Food for Thought: Food, Films and Picnics at the Orange County Great Park

February 16th, 2011 by Heather Pritchard

Food for Thought: Food, Films and Picnics at the Orange County Great Park

Meet up with friends and family and join us for a new film series that promises not only thought-provoking entertainment but also an evening of picnicking outdoors. Get inspired by award-winning documentary films, and dialogue with nationally recognized speakers.

Bring your own picnic dinner or buy something tasty from a gourmet food truck, the newest food experience sweeping the nation. Local food trucks, championing sustainability and fresh food, will be available before the films and talk.

Series Kick-off Talk

Thursday March 10

Mark Winne, Food Activist and Writer

Picnics begin at 6:30 p.m. Talk at 7:30 p.m. Book signing follows.

Film Series

Thursday, April 21 – “King Corn”

Thursday, May 19 – “Food, Inc.”

Thursday, June 9 – “DIRT! The Movie”

All on Thursday Evenings – Picnicking begins at 6:30 p.m., Film at Dusk

Programs will be held at the Great Park’s Farm & Food Lab.

The films will be held outdoors on the lawn. Lecture will provide seating under tent.

Admission is free.

Location is near the Sand Canyon exit for the 5 Freeway. For directions or more information please visit or call 949-724-7420.


Series Kick-off Talk

“Reclaiming Our Connection to Food: Embracing Food Problems in a Day of New Solutions,” Mark Winne

Thursday, March 10 – Picnicing begins at 6:30 p.m., Talk at 7:30 p.m.

Mark Winne works as a national community food activist, writer, and trainer. From organizing breakfast programs for low-income children to developing innovative national food policies in Washington, DC, Winne has dedicated his work to enabling people to find solutions to their own food problems in communities and across the world. Come hear about urban gardening heroes in Cleveland, feisty farmers in New England, lower income mothers in Texas, and exciting prospects here in Orange County. Hear how people are reclaiming their connection to their food, health, land, and governments.

A book signing follows with his newly released book “Food Rebels, Guerrilla Gardeners, and Smart-Cookin Mamas.”

Film Series

Thursday Evenings – Picnics begin at 6:30 p.m., Film at Dusk

“King Corn”

Thursday, April 21

In this Peabody Award winner, two college friends start a wild journey to learn where their food comes from and they plant and grow an acre corn farm in a local community in Iowa. With humor, beauty and insight, the film explores their path to understanding the broader food production system and farming in America. 88 minutes. Guest speaker: Director Aaron Woolf.

“Food, Inc.”

Thursday, May 19

This Academy Award Nominee film reveals surprising and shocking truths about what we eat, how it’s produced, and who we have become as a nation. The film interviews forward thinkers such as Michael Pollan (In Defense of Food) and Eric Schlosser (Fast Food Nation) to stimulate a deeper understanding of where we are with our food system and how it impacts us as people. 94 minutes

“DIRT! The Movie”

Thursday, June 9

This recent documentary brings to life the science, history, art and philosophy of our most precious living national resource, all within a global perspective. The movie captures the wonder of dirt and the realization that “in taking care of living breathing dirt we are taking care of ourselves.” 90 minutes.

Bring friends, your own picnic, or buy from a local Food Truck and enjoy this outdoor film series. For more information see

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Author Michael Pollan Looking For More Food Rules

November 21st, 2010 by Stacey Blaschke

Food and wisdom have gone hand in hand in many cultures, for as far back as people can remember. It seems like in recent history though these pearls of wisdom have been getting lost. Michael Pollan, author of the Omnivore’s Dilemma and most recent Food Rules is asking people to send him more of your favorite food rules that are healthy and healthful.

From his first book rules included:

Rule 1: Eat food.

Rule 2: Don’t eat anything your great-grandmother wouldn’t recognize as food.

Rule 7: Avoid food products containing ingredients that a third-grader cannot pronounce.

Rule 11: Avoid foods you see advertised on television.

For his next book Michael is looking to expand on his rules and is looking for input from you.

“Many rules reach across cultures and also time, but some of the ones readers have submitted are specifically about navigating the modern food landscape: “It’s not food if it comes to you through the window of a car.” “Don’t eat at any restaurant of which there is more than just one.” “A snack is not the same thing as treat.” “If a bug won’t eat it, why would you?” and so on.

Will you send me a food rule you have found memorable and useful? Perhaps one passed down by your parents or grandparents? Or something you’ve come up with to tell your children – or your self?

Please send your suggestions to

I will include the best ones in the next edition of Food Rules, which will be published next fall and will be pleased to acknowledge your contribution if you so wish.

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