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April 2012 Newsletter


In This Issue
Artisan Food & Arts Festival at the Great Park
Join Slow Food USA
Park Ave Dinner
Tustin Memorial Garden Work Day
Green Scene
Join the Slow Food Movement!
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.

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 *Free* at Orange County Great Park, Irvine

Date: Saturday, April 28, 2012

Time:11:00AM to 5:00PM

Location: Great Park

Check out the very first Artisan Food & Arts Festival, presented by the Orange County Great Park with support from Slow Food Orange County. This event is fun for all ages and will inspire creativity, learning and wellness.  We hope to have fun learning! 

Take a look at the Great Park website for a complete list of Demonstrations (food, garden,chickens, bees and more), Restaurants, Food Trucks and Local Farm Produce!

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Join the Slow Food Movement!
May is Membership Month for Slow Food USA. Member dues help support Slow Food USA and efforts for GOOD, CLEAN, FAIR food. If you would like to support Slow Food USA by becoming a member during the month of May, our Slow Food Orange County chapter would like express appreciation for your contribution. 

We will be hosting a "New" Member Potluck this coming July. All "New" members who register with Slow Food USA during May, will be invited to join the July potluck as guests. What that means is, "New" members will not need to bring a potluck dish, we will cook for you!

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

Can U Dig It - Tustin Memorial Academy Garden

Date: Sunday, May 20

Time: 8am - 2pm

Location: 12712 Browning Ave. Santa Ana, CA 92705

Volunteers Needed - Sunday, May 20 8am - 2pm
Come help prepare the garden beds for summer planting, make coldframes to use as greenhouses, help with
weeding, pruning and repairing fences, irrigation and more. Make sure to bring gloves, a hat and sunscreen,
a snack and dring water.

Past Event Roundup

Green Scene, Fullerton Arboretum

The Green Scene at Fullerton's Arboretum  was a great place to get the word out about Slow Food and our local chapter. We signed up a number of people to our newsletter. We hope they will join us at one of our events. 

Like Us? Check Out Our New Facebook Page!    

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Our Facebook Page is moving from a Group to a Fan Page due to a Facebook archiving process.  They are discontinuing the current Group page we are using and we need to move our members over to our NEW Slow Food Orange County Facebook page.  

Please, go "like" our new Slow Food Orange County Facebook Page to keep up on the latest news and events if Facebook is your social networking site of choice!