2013 - 2014 Slow Food OC Steering Committee Members

Chair- Linda Lewis Elbert

Linda Elbert is a Ph.D. Psychologist who decided to change careers and went to cooking school. She now teaches cooking classes and owns The Basement Table, a once-a-month feast.

She recently attended the US Slow Food Congress in Louisville, KY and Terra Madre in Italy in the Fall of 2012.

Co-Chair and Secretary - Ted Wright

Ted Wright has a Ph.D. in Cognitive psychology. He is on the faculty at the University of California, Irvine. Ted, a committed cook since college, has a long-standing interest in the question of how to reconcile the advantages of food grown locally and sustainably with the challenges of providing good quality, affordable food for the world. When Ted was introduced to Slow Food by his daughter Haywood, he felt that he had been presented with an organization that perfectly reflected his interests. Ted's other interests include hiking and photography.

Treasurer - Steve Widmayer


Communications Chair - Nina Macdonald

Nina Macdonald

Nina Macdonald, a longtime web developer, got introduced to Slow Food through her daugher, Haywood, and husband, Ted. She has taken over sending out the newsletter and keeping the web site more or less up-to-date.

Special Events Chair - Wayan Kaufman

Events Chair - Stacey Blaschke

Outreach Chair - Gilian Poe

Membership Chair - Heather Westenhofer

Heather Westenhofer is a long-standing member of the Slow Food Orange County Steering Committee. She teaches home cheesemaking locally as OC Cheesemaker and is passionate about improving body and soul through food that is good, clean and fair. When not tending to her chickens or making and eating cheese, Heather works as the Assistant to the Dean of the College of Performing Arts at Chapman University.

High School Members

Sophie Loeb

Sophie Loeb is a junior at Arnold O. Beckman High School in Irvine. Slow Food Orange County sparked her interest after attending the annual summer barbecue the organization puts on each year. She has a passion for cooking, food blogging, and restaurant critiquing. Her passion for food developed out of a nutrition course taken in middle school, blossomed from there, and has branched out to include a zeal for food justice, sustainability, and local produce. Sophie serves as president of her self-made Food Appreciation Club at Beckman in which she strives to make all the components of food, from field to table, more approachable to a high school audience. Sophie has used her position as a member of the Outreach Committee for Slow Food OC to branch out and gain real world experience in the community. On her weekends, Sophie enjoys volunteering at the Orange County farmer's market and cooking for her family and friends. Slow Food OC has proven to be a gigantic stepping stone in Sophie's constant journey in the foodie realm.