Monday Announcements: Skagit River Ranch Farm Day, Brian Boitano Eats and Cooks

We awarded George and Eiko Vojkovich with our Seattle Weekly Sustainability Award this year for all the work they've done to bring organic, humanely raised animal products to the consumer, including advocating for mobile slaughter units and their weekly outreach through Seattle area farmers markets.

Next Sunday, August 30, Skagit River Ranch will host a farm day off Utopia Road at the Vojkoviches' Sedro-Woolley farm from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Don't miss the farm tour in the early afternoon, given by co-owner George Vojkovich. Chefs Maria Hines, Craig Hetherington, and Greg Atkinson will compete in a burger cook-off as part of the festivities and also participate in a sustainability seminar with the Vojkoviches. Tickets are $30 per person, which includes lunch off the grill, and kids 12 and under are free. You can purchase tickets from the farm's website.

What Would Brian Boitano Do Make? Oh yes, this is an actual, honest-to-goodness show on the Food Network. Based off a song from a South Park movie. I saw it with my own eyes. (Click link above for clips.) Is that meta or post-meta? Other than being adorable, Boitano's show scores low on the usefulness scale -- from what's been shown so far, he appears to focus mostly on easy-to-prep party or single-guy food. What do you expect? As an Olympic athlete, the guy probably lived on carrots and wheatgrass for 20 years. Now he's going buck wild and eating... cheese! ...and bacon! Expect finger foods and mocktails, but not as garish and can-oriented as Sandra Lee, and delivered less annoyingly than Rachel Ray. This show surely will be a Food Network hit (much like when all the straights fell in love with Queer Eye) and hopefully, a Saturday Night Live sketch as well.

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