Los Angeles

Event Announcement: Full-Moon Harvest Dinner

Our friends in the Ojai/Ventura and Santa Barbara convivia have asked us to share the following invitation with Slow Food Los Angeles members and friends:

Best-selling cookbook author Anna Thomas will host a special Full-Moon Harvest Dinner in the farm fields and orchards of Ojai farmer B.D. Dautch to raise money to send local representatives to the Slow Food International Terra Madre Conference. The fundraising event is being sponsored by Slow Food Buon Appetito Santa Barbara and Slow Food Ojai/Ventura.

When: Saturday, October 7, 2006. beginning at 5:00pm
Where: Earthtrine Farm, Ojai
Cost: $110 for Slow Food members; $125 for nonmembers

The five-course dinner will be comprised of ingredients grown, raised or caught within 100 miles. The event will include dinner, a special farm tour, wine, and live music. To register or for more information, please contact Janice Cook Knight at 805.884.0302 or cookingbiz [at] cox [dot] net (Slow Food Buon Appetito, Santa Barbara) or Steve Fields at 805.640.9630 or slowfoodojai [at] earthlink [dot] net (Slow Food Ojai/Ventura).

The fundraising event will help support two local Terra Madre participants, Camarillo farmer Phil McGrath and Ojai caterer Jeri Oshima. McGrath is a fourth-generation farmer who sells his wide mix of organic vegetables and strawberries at farmers markets and to local restaurants from Santa Barbara to Hollywood. Oshima’s Four Worlds Catering focuses its efforts on dishes made from the bounty of local farmers.

The evening will start with a farm tour by long-time organic farmer B.D. Dautch through his acclaimed Earthtrine farm which is filled with fields of vegetables and fruit trees.

The dinner will be prepared by Santa Barbara caterer Kim Shiffer (Fresh Food Catering). Shiffer, who trained at Chez Panisse in Berkeley and under chef Judy Rogers at Zuni Cafe in San Francisco, also is a popular cooking instructor focusing on Mediterranean cuisine at Santa Barbara City College’s Adult Education program. Oshima will supply appetizers and dessert made from produce grown in Ojai. Wine will include several varieties from Richard Sanford’s Alma Rosa Winery. Dinner under the giant oaks will be accompanied by the music of Les Gendarmes du Swing, a French-style swing band.
Anna Thomas, the evening’s host, is the author of three pioneering best-selling cookbooks, The Vegetarian Epicure, The Vegetarian Epicure, Book Two, and The New Vegetarian Epicure. Anna’s long-time love and dedication for the best ingredients has made her a strong advocate for the locally-grown produce movement for many years. Anna is also the co-writer/producer of such award-winning movies as El Norte, Frida, and Mi Familia.

About Terra Madre
The Terra Madre conference is designed to promote an alternative to the current industrial food production system–one where food quality and variety are valued, rural regions thrive, and links between producers and consumers are strong. Terra Madre will be a forum for those who seek to grow, raise, catch, create, distribute and promote food in ways that respect the environment, defend human dignity and protect the health of consumers.

Terra Madre will be a gathering of an unprecedented scale, drawing 5,000 people from 120 nations. Participants will represent ‘”Food Communities,” which means they are part of a chain of production, linked by a common product, ethnic identity, region, history, or approach. Over 450 American and 110 Canadian delegates will attend Terra Madre, including fruit growers, ranchers, honey producers, winemakers, vegetable farmers, artisanal cheesemakers, bread bakers, brewers, chefs and more.