Y’all have been very patient as I’ve been procrastinating putting up the invitation and details for the 4th Annual Dark Days Challenge. We’re doing things a bit differently this year so that I can keep my sanity. So, even if you’ve done this before, please be sure to read the recap details below.
I hope you’ll join me in eating locally, sustainably and fantastically well this winter!
The challenge runs from December 1, 2010 – April 15, 2011.
What’s the Challenge?
Cook four meals each month (1 per week) focused on SOLE (sustainable, organic, local, ethical) ingredients, write about it on your blog and email the links to your posts. It’s really that simple, but at the same time, it can really be that hard. Need more details? See the links in the right side bar to the past Challenges.
What does local mean?
Traditionally, local food challenges call for a 100 mile radius. Winter time is more difficult in many climates, especially if you’re new to eating locally, so my default definition is 150 miles. You can choose to make your radius smaller or slightly larger as you need. Typical exceptions are oils, coffee, chocolate and spices. If you’re making fewer or more exceptions, please note that on your first post.
What if I can’t find every ingredient locally?
That’s why this is called a challenge! If you can’t find every ingredient, or heck even most ingredients, please still write about your attempts. This is just as much about what we learn, the obstacles we find and the decisions we make as it is about cooking with SOLE ingredients.
What if I don’t have a ‘good’ camera or I’m not a great photographer?
Take pictures with what you’ve got and do your best – for this challenge, taste and creativity are what counts, not looks. If you don’t have a camera, no worries, just tell us the story and we’ll use our imaginations.
What if I don’t have a blog?
You are still welcome to play along, you just won’t be included in the weekly recaps. Instead, I ask that you come by each week and add your meal/experiences as a comment.
Are there deadlines for posts? When will recaps go up?
We’re doing this differently this year. Instead of weekly or bi-weekly recaps there will be 2 recaps per month covering 2 meals each. Recaps will be posted on the 19th and 4th of every month, right here at the Hennery. Full details will be emailed to participants once the sign-up period ends.
How do I sign up?
The sign up period closed on November 21st. Although you can’t formally join the Challenge anymore, we’d be happy to have you cooking along with us and sharing your experiences in the comments of the bi-monthly recaps!
The full list of the 2010-2011 Dark Days participants can be found here.
If you’d like the code to add the Dark Days button and a link to your site, here you go:
<a href=”http://urbanhennery.com/2010/11/4th-annual-dark-days-challenge/”><img src=”http://urbanhennery.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/DarkDays10-11.jpg” /></a>