July Chair’s Letter

July 14th, 2014 by Linda Elbert

Dear Slow Food Orange County,

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.

One of thDSC_0033e side benefits of implementing this program has been the opportunity to spend time with other Slow Food members at a more personal level. Each time we presented an award we gathered together a few members to share a meal at the restaurant when presenting the award. This created the classic Slow Food conviviality around the table breaking bread! With no structured program, members had time to talk and get to know each other. Given that our chapter encompasses all of Orange County getting to know one another is not always easy. This was such a great opportunity we decided we should open it up to more people when presenting the third award to Boldo.

As you will see in this newsletter, we have organized a mixer at Boldo for the evening when we present our Snail of Appreciation award. Joining us in this mixer is Slow Money Southern California. Slow Money is a non-profit network that connects farmers, entrepreneurs, investors, thought-leaders and everyday folks interested in developing alternative resources that help strengthen and diversify our local food system. Slow Money was founded by Woody Tasch, former chairman of Investors’ Circle — a nonprofit network of over 200 angel investors, professional venture capitalists, foundations, family offices and others. The idea to initiate the Slow Money movement came to Woody Tasch while he was writing his book Inquiries Into the Nature of Slow Money– Investing as if Food, Farms and Fertility Mattered. Slow Food founder, Carlo Petrini wrote the forward to Tasch’s book and was the keynote speaker at the 2013 Slow Money national convention. The Slow Food philosophy is that everyone has a fundamental right to the pleasure of good food and consequently, the responsibility to protect the heritage of food, and the tradition and culture that make this pleasure possible. The Slow Money movement seeks to create capital flows to support “slow food” enterprises. Slow Money’s mission is to find ways to raise and allocate capital to support diverse, small scale agriculture and small food enterprises that are dedicated to using sustainable agricultural practices. Slow Food is a network of people who support good, clean and fair food and Slow Money can offer financial resources to build and support this network. We look forward to working in partnership.

Linda Elbert

Slow Food Orange County, Chair

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