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FoodportunityOne of my favorite Seattle food events will be here again soon!

The Seattle food community’s repeatedly sold out premier networking event, with tastes from Tom Douglas Restaurants and many more restaurants and companies, Foodportunity, created by Seattle event planner and food blogger Keren Brown, is open to food journalists, bloggers, public relations professionals, restaurateurs, farmers, companies and all food-passionate people.

FoodportunityI have written here before about my foodportunity, and how this blog was born. But the why is something that means even more to me.

This blog, and my foodportunity, is about being able to learn and share. To be able to connect. Over food.

Food connects us to our history and to others. For me, food is something that seems to have a recurring appearance in my own personal narrative.

Sometimes when I eat a really sweet, cold grape, it takes me back to one particularly enjoyable hot day at the park when my kids were younger. One of those carefree summer days with sun, friends and a thrown together picnic. How many times have you tasted something where the sensation of the flavor hitting your tongue takes you back to a memory of a time spent with people dear to you?

FoodportunityThe mere mention of pickles can at times, for a second, make me feel that I am in my grandmother’s apartment again for one of our weekly lunches (when I worked close by) listening to a lifetime of stories over bread & butter pickles and liverwurst sandwiches – before she got sick with Alzheimer’s and didn’t remember that I was even coming for lunch.

It’s also in the reading of the recipes in the old tattered church cookbook that were written by another generation of ladies and imagining my great-grandmother in her kitchen making the cookies contributed by her and appearing on page 23.

And it was when a recent family member passed. I mused on the times we visited her beach-side home and the meals we shared – how she loved her crab cakes and was always on the lookout for the best crab-to-breading ratio.

Food just tastes better when it is shared. And shared food makes memories. The lovely thing about my foodportunity is the opportunity to make many more of them.

FoodportunityThe Foodportunity event will take place on Monday, July 28 from 6-9 p.m. with tantalizing bites from many of Seattle’s top restaurants. Northwest restaurateur and entrepreneur Tom Douglas will provide his Palace Ballroom facilities to host the event and serve tastes from his newest venture, Hot Stove Society (a cooking school offering the ultimate connection between food lovers and the best food instructors). The lineup also includes tastes from Loulay Kitchen and Bar, Luc, Lark, Old Sage, Von Trapp’s, Poquitos, Six Seven and many more.

FoodportunityThis year’s networking event has a splash of tech added to it. It is being sponsored by Kitchenbug.com, an online recipe box, that offers nutritional and calorie information for any recipe on the web, in real time and allows you to share your collection of recipes with others in the Kitchenbug community.

FoodportunityThis year is also filled with a star-studded line-up of food entrepreneurs and leaders, who will present their new innovations to the Seattle scene. Representatives from Kitchenbug.com, Beechers’ Handmade Cheese, Farmstr and more will be available to answer questions, talk about their journey and offer food related business tips from 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Advanced pricing is $25 per person and will change to $32 per person at a future date. Tickets can be purchased through Brown Paper Tickets at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/680259. Get your tickets today as space is extremely limited!

FoodportunityI’m curious, what’s your Foodportunity?

Maybe it’s the dream job you have that involves food, perhaps it’s an old family recipe that connects you to your ancestors each time you make it, or it’s the lengths you will go to make sure that your family sits at the dinner table each night together?

I want to hear. Tell me in the comments below – I’d love to connect!