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August Newsletter


In This Issue
President's Message:
SFOC at OC Fair
4th Annual Barbecue
California Days Potluck
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-anything 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,  here to join or send us an email if you have questions.


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Hope you are all enjoying this beautiful summer. This past month has been a quiet time for Slow Food. Our Steering Committee takes a vacation in July. We did have one outreach project in conjunction with the Orange County Harvest Club. About 10 members climbed trees and used fruit picking poles to harvest Valencia oranges from a small backyard orchard of about 15 trees. The oranges were packed off in banana boxes and donated to a local resource center that provides food to those in need. We had a small potluck in the garden area of the  OC Food Access office and were joined by several new Slow Food Members as well as members of the Orange County Harvest Club.

Members of our steering committee were invited to attend an initial meeting of the newly founded Orange County chapter of Slow Money. Nina Macdonald and I attended this "getting started" meeting at the Duck Club in Irvine. Slow Money is an international organization that seeks to enhance good, clean and fair food with financial backing based on principles of "slow money." Woody Tasch outlines these principles in his book, Inquiries into the Nature of Slow Money: Investing as if Food, Farms and Fertility Mattered, published in 2008, by the Slow Money Alliance. The forward to this book is written by Slow Food founder Carlo Petrini. The goal for the first year of the new local chapter is to hold an "Entrepreneur Showcase" where entrepreneurs with business plans specific to food system issues will have a chance to present their plans to potential financial backers. Although this group is clearly in its infancy in Orange County, the website has stories of a variety of interesting and beneficial projects funded by Slow Money in other areas. Take a look at the website and get involved if you are interested!

One last note - THE BOMMER CANYON BBQ! A detailed description follows with the link to buy tickets! I just want to say that every year this event gets better! Ryan Adams now chef at his own restaurant cooking, oysters, organic wine, Michael Dimock speaking, music, friends and fun!

Come join us!
Linda Elbert


Upcoming Events 

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Slow Food at the Orange County Fair - August 11

Date: Saturday, August 11

Time: 3:00PM & 5:30PM

Location: OC Fairgrounds

Slow Food with have a booth in Culinary Exhibit Building on August 11. The culinary theme that day will be a Taste of Home and feature presentations to inspire cooking at home. One of our slow food members will be presenting a cooking demonstration at 3 pm (details coming soon!) and at 5:30 Linda Elbert our Slow Food OC chair and chef/owner of The Basement Table www.thebasementtable .com will demonstrate "Salad Dressing Design." We need volunteers to work our Slow Food booth so if you are interested please contact Linda at Spend a couple of hours sharing your passion about Slow Food with booth visitors, then enjoy the day at the fair.

4th Annual Barbecue

Date: Sunday, September 23rd

Time: 4 p.m.

Location: Bommer Canyon Cattle Camp, Irvine

BBQ flyerTickets are now on sale for Slow Food Orange County 4th Annual Barbeque in Bommer Canyon in the City of Irvine on Sunday, September 23rd at 4 p.m. The barbeque is an event for the whole family and will focus on awareness of food that is good, clean, and fair. The family-style meal will be prepared by Chef Ryan Adams of 370 Common in Laguna Beach and will feature pasture-raised Mary's Free Range Chicken grilled over an open fire, as well as a bounty of local organic produce, artisan cocktails, local craft beer, wine, local oysters, and live music by 5 Star Band.


Prior to the main event there will be an optional short loop hike at 3:00 p.m., guided by a docent from the Irvine Ranch Conservancy. Bommer Canyon  is the site of the old Irvine Ranch Cattle Camp. Some of the original structures exist today, adding to the rustic feel of the canyon.


The program will feature guest speaker Michael Dimock, former Chairman of Slow Food USA, founder of Slow Food Russian River, and President of Roots of Change, a nonprofit, non-governmental organization whose purpose is to spawn a sustainable food system in California by 2030. Roots of Change works with a network of stakeholders that share a commitment to changing our food thinking, food markets, and food policies.


The event will include a raffle and silent auction, with many opportunities to win restaurant gift certificates, artisanal food products, gardening supplies, heirloom plants, original art, products for the home and kitchen, and much, much more. If you have an idea for a donation, please fill out the form at


In the spirit of sustainability, everyone is asked to bring their own place setting and glassware. To encourage a zero waste event, there will be a prize awarded for best table setting so creativity is encouraged!


Proceeds from this event benefit local non-profits committed to work that advances Slow Food's vision of a world in which all people can eat food that is good for them, good for the planet, and good for those who produce it. This event is graciously made possible through the support of contributing food sponsors 370 Common and Chef Ryan Adams, Carlsbad Aquafarm, Cismontane Brewing Company, GreenBar Collective Artisan and Organic Spirits, Mary's Natural Chicken, Nika Water, VerTerra Dinnerware, The Organic Cellar, and Whole Foods Market.


Tickets for the event are $55 per person, $20 for children 12 and under, and may be purchased online at Ticket price includes all food, cocktails, beer, and wine. Be sure to purchase tickets in advance, as this popular event always sells out.



Carlsbad Aquafarmismontane Brewing CoGreenbar Collective
Verterra Dinnerware370 CommonNika
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Slow Food Orange County Potluck "California Days"

Date: Sunday, October 21, 2012

Time: 4:30 p.m.

Location: The Duck Club, Irvine (address information 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 space while showcasing (and devouring) the products of our renowned culinary abilities. The theme will be "California Days," celebrating California's rich culinary traditions. Please bring a dish that features ingredients grown or produced in California, supporting local farmers' markets, home gardens, and and food artisans. Also consider dishes that tell a story about California heritage (Spanish/Native American/Mexican roots or dishes that other groups created out of local ingredients). Beverages can be from California producers as well. Please write down the local food sources you used so that we'll see the diverse flavors of our region.

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!

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