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Nourish yourself while nourishing Whidbey Island children

RECORD STAFF

Whidbey Island Nourishes romances Valentine’s Day again this year at Useless Bay Coffee Company in Langley on Thursday, Feb. 14.

Owner Des Rock and his wife, Tracy, have supported Whidbey Island Nourishes since the organization began making lunches as after-school food for kids on South Whidbey five years ago.

This year’s Valentine salute is a party with food, entertainment, a cozy atmosphere and a romantic opportunity to treat a loved one to an evening out.

The menu begins with a carrot duo a spiced carrot bisque dressed with cumin crème fraiche and parsnip chips and a pickled carrot salad followed by house smoked game hen in a Moroccan spice rub, dried cherry couscous with a cherry demi-glaze and tzatziki.

A chocolate lava cake with chilli espresso, crème anglaise, with an almond tuile which is a thin crisp cookie on top covered with a white chocolate and raspberry drizzle and Useless Bay coffee ends the festive meal.

Tickets to this year’s Valentine’s Party may be purchased by calling 730-2749 or 221-6314. All proceeds benefit Whidbey Island Nourishes.

Patron tickets are $100 or $85 for general tickets. Seating is limited.

The business communities of South Whidbey, Clinton, Langley and Freeland have rallied to help Whidbey Island Nourishes raise funds to reach its goal of providing healthful food to children in the island community.

No cost sandwiches, fresh fruit, yogurt and healthy home-made snacks are distributed through vending machines to tide hungry kids over between meals providing an alternative to junk food.

A volunteer roster of more than 100 Whidbey Island Nourishes volunteers produce and deliver the food to the vending machines and to elementary school children through a weekend backpack program.

A new vending machine outlet is under construction in Clinton on land owned by the Clinton Progressive Association, the South Whidbey Realty Association and paid for by the Rotary Clubs of South Whidbey.

The program named VENDO was built by Dave Johnson Construction with materials donated by Frontier Lumber and ProBuild.

Grants from family foundations and donations by community residents fund this Whidbey Island Nourishes program.

Other businesses contributing to Whidbey Island Nourishes include Puget Sound Energy, Ice Flow/Nichols Brothers Boat Building, Whidbey Island Bank and John L. Scott realtors.

Donations of goods and services have come from Useless Bay Coffee Company, Cultus Bay Nursery, The Goose, Bayview Farm and Garden, Ace Hardware, Moonraker Books, the Star Store, Sandra Jean Wainwright, The Cottage, Mukilteo Coffee, Music for the Eyes and Quail’s Run Farm.

Local churches have partnered with Whidbey Island Nourishes to provide money and time.

Members of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation prepare food for Whidbey Island Nourishes programs. St. Hubert Catholic Church in Langley is a contributor.

Longtime partners Good Cheer Food Bank, The Hub and South Whidbey Commons are all collaborators in the Whidbey Island Nourishes programs.

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