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January 2013 Newsletter


In This Issue
Chair's Message
New National Leader
January Book Club Meetings
Wine Pairing and 5 Course Tasting Menu
February Book Club Meeting
Dinner at The Ranch
March Book Club Meeting
Online Potluck System
SFOC Directory
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.


News from the Chair

Chair Linda Elbert

 Welcome to a New Year for Slow Food Orange County. I wish all of you a healthy and joyous 2013. There are many changes to look forward to this coming year. Within Slow Food USA there will be new leadership (see below) and new ideas for promoting "good, clean and fair" throughout the country. Our Slow Food Orange County steering committee will be meeting this month to set directions for our chapter for the coming year.

In March our Slow Food OC chapter will be holding election for the new steering
committee. We see so many faces at our Slow Food events and encourage you to
become more involved. Orange County is a large area and we are sure there are
people out there with much to offer our chapter in the way of leadership, content and outreach. Our steering committee meetings are open to the general membership and you are welcome to attend a meeting to learn about how the chapter works and how you might become more involved. In addition to being involved in the steering committee, there are opportunities to working on specific committees such as Outreach, Membership or Events. The chapters throughout California are beginning to work together to promote various food policy issues. Documenting events with photos, film and articles is an ongoing project where we could use support. Please contact me at if you would like to get more actively involved and want to discuss your ideas and interests. I look forward to hearing from you!


Linda Elbert
Slow Food OC, Chair 

National Leadership Change

On behalf of the Slow Food USA Board of Directors, I am thrilled to announce that Richard McCarthy will be joining Slow Food USA as Executive Director. Richard has been a Slow Food USA member since 2001 and brings 17 years of executive leadership experience in the non-profit sector. He will begin on January 22, 2013, and we could not be more excited. A press release is below; please feel free to forward it around to your networks.  


After years as an activist in the political arena, Richard co-founded a community garden in the heart of New Orleans. Through that process and the radical change that nourishing social space created in the neighborhood, Richard pivoted to food as an avenue for change. He is driven by the uniquely uniting role food can play among all of us to work towards a shared sense of purpose and interdependence.  


Richard is currently the Executive Director of Market Umbrella (, an internationally recognized mentor organization for markets, community building and sustainable economic development. Since he founded the organization in 1995, it has steadily grown and now serves 1,200 markets around the world. He's an innovative leader with proven success in using food to advance social change, and we're very lucky to have him.


One of the things we are most excited about is that Richard has had a long and deep commitment to Slow Food. He's been a Slow Food member since 2001 and led a delegation to Terra Madre in 2008. Richard is also very active in his local New Orleans community, as mentioned above, having founded the Crescent City farmers market and then Market Umbrella. He's been advocating for food workers and farmers for over 20 years and played a key role after Hurricane Katrina in helping to restart the local agricultural economy, where with the revival of farmers markets, he helped provide returning residents with a sense of normalcy and resilience.  After Hurricane Katrina he partnered with Slow Food to help commercial citrus farmers sell their post-hurricane harvest to Slow Food members around the country, and he launched the White Boot Brigade, a project he worked on with Slow Food USA and the New York City and San Francisco chapters that seeks fair trade for fishing families of the greater New Orleans coastal waters.




Katherine Deumling, Chair, Board of Directors


p.s. If you'd like to get a glimpse of Richard speaking, check out his TEDx talk here:


Upcoming Events 

Book Club Meetings

Date: Friday, January 18th

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.  Email to RSVP.


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

Date: Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013

Time: 4 pm -7 pm

Location: private home in Laguna Beach

Terra Madra 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 continent and to unite small-scale farmers and artisans who are committed to good, clean & fair food. 


This year's focus was how our daily choices and the food on our plate determine the future of our environment, economy and society. The conference  addressed how to raise a collective voice and become active in solving problems affecting the the earth and global community. Our Slow Food OC chair, Linda Elbert, was a delegate. Since she is a chef, she attended the Master Chef series at the conference as well as studying additional regional cooking on an organic farm following the conference. 


This dinner 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.

The Menu
Assortment of Appetizers
Charcuterie and Cheese (Assorted Italian Cured Meats & Cheese, Sarde in Saor)
(Venetian Style Sardines in a Sweet and Sour Sauce), Crostini di Cavolo Nero (Toasts
with sautéed Lacinato Kale)
Giol Prosecco DOC 2011
Polenta con Salsa Verde, Egg and Parmesan Crisp
San Pietro Gavi DOC 2011

Orecchiette con Broccoli (Orechiette means "little ears" in reference to the shape of the pasta with a broccoli olive oil sauce, guanciale and ricotta salata)
Camparo Dolcetto d'Alba DOC 2008

Braicole con fagioli cannellini alla toscana - old world dish of flank steak, pounded thin,
stuffed, rolled and braised is a ragu served with cannellini beans
Casa al Vento "Aria" Chianti Classico DOCG 2007

Chocolate Hazlenut Gelato with Berries and an Italian Chocolate
Giol Raboso Frizzante

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.

Book Club

Date: Friday, February 22nd

Time: 7 PM

Location: to be sent upon RSVP

We will be reading "Cheese and Culture" by Paul Kindstedt for our meeting on February 22nd Email to rsvp.

Dinner at the Ranch

Date: Sunday, February 23rd

Time: 3 PM

Location: 1025 East Ball Road, Anaheim 92805

The Ranch will host us for a dinner on the 23rd of February (new date). 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.

Book Club Meeting

Date: Friday, March 29th

Time: 7 PM


We will be reading The Art of Fermentation by Sandor Elix Katz.

Urban Chicken Coop Tour and Egg Tasting

Date: Saturday, April 20, 2013

Time: 12 - 3PM

Location: Various yards in the city of Orange

It's springtime, the days are growing longer and backyard chickens start producing a lot of eggs! If you are an urban chicken keeper or are thinking about getting chickens of your own, this tour is a great way to see how your friends and neighbors have designed their coops. Several homes in Orange will open their backyard coops to visitors on this self-guided tour sponsored by Slow Food and Orange Home Grown. Stop by anytime between 12-3pm, meet the chickens, and enjoy an egg dish at each home prepared by Slow Food volunteers. This event is free, RSVP to in order to receive a map of the participating homes. For more info, visit or

Carlsbad Aquafarm Tour and Tasting

Date: Saturday, May 4, 2013

Time: 11AM - 1PM

Location: 4600 Carlsbad Boulevard ▪ Carlsbad, CA 92018

Carlsbad Aquafarm is Southern California's only shellfish aquafarm growing eco-friendly mussels, oystes, clams, abalones, scallops and culinary seaweed since 1990 in Carlsbad, California.

Join Slow Food OC for a tour of the Carlsbad Aquafarm located on the Aqua Hedionda Lagoon and discover the wonders of the lagoon. The five acre business has been sustainably raising oysters, mussels, abalones, brine shrimp and different species of algae. The aquafarm's products go nationwide to chefs, restaurants, and wholesalers; the aquafarm also raises seahorses, seaweed and octopuses for aquariums.

Enjoy a tour of the facility and afterwards a tasting of some of the delicacies the farm harvests. The tasting will be prepared by Chef Linda Elbert and will include freshly prepared mussels and smoked oysters, served along with a salad and bread.

A photo ID is required to enter the facility. Please bring your own chair to sit and enjoy the tasting after the tour, along with non-disposable, if possible, plates, utensils and napkins, to keep our footprint to a minimum.

There is a maximum of 21 participants and you must be 16 or older to attend.

Tickets must be purchased by Thursday April 25th 2013.

Cost: $35.00

Ticket URL:

Slow Food contact: Stacey Blaschke

Directions and parking info: On I-5 from Orange County, exit on Cannon and take a right, then a right onto Carlsbad Boulevard and the entrance is on the right.

Alternatively exit at Carlsbad Village Drive and turn right, then a left onto Carlsbad Boulevard, drive a couple of miles along the ocean with the lagoon and the farm on the left (speed limit is 30 so beware) and the entrance to NRG will be on the left. The guards at the gate will stop everyone, show them where to park, and check photo IDs against the guest list.

Potluck Organizing System

potluck general
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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