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February 2013 Newsletter


In This Issue
Chair's Message
February Book Club Meeting
Dinner at The Ranch
Slow Money & Slow Food Invite You to Celebrate
The Art of Beekeeping Workshop
March Book Club Meeting
Urban Chicken Coop Tour and Egg Tasting
Carlsbad Aquafarm Tour and Tasting
SFOC Directory
Online Potluck System
SFOC Directory
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News from the Chair

Chair Linda Elbert

Each year our Slow Food Orange County chapter submits a report to Slow Food USA that contains statistics and lists activities and accomplishments for the year. After submitting the report at the end of January, I was pleased with the number and variety of projects and events. I enjoyed the overview of 2012 that the chapter report provided. I would like to share the highlights of this report with all of you.

Our chapter goals for 2012 were to increase recognition of the Slow Food name and values throughout Orange County, to increase the number of actively participating members and to develop partnerships with local organizations working to promote good, clean and fair food. Our statistics indicate that we have made progress in all these areas. Slow Food Orange County has approximately 200 active members, a mailing list of 1222 and 479 Facebook fans. We held a total of 23 events in 2012. Including attendance at a large event at the Orange County Great Park our annual attendance totaled 5000 people. We had 70 people working as volunteers. Thirty of the volunteers were new members. We specifically talked with approximately 600 people at Slow Food information tables and 180 people attended specific Slow Food events for the first time. We partnered with fourteen like-minded organizations in our events and projects.

The following is a list of our 2012 events and projects:

  • Showing of Future of Food  Film and GMO Labeling Discussion
  • Vermiculture and Aquaculture Demonstration and Workshop
  • Themed Potlucks - Try a New Vegetable, California Days & Family Traditions
  • Kallari Chocolate Tasting  
  • 5 Bar Beef Ranch Tour
  • Chef Dinner and Garden Tour of Park Avenue Restaurant
  • Alegría Farm Tour
  • Bommer Canyon Barbecue
  • Garden workdays at Tustin Memorial Academy School Garden
  • Artisan Food Festival at the Great Park - fiscal sponsor & information booth
  • Food Week - fiscal sponsor along with OC Food Access and the Positive Plate
  • The Harvest Club - harvested oranges in this residential gleaning program
  • Advocacy Campaigns - The Old Orchard Conservancy, CA Prop 37 & Cottage Food! Law CA
  • Slow Food Information tables:  The Orange County Fair, Green Scene - Fullerton Arboretum, Annual Persimmon Party -City of Orange
  • Slow Food Book Club - founded December 2012

In 2012 we also increased our participation with other Slow Food Chapters within California. Members of our leadership team attended a Southern CA regional dinner offered by Slow Food Urban San Diego and a Limoncello workshop by Slow Food Temecula. We have members serving on both the structure and policy committee for the newly forming Slow Food California group. We have a chapter member serving on the National Biodiversity committee. We sent a delegate to the National Congress in Louisville, Kentucky and 3 of our members attended Terra Madre in Turin, Italy, and our chair was selected as a delegate to the International Congress held concurrently in Turin.

I hope that provides a clear overview of our 2012 year in Slow Food OC. The overview shows we are doing a number of activities in the spirit of "good" - enjoying delicious food with others in a spirit of conviviality and advocating for the "clean" and "fair" that makes the good possible. A big thank you goes out to all the volunteers who made these events possible. 


Linda Elbert
Slow Food OC, Chair 

Upcoming Events 

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: Saturday afternoon, February 23rd

Time: 3 PM - 5:30 PM

Location: 1025 East Ball Road, Anaheim 92805 (714) 817-4200

The RANCH Restaurant features true American regional cuisine. They're cooking from scratch with the finest ingredients possible to capture the rustic style of wine country and the freshest flavors of the farm. The Ranch honors California's great ranches, farms and dairies, the artisan bread bakers and cheese and wine makers. Their seasonally driven menu showcases the freshest produce in season- as nature intended. The emphasis is on farm to table, fresh organically grown fruits and vegetables from local farms and from their own ranch in the Santa Ana Mountains.
The afternoon will include a backstage tour of their fabulous kitchen and a presentation on the history and philosophy that created the restaurant and the Saloon, which is next door.

Chef's Selection of Tray Passed Hors d'Oeuvres

First Course 
Seasonal Soup - Farmers Market Inspired


Chef's Selection of Mixed Field Greens, Garden Cucumbers/Cherry Tomatoes/Champagne vinaigrette

Main Course
Smoked Jidori Chicken
Seasonal Rustic Bread Salad/ Natural Thyme jus


British Columbia Skuna Bay Salmon
Black Quinoa/California Pistachios/Vine Dried Grapes/ Tangerine Nage


A Seasonal Vegetarian option

Vanilla Bean Crème Brulee
Lemon + Poppy Seed Madeleines

The ranch features one of the best wine lists in Orange County. To keep the afternoon reasonably priced, beverages are not included in the price but may be purchased separately. Corkage is $15. The Saloon next door opens at 5:30 for those interested in dancing or just watching.

Tickets $50 including tax and tip, may be purchased at:
For additional info contact: Hugh at

Click here for a pdf version.

Slow Money & Slow Food Invite You to Celebrate

Date: Thursday, March 7th

Time: 6:00PM - 9:00PM

Location: Whole Foods, The District, 2847 Park Ave. Tustin, CA 92782

Join us for our Mixer/Fundraiser for Slow Money & Slow Food
Enjoy Locally Grown Food and Drink
Network ● Learn ● Celebrate
2 Drinks Included!
Slow Money and Slow Food are growing our community acre by acre!
Come learn about:
 Our local sustainable movement that is all about our collective future
 Investment models for local agriculture
 New venues for field building, investing, and social change
Tickets to the mixer can be purchased at for $25 in advance or $30 in cash at the door.
See the flyer.

The Art of Beekeeping Workshop with BackyardBees

Date: Sunday, March 17, 2013

Time: 10am -12:00pm

Location: Honey House, Orange, CA (address provided after RSVP)

Come learn the art of beekeeping from Janet and Kelly.

Janet Andrews and Kelly Yrarrazaval, co-founders of Backyard Bees, began rescuing and relocating local honeybee colonies in 2007. With the plight of the honeybee in decline, these two women beekeepers, gardeners, and mothers have resurrected the art of backyard beekeeping.

The Art of Beekeeping workshop covers the following:

  • The Backyard Bees Story
  • The inner workings of the hive
  • Plight of the honeybee
  • Sustainable beekeeping methods vs commercial beekeeping methods
  • Beekeeping Equipment/Getting started
  • Benefits of honey
  • Bee Friendly Gardens
  • Hands-on honey collecting
  • Honey tasting

The workshop will take place at the Backyard Bees Honey House in Orange Park Acres and the address will be displayed after checkout. Please purchase tickets for $15 at Maximum 15 people.


Please remember to wear close-toed shoes. For more information about Backyard Bees visit


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.

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.

Past Events

Bringing Home Terra Madre


Guests and volunteers all enjoyed a dinner of traditional northern Italian dishes and organic/biodynamic Italian wines at the home of Brian Cuddy, owner of the Organic Cellar. The evening started with appetizers and Prosecco on the patio overlooking a spectacular panoramic view of Laguna Canyon. Guests moved inside for dinner prepared by our steering committee chair Linda Elbert. She is also the chef and owner of The Basement Table, a sustainable supper club, and a teacher of cooking classes.


Linda organized this dinner to share the food and cultural experiences of Terra Madre where she served as a delegate to the International Congress. While at Terra Madre, she tasted many wonderful Italian dishes and attended a series of cooking classes titled "Cooking Without Waste." These classes provided an in-depth understanding of how great dishes evolved as people limited to cooking with local ingredients learned to make a region's edible products shine individually while blending the unique flavors together.


Michelle Bretall, a chef from the Basement Table volunteered to help with the  cooking for the night and Ted Wright, Slow Food member and passionate home cook, served as our sous chef. We had a very hard working team of Slow Food volunteers who helped to set up, serve, and clean up - Steve Widmayer, Gillian Poe (who also attended Terra Madre), Sopie Loeb, Haywood Wright and Teryl Chapel. Thanks Everyone!


Brian Cuddy entertained and educated guests about the various winemakers in Italy and sommelier, Dawn Bresee, paired wines with the food and offered tasting notes throughout the evening. Guests lingered over wine and coffee enjoying each others company in true Slow Food style.

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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