Food for Thought:
The Slow Food Orange County Newsletter
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Welcome to the July Issue of "Food for Thought"

In This Issue
Potluck July 18th
BBQ Highlights
OC Fair Culinary Competition
Annual Events Calendar
Artful Eating Market Tour & Class
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It's Summer Potluck Time! 
Alice WatersWhen: Sunday, July 18th, 4pm 
Where: Private home, Laguna Beach 
Take a break next Sunday to bask in the goodness of summer's bounty with Slow Food OC! Join fellow members and friends for a potluck, get the scoop on upcoming events and stay involved!

Please bring a dish to share (labels on all dishes are great, too) and don't forget to bring a copy of the recipe for the forthcoming Slow Food Orange County Cookbook

Please bring your non-Slow Food friends, our potlucks are a great way to introduce our Slow Food philosophy to family and friends! Please RSVP to Wayan Kaufman. The address of the potluck will be emailed to you when you RSVP.
BBQ Highlights

BommerCanyonUnder a canopy of old oaks and sycamores, Slow Food OC came together on Saturday, June 26th for our 2nd annual Barbeque - a magical evening of camaraderie, laughter, and of course . . . incredible food!

Watch the Slow Food BBQ Slideshow Video Here

First of all a huge round of applause for Chef Ryan Adams of Sorrento Grille of Laguna Beach. All our raffle item donors and contributors made our meal the best ever! We'd like to offer heartfelt thanks to the following sponsors:
Mark your calendars for next year's barbeque June 9th!
BlueRibbonBlue Ribbon Wishes
Slow Food OC Members Enter
OC Fair Culinary Competition

This Wednesday, July 14th, members of Slow Food OC will deliver their goodies to the Orange County Fairgrounds for judging in the OC Fair Culinary Competition. We will present both sweet and savory dishes, the recipes for which will be shared on our website soon.

Keep your fingers crossed! We hope our local ingredients will bring home a blue ribbon! For more info on the competition, visit the OC Fair online.

2010-2011 Preliminary Slow Food OC Events Calendar
bountyWe're in for a bustling year of events! Throughout 2010 and 2011, we will embark on a quest to increase our understanding of sustainable farming and eating. We'll do this by learning from our neighbors and being inspired by what they're doing to lead a slower life everyday. We invite to you participate in as many events as possible, and suggest additional events we can all enjoy and learn from!

Please note that dates and times are subject to change, so please check out our website from time to time for the latest details.

See something here you'd like to help organize? Would you like to host one of these events? Give us a shout via e-mail. We always need volunteer hosts!

September 12, 4pm  
General Membership Meeting and Potluck
"Caring for City Chickens"
626 W. Culver Ave., Orange
Join Slow Food Orange County Chair Heather Stoltzfus at her home to learn about the ins and outs of urban chicken keeping. If you've been thinking about keeping chickens in the city, come meet Chickadee, Kerfufle and Drumstick and get your questions answered.  This potluck will also kick off the 2010-2011 calendar year and you will not want to miss this chance to hear what is in store in the coming months and give your input for the future of SFOC.
September 25
Stay tuned for details about the national Slow Food service day!
October 23, 6pm   
Third Annual Simultaneous Suppers
Locations TBA
The SFOC Simultaneous Suppers are an occasion not to be missed.  One of the biggest fundraisers of the year for our service projects, SFOC members volunteer their time and homes to host intimate meals in various private homes, where the Slow Food philosophy is shared through good food and conversation. We are currently looking for volunteers to offer their homes or cooking services.  Please email Wayan Kaufman at if you are interested in being part of this exciting event!
November 21   
Surprise Chef Event!
Join us for a unique event with a special guest chef.
December 12, 4pm   
Annual Tamale Making Party
Location TBA
Every year at the holidays, Slow Food Orange County members gather to make tamales to enjoy together and take home. 
January 21   
Special Guest Speaker
Location TBA
SFOC partners with Slow Food Los Angeles to bring a noted guest speaker to the area. 
February 20, 4pm 
General Membership Meeting and Potluck
Location TBA
This event will combine the renowned SFOC potluck with a membership meeting to discuss upcoming elections.
March 20 
Cheesemaking Rides Again
Location TBA
SFOC Chair Heather Stoltzfus will again offer her popular home cheesemaking class - theme to be unveiled in 2011!
April 9
Guided tour to be announced   
May 15, 4pm  
Location TBA
June 5   
Chili Cook-Off
Old Town Tustin
In 2011, the culinary skills of SFOC will be tested at the famous Tustin Chili Cook-Off, giving us the opportunity to show a wide audience how delicious Slow Food can be.  Board member Roger McErlane will be the head chef at this event. 
July 9, 4pm   
Third Annual Slow Food Orange County Barbeque
Slow Food Orange County will host its third annual barbeque in Irvine, California. This event is for the whole family and focuses on good, clean and fair food. The setting is beautiful Bommer Canyon, full of mature sycamore trees and surrounded by miles of open space. Bommer Canyon historically was the cattle camp for the Irvine Ranch and is generally not open to the public at large. This is a special opportunity for all of us to enjoy a quality meal in a beautiful outdoor environment.

 Artful Eating with Jeff: Farmer's Market Tour, Drawing & Cooking Class

Saturday, July 24, 2010 at 11:30am
The Center for Living Peace
4139 Campus Drive, Irvine, CA  92617
This is a non-Slow Food OC event

The Center for Living Peace is a newly opened center in Irvine, one that promotes peace, well-being and "paying it forward." What better way to familiarize yourself with the center than participating in a fun hybrid program that lets you shop, draw, then eat? Even though this is a not a Slow Food OC event, we thought it an interesting way to experience great food. 

A special program coordinated with the Orange County Museum of Art, The Center for Living Peace special workshop has been developed by artist-foodie Jeff Venier, who will lead participants through the Irvine Farmer's Market to gather fruits and veggies, then return to the center to conduct a still life drawing session. Finally, Jeff will lead you through making a composed summer salad for you to enjoy with your chosen ingredients.  

Sign up here and enjoy artful eating!

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We invite you to join the Slow Food movement!  Slow Food OC is working hard to preserve and protect local foods and food traditions.  Our convivium plans events and programs in places across Orange County-anywhere from community gardens, taste education dinners, and farm tours-join the network and become active in planning and participating in these diverse initiatives. 

Click here for Benefits of Membership. Send us an email if you have any questions.