Help Us Create The OC Slow Food Cookbook

December 12th, 2010 by Stacey Blaschke

Recipes Wanted

Your Recipes Wanted

Let’s make the Slow Food Orange County cookbook a reality! Do you have a holiday recipe you would like to share? A special dish featuring the best produce Southern California has to offer? If so, please mail your recipe to . Ultimately our collected recipes will be published and sold as a fundraiser for Slow Food Orange County.

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Nominate a Sustainable Food Leader for NRDC 2011 Award

December 2nd, 2010 by Stacey Blaschke

Do you know a Sustainable Food Leader who deserves to be recognized for their or want to nominating for NRDC’s 2011 Growing Green Awards? Submit your nomination by December 10, 2010!

About the Growing Green Award

Through this national award, NRDC recognizes extraordinary contributions that advance ecologically integrated farming practices, climate stewardship, water stewardship, farmland preservation, and social responsibility from farm to fork.

A Growing Green Award will be given to an outstanding individual in each of four categories, including Food Producer, Business Leader, Knowledge Leader, and Young Food Leader. A $10,000 cash prize will be awarded in the Food Producer category, and a $5,000 cash prize will be awarded in the Young Food Leader category. All winners will be widely celebrated through outreach to media and NRDC’s networks.

For more info about nomination process and links to online nomination for go here:
Nominations are due by December 10, 2010.

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Edible Institute 2011 in January in Santa Barbara

December 1st, 2010 by Stacey Blaschke

Edible Communities presents Edible Institute 2011 — a weekend of talks, presentations, workshops, and local food & wine tastings — by some of the local food movement’s most influential thinkers, writers, and producers. This event will be held January 29-30, 2011 at the Hotel Mar Monte in Santa Barbara, CA.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Joan Gussow Nutrition and education professor at Columbia University, a member of the National Organic Standards Board, and a board member at the Jessie Noyes Smith Foundation. Gussow is also on the Center for Food Safety’s Advisory Board and the Board of Overseers of the Chefs Collaborative.

Sample of Panels includes (please see website for complete list)

The Future of Food Writing, Recipes and Cookbooks Molly Watson moderator.
Molly O’Neill: Former food columnist for The New York Times Magazine and the host of the PBS series Great Food. Author of four cookbooks, including One Big Table.

Russ Parsons: Food editor and columnist LA Times, author of How to Read a French Fry: And Other Stories of Intriguing Kitchen Science, and How to Pick a Peach: The Search for Flavor from Farm to Table.

Dianne Jacob: Dianne Jacob is the author of Will Write for Food: The Complete Guide to Writing Cookbooks, Blogs, Reviews, Memoir, and More. Previously a newspaper, magazine, and publishing company editor-in-chief, Dianne has been self-employed since 1996 as a writing coach, author, and freelance editor.

Terry Walters: Terry Walters’ first book, CLEAN FOOD, caused a sensation and fueled a nationwide movement about nourishment and clean food that’s been embraced all the way to the White House.

Journalists Talk Strategies for Writing About Industrial Agriculture with Jane Black moderator
Philip Brasher: Correspondent for The Des Moines Register, focusing on agriculture, food, energy and climate issues. Follow Philip Brasher’s reporting on twitter.

Barry Estabrook: Former contributing editor at Gourmet magazine. He now serves on the advisory board of Gastronomica, The Journal of Food and Culture, and writes for the the New York Times, the Washington Post, The, and Saveur.

Bryan Walsh: Time magazine energy and climate writer.

Mighty Wines: Small Family Producers Using Traditional Winemaking Methods (A Focus on Santa Barbara County with Tasting).
Tracey Ryder moderator Tracey Ryder is the President and CEO of Edible Communities, Inc., publishers of over 60 regional food magazines in the US and Canada.
Adam Tolmach Ojai Vineyards
Karen Steinwachs Buttonwood Winery
Richard Sanford Alma Rosa Winery
Doug Margerum Margerum Wine Company
Bob Wesley Winehound Store

Purchase tickets

For more info also see the Edible Communites website at

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