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April 2014 Newsletter


In This Issue
Chair's Message
Get Involved
Taste the Ark of Taste
Green Scene
April Book Club Meeting
Update on California GMO Labeling Bill
Volunteers Welcome
Cooking Class at TMA
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Chair's April Message 

Dear Slow Food Community,


Spring is the start of a "new year."  At the March Steering Committee meeting we elected a new slate of committee members, identified members willing to serve in volunteer positions that while not part of the Steering Committee are critical to keeping our chapter running and will be creating a calendar for the next 12 months.  Also, as  inspiration for our "new year" several members of the leadership team attended a Slow Food California leadership meeting in Sacramento and were inspired with ideas for potential new projects and events.


Get Involved! Make Your Voice Heard!  

What directions, projects and events would you like to see Slow Food Orange County take on in the coming year?  This will be the topic of our Steering Committee meeting on Wednesday, April 16.  Please email your ideas to the Steering Committee before the meeting, Even better, join us at the meeting! We will be discussing goals, doing some long range planning and creating an event calendar for the coming year. Let us hear what you are thinking!

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Taste the Ark of Taste - Family Event

Date: Saturday, April 12th

Time: 5 PM - 7 PM

Location: Annaliese School 20062 Laguna Canyon Rd Laguna Beach, CA

Members and non-members welcome


This event is almost sold out! Don't miss your chance to sample delicious, small-production foods prepared by local chefs and served in a beautiful garden setting.



Adults $50 for non-members, $45 for Slow Food members
Children (5 and up) $25 for chidren of non-Slow Food members , $20 for children of Slow Food Members

To Purchase Tickets:
Eventbrite - Taste the Ark of Taste

Green Scene, Fullerton Arboretum

Date: Saturday, April 12th and Sunday, April 13th

Time: 10 AM- 4 PM

Location: Fullerton Arboretum

Members and non-members welcome

Fullerton Arboretum's annual weekend-long outdoor garden event is the spring event to find bulbs, succulents, organic vegetables, varietal plants, garden accessories and garden products. Stop by the SFOC table and say hello!

Book Club Meeting

Date: Friday, April 25th

Time: 6:30 PM

Location: Laguna Beach

Members and non-members welcome

The April book club meeting will be in Laguna Beach. The book by Madhur Jaffrey is Climbing the Mango Trees: A Memoir of a Childhood in IndiaRSVP to Diana Tierney at

Update on California GMO Labeling Bill


From Keith Schildt
California Policy Committee Member


State Senate Bill 1381 (SB1381) was introduced by Senator Evans and co-authored by Senators DeSaulnier and Pavley. The bill would require labeling of food containing genetically engineered ingredients. This bill has a lot of roadblocks going forward but has seen some surprising initial success. Typically, a proposed bill once introduced will be assigned to one or two committees.  SB1381 has been assigned to three committees, which means there will be three places the bill could get stopped.  The three committees are: Health, Judiciary, and Agriculture. In terms of advocacy, no Orange County state senators sit on any of these committees.

Slow Food Orange County Needs You

We are looking for active participants for our Events and Outreach Committees. No experience necessary, just a desire to effect positive change in our community and, of course, a hearty appetite for good food!


EVENTS COMMITTEE: Want to share ideas on how to promote good, clean and fair food? Then take the lead on one specific event or volunteer for the day and help out. To get involved, email Linda Elbert at




Thanks to all the volunteers coming out for Green Scene at the Fullerton Arboretum!  The Outreach Committee is looking for Slow Food Ambassadors to join our team and help share the Slow Food experience with our community.  If you feel comfortable mixing & mingling, meeting new people, and would like to share your connection to good food, join our Ambassador team! We'd love to have you.   Contact Gillian Poe for more information at

Slow Food OC has supported the fantastic garden program at Tustin Memorial Academy (TMA) in a variety of ways over the past few years.  Most recently the garden program was a recipient of our first micro grant to fund their Green Bucks program. At TMA, each class and grade level at the school is responsible for planting, maintaining, and harvesting specific crops in the garden.  

The Green Bucks program rewards students for outstanding participation in the garden program. The Green Bucks have cash value that students can use to make purchases of produce and value-added products at a weekly after-school market stand. The Green Bucks could also be entered into a raffle to win a cooking class presented by Slow Food Orange County, Chair and chef, Linda Elbert.


About 50 students were awarded  participation in the cooking class.  The recipe they made was titled "Garden Wrap-Ups" and when completed looked like individual sushi rolls only made with vegetables, quinoa, humus and a kale leaf wrapper.  ...

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