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March 2013 Newsletter


In This Issue
Chair's Message
Volunteers Welcome
March Book Club Meeting
Volunteer Opportunity at L'Avocat Orchard
Urban Chicken Coop Tour and Egg Tasting
April Book Club Meeting
Carlsbad Aquafarm Tour and Tasting
Online Potluck System
SFOC Directory
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News from the Chair

Chair Linda Elbert

March is the month for electing the Slow Food OC Steering Committee for the 2013-2014 year. At last month's meeting we discussed concerns about our large Steering Committee and the difficulty of finding a date for all members to attend. This creates difficulty with having a quorum should we vote on policy issues and hinders general communications. In the February meeting we decided to make the following changes so that our group will run more effectively.

According to the bylaws, we can have 5-18 members on our Steering Committee with the following eight specifically titled positions: The Chapter Chairperson, Co- Chairperson (Co-Chairperson is optional, existing at the discretion of the Chair or the Steering Committee), Secretary, Treasurer, Communications Chair, Outreach Chair, Events Chair, and Special Event/Fundraiser.


We are going to try moving to a bimonthly general Steering Committee meeting. While all Steering Committee meetings are open to the general membership, only the committee members in titled positions will be required to attend. On the alternate months, Committee Chairs will meet with those working committee members who are involved in planning and organizing activities scheduled for that month and the next several months. These working committee meetings might be phone or video conferences or at locations agreed upon by those involved in the working committees. The idea is to make these meetings less formal and easier to attend.

Why are we doing this?
* To alleviate the quorum issue
* To have more useful and efficient meetings
* To allow us to involve people in the community (i.e. chefs, farmers, members of like-minded organizations)in an official capacity but ask them through bi-monthly business meetings
* To clarify attendance and participation responsibilities for the Steering Committee
* To expand opportunities to get involved with Slow Food other than being on the Steering Committee- i.e.,involved in a working committee.

Following is the list of candidates for Steering Committee positions who were elected last night.
Chair: Linda Elbert
Co-Chair: Ted Wright
Secretary: Ted Wright
Treasurer: Steve Widmayer
Communications Chair: Nina Macdonald
Events Chair: Stacey Blaschke
Outreach Chair: Gillian Poe
Special Event/Fundraiser Chair: Wayan Kaufman
Membership: Heather Westenhofer

Linda Elbert

Slow Food OC, Chair

Slow Food Needs Help
We are looking for active participants for our Events and Outreach Committees. Now is a great time to get involved as we will be setting the calendar for the coming year. No experience necessary, just a desire to effect positive change in our community and, of course, a hearty appetite for good food!

EVENTS COMMITTEE: Bring your ideas to promote good, clean and fair - tours, dinners, workshops, classes - take the lead on one specific event or or work on several throughout the year. Please email Stacey at if you'd like to help.

OUTREACH COMMITTEE: School gardens, community gardens, food security, food policy - if you are passionate about taking action in these areas, we need you on this committee. Interested, email Gillian at

Upcoming Events 

The Art of Beekeeping Workshop with Backyard Bees

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

Location: Aliso Viejo 

Open to the public 

We will be reading The Art of Fermentation by Sandor Elix Katz at a house in Aliso Viejo. Please RSVP to

Community Work Day at L'Avocat Orchard

Date: Saturday, April 6th

Time: 9am-12pm

Location: L'Avocat Orchard in Santa Ana 

Open to the public 

The first Saturday of every month, is a Community Work Day at L'Avocat Orchard in Santa Ana. You can read a bit of history on this blog posting.


OC Food Access invites all Slow Food members to help out. For questions or to RSVP, contact Christina Hall at

Urban Chicken Coop Tour and Egg Tasting

Date: Saturday, April 20, 2013

Time: 12 - 3PM

Location: Various yards in the city of Orange
Open to the public 

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.

April Book Club Meeting

Date: Friday, April 26th

Time: 7 PM

Location: Corona del Mar house

Open to the Public

We will be reading John Saturnall's Feast by Lawrence Norfolk. To RSVP, contact Diana Tierney.

Carlsbad Aquafarm Tour and Tasting

Date: Saturday, May 4, 2013

Time: 11AM - 1PM

Location: 4600 Carlsbad Boulevard ▪ Carlsbad, CA 92018

Open to the Public

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 chapter member Michael Millar 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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