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July 2014 Newsletter

 



In This Issue
Chair's Message
Boldo-Meet, Eat and Give Award
Slow Meat Initiative
Suggest Foods for Ark of Taste
Membership Drive Results
Fresh Plates- Peru - Great Park
Next Steering Committee Meeting
July Book Club Meeting
Volunteer at Outdoor Education Center.
Fresh Plates - Brazil - Great Park
Central OC Food Swap
Volunteers Welcome
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.


Chair's July Message 

 

Over the last few months we have been implementing our Snail of Appreciation award program. This program is a means for Slow Food OC to acknowledge restaurateurs, culinary artisans and CSA producers (community supported agriculture) who exemplify the principles of Slow Food and contribute to the quality, authenticity, and sustainability of food in our community. The three businesses that have received/will receive this award to date are Vitaly, Wheat and Sons Butcher/Rotisserie and Boldo Bol. On the website under the Program tab is a detailed description of the Snail of Appreciation program, information about these businesses, and the forms to use in nomination. 

  



Dinner at Boldo / Snail of Appreciation Ceremony

Date: Wednesday, July 23

Time: 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM

Location: 305-105 E. 4th St. Santa Ana, CA 92701

Members and non-members welcome

Join Slow Food Orange County and Slow Money Southern California at Boldo for dinner, conversation, and the Snail of Appreciation award ceremony. For more information and to RSVP, click on the Eventbrite link.



Slow Meat - A New Slow Food Initiative

I was lucky enough to be one of the hundred delegates selected to participate in Slow Food USA inaugural Slow Meat Symposium from June 20-22 in Denver, Colorado. The delegates ranged from ranchers and other producers, food policy experts and advocates, to others involved in our food system related to meat.  Representatives from Slow Food International were also in attendance.  Delegates spent the better part of two days in facilitated discussions aimed at producing actionable items that Slow Food chapters across the country can implement to help create a more humane and sustainable meat industry with reduced consumption as well.  These items are being cataloged by Slow Food and should be available in late August. 

Read more 



What 'California' Food Do You Want on the Ark of Taste?
 
The Ark of Taste is an international, Slow Food program that identifies small-scale, quality food items associated with the cultures, history and traditions of the entire planet; it is an extraordinary heritage of fruits, vegetables, animal breeds, cheeses, breads, sweets and cured meats. The Ark was created to point out the existence of these products, draw attention to the risk of their extinction within a few generations, and invite actions to help protect them. In some cases this might be by buying and consuming them, in some cases by telling their story and supporting their producers, and in others, such as the case of endangered wild species, this might mean eating less or none of them in order to preserve them and favor their reproduction.



Last Year's Slow Food Membership Drive
A big thank you to everyone who participated in our 2013 membership drive!  Slow Food Orange County received $445 from Slow Food USA memberships.  These funds go to local microgrants supporting good, clean and fair food projects.  All SFUSA memberships now give back to our local chapter, so please join or renew now!



Fresh Plates-Peru

Date: Saturday, July 19

Time: 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Location: Farm + Food Lab - Great Park

Members and non-members welcome

This inspirational workshop series demystifies the great cuisines of the world, and introduces participants to the techniques and benefits of traditional old-world cooking. Local chefs and food experts will demonstrate how to prepare healthy, delicious, international meals from garden to table in less than 30 minutes. Participants will be taught the value and impact of using local, sustainably produced ingredients, and will be provided information on the nutritional value of the cuisine staples with details on how to grow them at home.

 

60 minute presentation/demonstration

Ages 16+ welcome to attend

 

The Peruvian Melting Pot - Food and Culture From Around The World

The three traditional staples of Peruvian cuisine are corn, potatoes, and chili peppers, yet immigrants from Spain, China, Italy, Germany, Japan and Africa all brought their diverse culinary traditions with them resulting in a rich fusion of flavors, ingredients, and cooking techniques. Join us for an informative lesson on the rich history and traditions of Peruvian cuisine.

 

Slow Food OC is helping with this program.



SFOC Steering Committee Meeting

Date: Sunday, July 20th

Time: 5:30 PM

Location: Orange, CA

Members and non-members welcome

All members and interested non-members are welcome to attend all Steering Committee meetings. These meetings are potlucks. To RSVP and find out where the meeting will be held, email chairtwo@slowfoodoc.org.



Book Club Meeting

Date: Friday, July 25th

Time: 6:30 PM

Location: Newport Beach

Members and non-members welcome

The July book club meeting will be in Newport Beach on July 25th. The book is Eating on the Wild Side by Jo Robinson.

 

RSVP to Diana Tierney at diana.tierney3@gmail.com



Volunteer at Outdoor Education Center

Date: Saturday, August 2 - Sunday, August 3

Time: 10AM Sat. - Noon Sun.

Location: Irvine Ranch Outdoor Education Center

Members and non-members welcome

Want to learn more about soil preparation? Want to help others? Then this is the event for you!

Join us at the Irvine Ranch OEC to help prepare some new garden areas. You are welcome to come for the weekend or part or all of Saturday. We'll share a potluck dinner Saturday evening and, if you're staying overnight, sleep in a real bunkhouse!

For more details and to register, go to our Eventbrite page. See you there!



Fresh Plates-Brazil

Date: Saturday, August 2

Time: 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Location: Farm + Food Lab - Great Park

Members and non-members welcome

This inspirational workshop series demystifies the great cuisines of the world, and introduces participants to the techniques and benefits of traditional old-world cooking. Local chefs and food experts will demonstrate how to prepare healthy, delicious, international meals from garden to table in less than 30 minutes. Participants will be taught the value and impact of using local, sustainably produced ingredients, and will be provided information on the nutritional value of the cuisine staples with details on how to grow them at home.

 

60 minute presentation/demonstration

Ages 16+ welcome to attend

 

The Many Tastes Of Brazil - A Cornucopia of Flavors

Brazilian cuisine is an assortment of various regional traditions and dishes that reflect the country's mix of native and immigrant populations as well as the geographical and climate differences of this vast nation. From the coastal low lands, to the tropical interior and border highlands, the variety of fruits, vegetables, grains, and proteins create one of the most diverse culinary palates on the planet. Find out just how amazing Brazillian food is with simple recipes and techniques for the adventurous home cook.

 

Slow Food OC is helping with this program.



Central OC Food Swap

Date: Saturday, August 2, 2014

Time: 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Location: The Village, 1505 E. 17th St., Santa Ana 92705

Members and non-members welcome

A Food Swap is part silent auction/part village marketplace/part fun-loving open house where your homemade creations (breads, preserves, special concoctions, canned goods, etc.) become your own personal currency for use in swapping with other participants. What better way to diversify your pantry and network with like-minded friends and neighbors?

We welcome everyone, as long as you bring something you made, grew, or foraged yourself. We will also consider other homemade non-comestibles (soaps, beauty products, etc) on a case-by-case basis.

Bring an assortment of your homemade edible specialties, think pickles, preserves, baked goods, honey, granola, pasta, fruits, vegetables, herbs, spices, you name it!) to exchange for other handcrafted delights.No money exchanges hands.

Cost: Free

NOTE: You must sign up prior to the event. You may use this link to put yourself on the list.

Eventbrite - Central OC Food Swap -- Mid-Winter Edition!


You will also find additional details about the event, including downloadable forms, when you sign up.



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 chairone@slowfoodoc.org.

 

OUTREACH COMMITTEE:  

 

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 gpoe@ocfoodaccess.org.



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