January 15th, 2014 by Nina Macdonald
Happy New Year to All,
The advent of a new year brings the opportunity to get involved with the Slow Food Orange County Steering Committee. In March we will have openings on our steering committee. We would like to make a change in the way our steering committee works so people begin in a co-chair position for one year, then become chair, mentoring a new co-chair the following year. We have not had co-chairs in the past so we do have open positions for both chair and co-chair in some situations. Following is a description of each position on the Steering Committee. In addition to the responsibilities of the position itself, there is a monthly committee meeting that includes a potluck dinner. This meeting alternates between Wednesday and Sunday evenings to accommodate varying schedules. Committee members are asked to attend at least five meetings each year. (As a side note, all steering committee meetings are open to Slow Food members as well as those interested in becoming members.) If you think you might be interested in getting involved please join us for a meeting to meet our team and see how we work together.
At this time we are looking are looking for co-chairs in all positions as well as an Event Chair and Special Event Chair.
Chair and Co-Chair – organize meeting, set policy and direction of group, interface with Slow Food USA and Slow Food California keeping the chapter members informed and involved with Slow Food as a national & state-wide organization. Complete annual chapter report.
Treasurer – Keep the books, handle payment of money distributed in micro grant program, file tax documents, handle insurance payments and obtain permits as needed for events.
Secretary – Gather items for the agenda for the monthly meetings of the Steering Committee meeting, keep the minutes of that meeting, and distribute the minutes for proof reading, eventually filing them in the Slow Food DropBox.
Communications Chair – Ensures membership is informed about Slow Food related events. This involves coordinating content and mailing out a monthly newsletter, emailing announcements, promoting the chapter on social media and maintaining the SFOC website.
Membership Chair – Maintain chapter membership list, have membership materials available at events, communicate with membership chair at the national office. Develop a committee of volunteers who will meet and greet newcomers and facilitate their involvement in the chapter.
Outreach Chair – Track issues of political and social significance to Slow Food members and serve as primary liaison to non-profit partners. Develop ambassadors who can inform the general public about the Slow Food movement and act as the liaison for farmers & chefs who subscribe to the Slow Food philosophy. Coordinate school garden involvement and OC Food Swap.
Events Chair – Create events for both members and the public that speak specifically to Slow Food’s ideal of good, clean and fair food for all. Events may also involve fund raising for the Slow Food OC micro grant program and membership activities. The events chair creates a community presence in the Slow Food Orange County. Chapter members may initiate events that the events chair will assist in executing.
Special Events Chair – plan and implement a large, annual fundraising event.
Chair, Slow Food Orange County
January 15th, 2014 by Nina Macdonald
A December Tamale Class held in honor of Terra Madre Day, the anniversary of Slow Food was terrific! Terra Madre Day is a celebration of eating locally and celebrating diversity of food traditions. We received many generous donations that unexpectedly allowed this class to serve as a fundraiser for our micro grant program. Laguna Culinary Arts donated a day in their kitchen, the Stadium Brewery restaurant donated ingredients and Chef Octavio Montoya donated his time in teaching. This was an all-day class. Octavio generously made us a lunch teaching us also how to make gorditas and churros. We made the BEST TAMALES EVER, and everyone took home a dozen to share with friends and family! Thanks to all for their generosity!
January 14th, 2014 by Nina Macdonald
On Wednesday evening, December 11th, 32 members and non-members of Slow Food gathered together to eat and mingle and ring in the holidays on the lovely patio area at our holiday mixer at the new Italian eatery Vitaly, located in Costa Mesa at The Camp. Vitaly is owned by Maurizio and Barbara Cocchi who were born and raised in Bologna Italy and now transplanted to Orange County.
We enjoyed sparkling water, on the house teas and coffee and an abundant amount of of piadina and cassone sandwiches. Our affable host and restaurant owner, Maurizio, treated us to a short presentation on the house specialty made on the premises called piadina. Piadina is an ancient, 2000 year old, thin flat bread made without yeast. It is typically prepared in the Emilio-Romagna region of Italy. It is usually made with white flour, lard, olive oil, salt and water. The dough is traditionally cooked on a terracotta dish called a teggia. Piadina is the bread used for the sandwiches served at Vitaly.
Vitaly is located at
2937 Bristol St
Costa Mesa, CA 92626