goes awry? Spring of 2020. When an official premier date is confirmed, we’ll let you know!
Meanwhile (as of January 4, 2019), chefs and mixologists are submitting recipes, tips, and seasonal pizza topping ideas. Partnerships are being confirmed with local nonprofit organizations that will receive 25.3% of the book profits. Photography begins soon. Tacoma Spoonscape stickers are being offered at local shops to help raise funds for publication. And all sorts of businessy-wuisnessy markety-warkety stuff is happening—like preparing to launch a crowd-funding campaign. (Because stickers are helpful, but you’d have to sell a bazillion of them to pay for publication of a book!)
Did I hear this is going to be a series?
You heard right!
The next book will showcase local eateries and producers who offer “Dog-friendly Dining,” such as food trucks or restaurants with outdoor seating, or who support animal welfare in other ways. Recipe contributors will share stories about their interactions with animals—whether those animals have hair, fur, feathers, fins, or scales. That book will benefit local nonprofit organizations that benefit Animal Welfare—in our homes, farms, zoos, or in the wild. Do you have a favorite local food-related business that supports animal welfare? We’d love to hear your suggestions!
The third book in the series will likely have an art theme and will benefit local Arts organizations. The idea is still in the works, but we’re thinking of pairing artists with chefs, to spur further creativity. We’d especially like to highlight young artists, perhaps partnering with local schools and inviting students to create works of art, whether those be object-oriented (paintings, photographs, sculptures, etc.) or performance-based (dance, music, theater, etc.) …Maybe there’d be a contest and the winning entries would be featured in the book. ~Something along those lines. Stay tuned.
You keep using that word, “local.” Do you only mean Tacoma?
When it comes to ingredient sources, we consider the Pacific Northwest to be our local food system.
In terms of restaurants, businesses, and nonprofits, we’re focused on the 253 area code, which centers on Tacoma but includes neighboring communities. That definition may expand in the future, depending on where the series goes after the first few books, but we’ll make sure to keep you updated!
The book is called Tacoma Aroma: Savor the Flavor…why are non-Tacoma restaurants included?
Although we consider ourselves Gritty Tacomans, our lives don’t halt at the city limits. We’ve collected favorite eateries from across the 253, and we want this series to reflect that broader community.
Plus, the industrial “Aroma of Tacoma” wafted beyond Tacoma’s boundaries. If nearby towns had to endure the stench back in the day, they should also enjoy the modern benefits of neighboring with T Town. 😉