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March 2012 Newsletter


In This Issue
Green Scene
Artisan Food & Arts Festival at the Great Park
Park Ave Dinner
5Bar Ranch Tours
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We invite you to join the Slow Food movement! Slow Food Orange County 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 or send us an email if you have questions.

Green Scene, Fullerton Arboretum

Date: Saturday, April 14th and Sunday, April 15th

Time: 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.

Location: Fullerton Arboretum

Fullerton Arboretum's annual weekend-long outdoor garden event is the spring event to find bulbs, succulents, organic vegetables, varietal plants, garden accessories and garden products. Stop by the SFOC table and say hello!

Slow Food Orange County Potluck and General Membership Meeting

Date: Sunday, April 22nd

Time: 4 p.m.

Location: Private home in Laguna Beach, address sent after RSVP.

Join us for a Slow Food Orange County signature event where you can enjoy the company of other Slow Foodies in a private home while showcasing (and devouring) the products of our renowned culinary abilities. Come meet members of the SFOC Steering Committee, ask questions, and find out how you can become involved.


Reply to Wayan Kaufman at with your name, telephone number, and the number of people in your party. Don't forget to bring your own place setting and a beverage to share. We look forward to seeing you there!

Artisan Food & Arts Festival at the Great Park, Irvine

Date: Saturday, April 28, 2012

Time: All day

Location: Great Park

Local artisans and distinguished artists will inspire you with workshops and demonstrations of artisan foods, seasonal cooking, gardening, arts activities and other educational experiences for all ages. Visitors will leave with the knowledge about living more sustainably and creatively. The event and program information can be found at Slow Food Orange County is helping to sponsor this event. The sponsorship specifically contributes to sustainable production of the event with support from ecoefficiency.

Sunday in the Garden at Park Ave

Date: Sunday, May 6th

Time: 2 PM- 4:30 PM

Location: 11200 Beach Blvd, Stanton

il garage ristoranteToast summer with sips of wine as we drink in the newly open garden venue, II garage ristorante, at OC top spot, Park Ave.

Gracious chef-partner David SIay welcomes us into his verdant kitchen garden, which inspires this menu of just-picked delights designed to pair with an array of wines. Guests will also be treated to a guided tour of the restaurant's garden by head gardener Kathryn Agresto.


Tomato Tart, Fresh Mozzarella, Parmigiano-Reggiano
Fried Zucchini Blossoms, Ricotta-Lemon Filling Baked Clams, Garden Herbs, Bread Crumbs 


Plata di Giorno
Ravioli filled with Mixed Salumi, Heirloom-Tomato Butter Sauce
Garden Herb Gnocchi Gratin
Pork Loin, Tuna, Lemon, Caper Sauce
Fresh Clipped Greens, White Balsamic Vinaigrette 


Vanilla Bean Panna Cotta, Candied Citrus   


Wines: To be selected by Chef David SIay


Tickets are $40 per person (tax & gratuity included) and are available for purchase at before April 30th.


Questions? Contact Hugh Stevenson at

Past Event Roundup

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5 Bar Beef Ranch Roundup
This month Slow Food Orange County was proud to offer tours of the 5 Bar Beef Ranch in Trabuco Canyon. Owner Frank Fitzpartick welcomed us onto his ranch and explained how he raises his herd of Barzona cattle for the grass-fed beef that he sells at local farmers markets. If you would like to purchase 5 Bar Beef visit Frank at the Irvine Farmers Market across from UCI on Saturday mornings or the Laguna Hills Farmers Market on Friday mornings. Learn more at
Frank Fitzpatrick talking at the tourcows at 5 Bar Beef Ranch

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