Action Tukwila's first project was a community potluck: Come Sit at Our Table. Seeing that we planned to invite everyone in Tukwila, we decided to try to break the world record for the largest potluck ever.

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Date

August 13, 2016

1:00–5:00 p.m.

Location

Tukwila International Blvd between 144th and 146th Streets (northbound lanes), and part of the block east of Tukwila International Blvd on 144th

With the blessing of the City of Tukwila, we shut down the northbound lanes of Tukwila International Boulevard for one afternoon in August 2016. Where cars usually whizzed by at 40 miles per hour, tables, tents, and foot traffic sprouted up. The event featured food, dance, musical performances, and a street soccer tournament organized by the Highline College Sports Outreach Program. 

More than 1,500 people attended. That may not be a record, but it sure was a lot of fun and apparently newsworthy. Both The Seattle Times ("Tukwila eats way to record") and KING 5 ("Potluck highlights Tukwila Diversity") covered the event. Participants took dozens of photos and video footage, much of which you can still see on the event's Facebook page.

 

Come Sit in my Kitchen

In the run-up to the potluck, many of our volunteers generously filmed themselves in their own homes making their favorite foods. Here, for the sake of posterity, are a few of those (sometimes hilarious) home cooking videos.

"Sean's Ice Cream Sandwich" - This creamy instructable from Sean Puno opened so many doors of perception and possibility...

"I love the trails. I love the people that I've met. I love you, De'Sean. [Love you, too]. You know, there are some really good people who live in this town. That's what I enjoy the most."

 

Allan Ekberg sure knows his way around a tuna melt...and his puppy knows when there's cheese on-hand!

De'Sean's favorite meal of the day: homefries and grits! Expertly prepared by Mrs. De'Sean. 

 

Libby Johnson talk to her wife, Trina Cook (who, oddly, isn't cooking), as she prepares an out-of-control vegetable casserole with rutabaga, potato, cauliflower, cashews, almonds, green beans, and lord knows what other magical ingredients!

We had the privilege this evening of meeting Sharon Nakata's granddaughter gourmet-in-training "Mady" (Madyson), who walked us through the process of making a grilled smoked-gouda, provolone, sharp-cheddar sandwich. It tasted amazing, as Cassie can attest.

 

Cassie seeks enlightenment through dinner: the Buddha Bowl (with a Gumbo cameo).

(Now former) Tukwila resident and Planning Commission member Brooke Alford makes fresh pesto with basil from her garden.

 

In Thomas McLeod's kitchen, it's all about the Franks and the Benjamins.

“Yes. You can make a difference in Tukwila. You just have to show up, do the hard work, find some like-minded people. You can make a huge difference.”

 

Trina Cook interviews Tukwila resident and volunteer Amairani at her family's taco truck, Taqueria Jalisco, on Tukwila International Boulevard. Try the carnitas!