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December Newsletter


In This Issue
Chair's Message
Next Book Club Meetings
Dinner at The Ranch
Wine Pairing and 5 Course Tasting Menu
Online Potluck System
SFOC Directory
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News from the Chair

Chair Linda Elbert

 Happy holidays to all! December is the month to celebrate Terra Madre Day. This Terra Madre Day, December 10, was the worldwide celebration of Slow Food's 20th anniversary and as always, a time to celebrate eating locally. 


This year our Orange County chapter donated trees on the Ark of Taste for California to two local gardens. We will be organizing a date to plant these trees and share about the Ark of Taste with the garden groups in early 2013. (Look for a garden volunteer opportunity in the January newsletter.


There were many interesting activities throughout the world in celebration of Terra Madre Day. The tab titled "Terra Madre Day in Photos" on the Slow Food web page will take you to a Facebook page where it is fun to look at the different events worldwide. I thinks it is inspiring to see the global influence of the Slow Food organization. 


Get Involved in 2013 - we will be looking for members to get involved on our Steering Committee as well as to participate in specific projects. Please let us know if you are interested in becoming more involved.


Linda Lewis Elbert

Slow Food OC, Chair

Upcoming Events 

Book Club Meetings

Date: Friday, January 18th & February 22nd

Time: 7:00 PM

Location: To be sent upon RSVP

The Slow Food Book Club is off to a great start. If you are interested in joining us, there is still room for more. Our next meeting will be January 18th at 7pm. We'll be reading "The Kitchen Daughter" by Jael McHenry. It will be followed by "Cheese and Culture" by Paul Kindstedt for our meeting on February 22nd (we are taking off the month of December to enjoy the holidays). Email to RSVP.


Dinner at the Ranch

Date: Sunday, January 19th

Time: 3 PM

Location: 1025 East Ball Road, Anaheim 92805

The Ranch will host us for a dinner on the 19th of January. Although the menu has not yet been set, it should cost about $50 per person and will include a vegetarian option. The Ranch features American regional farm-to-table cuisine. They source fresh, organically grown fruits and vegetables from local farms and from their own ranch in the Santa Ana Mountains. This event will probably include an optional kitchen tour. More details to come.

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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.

Potluck Organizing System

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Online Potluck System for Members


We asked the membership what they wanted and one of the requests was, "More Potlucks!" So here it is: the "Small Potlucks." Now anyone can host a potluck anytime and even for a small group. The idea is be able to get to know your Slow Food neighbors. Maybe have a themed event, food and wine paring, or just deserts but the group can be small or large depending on the size of your house. Go to the Slow Food Orange County web site and select Potlucks under Join Us to begin the process, or visit It's easy to list your event and and the system will keep track of RSVPs. Also while you are there check to see who else may be hosting a potluck and sign up to attend.

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

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