On Monday, June 10 Chateau Ste. Michelle was basked in the afternoon’s sunlight that gently drifted down the green expanse of the vineyard. Following the curved pathways leads you into an elegant tasting room and behind that, a lecture hall that invites in the remnants of afternoon sun. GrapeVine, a unique organization that blends conversation mixed with community, gathered to hear national bestselling author Anna Lappé speak. Lappé’s work centers around sustainability and food justice. Accompanying Lappé on a panel were five women, all with unique positions and skills here in Washington that focus on a unified ultimate value: what’s on the end of your fork matters.
The panel consisted of Donna Moodie, who opened the restaurant Marjorie in Seattle back in 2003. During the conversation she stressed, “It’s not that important to preach; invite someone to the table.” Hospitality and genuine conversation seem to go a lot further than lecturing others.