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October Newsletter


In This Issue
Chair's Message
Volunteers Needed
Positively Delicious OC Week
California Days Potluck
Prop 37 Forum
Food Entrepreneur's Workshop
First Book Club Event
Wine Pairing and 5 Course Tasting Menu
SFOC Directory
Barbecue Wrapup
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.


Join the Slow Food Movement!

Chair Linda Elbert This fall has been an exciting time for Slow Food throughout California as well as in our own local chapter. I was traveling in northern California in September and had the opportunity to attend a picnic sponsored by Slow Food Russian River. At this event I was privileged to hear a speech by Slow Food founder Carlo Petrini. This video link will allow you to experience Carlo for yourself. For me, some of the highlights of this talk were his encouragement not to see the pleasure and conviviality we share at the table as something separate from social responsibility for clean and fair food. We should rather see pleasure as the fuel for socially responsible action. It was also inspiring to hear Carlo speak of his appreciation of our California land that as a native I can take for granted. He highlighted the growth of locally produced food and even said "wonderful bread" was now to be found in California. Finally, I hope we can all advocate for Prop 37 in these last few weeks as strongly as Carlo Petrini did during his visit!


While on my northern California trip I was also able to attend a regional California leaders' meeting. Chapters leaders throughout California were invited to attend a meeting for the purpose of discussing how a California Region of Slow Food USA might function and why it might be useful to form such an entity. Kate Krauss, acting Executive Director of SFUSA, Monika Kunz, Development Director of SFUSA and Lynne Frame, SFUSA Board of Directors member were all present and contributed to this meeting. This was a first meeting and an exploratory conversation. For a region as large as California and with its population density it will take some time to figure out how this might all work. The priorities for this structural change are

1) preserving food cultures,
2) chapter support, and
3) strengthening member and financial bases of SFUSA.

The programmatic priorities include biodiversity, cultural diversity, Ark of Taste, and celebration of good, clean, fair food. Two committees were formed, each with two Slow Food Governors participating.
    1) A Structure of the Region Committee chaired by Brenda Ruiz of Slow Food Sacramento. I will be serving on this committee and representing our OC chapter.
    2) A Policy Committee chaired by Charity Kenyon and our regional governor Lisa Lucas Talbot.


As I have stated, this was a very preliminary meeting with no decisions made other than to explore this new direction. This direction is supported by Slow Food USA. Carlo Petrini also expressed support of this direction on his recent visit.


Last but not least, THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! to all the Slow Members, sponsors and donors who worked to make our 4th annual Bommer Canyon BBQ such a fantastic event and to all who supported Slow Food by attending the event.



Linda Lewis Elbert, Chair


Upcoming Events 

Volunteers Needed to Help with Positively Delicious OC

Date:Saturday, October 13  & Tuesday, October 17th

Time: various

Location: various

Slow Food OC has been given the opportunity to be a "presenting partner" with Ecoffiency and OC Food Access Coaltion in the presentation of Positively Delicious OC.

Positively Delicious is a week of events with the purpose of creating an awareness of sustainable food systems and food access issues in Orange County.


Volunteer Opportunities

Slow Food will be presenting a cooking demonstration for the Chef Demo Event at the SoCo Farmer's Market on Saturday, October 13. We have a chef and sous chef(s) but could use another person to talk with people about Slow Food and take sign ups for the mailing list. Our demo is scheduled for 11:30 AM. This should involve about  90 minutes of your time.

We are looking for 2-3 volunteer servers for the Back Bay Farm to Table Feast on Wednesday night, October 17th. This is a great opportunity to create a visible presence for Slow Food. The chef for the evening will be our OC Slow Food chair, Linda, along with her Basement Table partner, Michell Bretall. We would like Slow Food members to work as servers wearing our Slow Food aprons, as well as making Slow Food information available to guests.   

If you are interested in either of these volunteer opportunities please contact Linda Elbert at


Positively Delicious OC Week

Date:Saturday, October 13 - Sunday, October 21st

Time: various

Location: various

Positively Delicious OC Schedule of Events  

potluck general 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!


Proposition 37: Labeling of Genetically Modified Food

Date: October 19, 2012

Time: 3:00 - 5:00 PM

Location: Chapman University, 1 University Dr, Orange, CA 92866, Beckman Hall, Room 404

Please join Chapman University for this interactive panel discussion on Proposition 37, the California Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act of 2012. With Election Day (November 6) quickly approaching, this thought provoking dialogue will be sure to make you question your beliefs and provide you with the information you need to make an informed decision.

For more information see this pdf and this link


Food Entrepreneur's Workshop

Date: Friday and Saturday, October 26 -27

Time: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Location: Argyros Forum 201 Chapman University

  • Need help in converting your recipe into a commercial product?
  • Where will you manufacture your product?
  • How will you finance your business?

This workshop will answer these questions and more. Learn how to develop your product, find a manufacturer, negotiate with brokers and distributors, write an effective business plan, obtain capital backing, and market your product to insure that your product will move successfully into the marketplace.

See more info on this pdf or this link:


Five Quarters of the Orange
Slow Food Book Club

Date:Friday, November 9th

Time: evening

Location: private home in Laguna Beach

A perfect blend of food and literature, the SlowFood Book Club takes a new spin on the average everyday book club. At each get together our book club members will discuss the chosen book (either fiction or non-fiction) and share a dish based on what we just read.


At our first meeting November 9th we will be reading "Five Quarters of the Orange" by Joanne Harris. To RSVP, email our book club coordinator, Diana Tierney at


Italian wine and food
Bringing Home Terra Madre - Wine Pairing and 5 Course Tasting Menu

Date: Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013

Time: 4 pm - 7 pm

Location: private home

Terra Madre is a bi-annual conference coordinated by Slow Food and held in Turin, Italy. At Terra Madre, food communities around the world meet to display the extraordinary diversity throughout the globe and to unite small-scale farmers and artisans who are committed to good, clean & fair food. This year's focus is on how our daily choices and the food on our plate determine the future of our environment, economy and society. The conference will address how to raise a collective voice and become active in solving problems affecting the the earth and the global community. 


Our Slow Food OC chair, Linda Elbert has been selected as a delegate to attend this conference. Since she is a chef, she will be attending the Master Chef series at the conference as well as studying additional regional cooking on an organic farm following the conference. This event will be an opportunity to share the Terra Madre experience with our OC chapter.


Slow Food and the Organic Cellar are teaming up for an evening of delicious slow food and slow wine. Sommelier Dawn Brese and Chef Linda Elbert of the Basement Table will be pairing a tasting menu with Italian wines and Italian dishes for 25 guests at a private home in Laguna Beach. Learn about organic wine making in Italy. Enjoy tasting varietals from different regions of Italy as they pair with the foods of the region. Experience how a perfect pairing enhances both the food and the wine. Come gather around the table and enjoy this convivial evening and the 5 course tasting menu with wine pairing. 


SAVE THE DATE - Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013 4 pm -7 pm. Tickets are available on Brown Paper Tickets at a cost of $55. Proceeds will benefit Orange County programs and projects that promote good, clean, fair food.


Slow Foods Orange County Membership List


We would like to create a Slow Foods Orange County Membership List.  This is for those members who would like to have a means of contacting their fellow members.  The information on this list may not be used for marketing or sales purposes or to establish independent data files or information.  This list will only be sent to other members on the list.  If you would like to receive a membership list, please send Ginger Fitzpatrick at the following information:

Subject:  Slow Foods Membership List
Message:  Name, Home Address, Phone Number, Email Address
Past Events

4th Annual Barbecue


Slow Food Orange County would like to thank all of the guests, sponsors, donors, and volunteers who contributed to the tremendous success of our 4th Annual Bommer Canyon Barbecue on September 23rd. Through your support, we raised over $6,000, all of which will be donated to Orange County programs that work to transform our local food system.    Check out photos from the event here on Facebook.   


  2012 Barbecue


Carlsbad Aquafarmismontane Brewing CoGreenbar Collective
Verterra Dinnerware370 CommonNika
Mary's ChickenOrganic CellarWhole Foods
Wild Poppy Drake Family Farms
Irvine Ranch ConservancyMelissa'sLA Speciality
Arnett FarmsSlow Food Orange CountyOC Baking Co

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