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Event Announcement: Orange County BBQ

Our colleagues in the Orange County chapter invite Slow Food Los Angeles members and friends to an upcoming event:ocbbq.png

Slow Food Orange County will hold its first barbeque in Bommer Canyon in the City of Irvine. The barbeque is an event for the whole family and will focus on awareness of good, clean, and fair food.

When: Saturday, May 30, 2009. See below for schedule starting at 3:00pm.
Where: Bommer Canyon, One Bommer Canyon Road, Irvine
Cost: $25 for Slow Food members, $35 for nonmembers, $15 for children under 12. Price includes dinner and wine.
Tickets: Tickets are available via Brown Paper Tickets. Space is strictly limited and there will be no on-site ticket sales.

Prior to the main event will be an optional short loop hike at 3:00 pm, guided by a docent from the Irvine Ranch Conservancy. Bommer Canyon is not generally open to the public and is the site of the old Irvine Ranch Cattle Camp. It is an important preservation area for many local plants and wildlife, including several endangered species. Hike distance will be one mile on the Nature Trail and Corral loops and will last about one hour. It is a very easy hike and suitable for all ages and abilities. There will be several stops during the hike that will focus on food plants that are native to the Orange County region. We will see, smell, and hopefully taste (there should be berries at this time of year) plants that are edible for wildlife and humans, incorporating Native American uses and relevance to the modern world.

The barbeque will begin at 5:00pm and will be prepared by Chef Thomas Ryan, Executive Chef of the Big Canyon Country Club, and a team of Slow Food members and culinary students from Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa. The main course will be chicken from Mary’s Organic Free-Range Chickens in Fresno, CA. Mary’s Free-Range Chickens are produced by Pitman Farms, a family-owned business that has been raising poultry for three generations.

The meal will also feature heirloom beans, fresh spring white corn on the cob (fresh from the farmers’ market and grilled over an open fire), organic green salad with vinaigrette dressing, freshly-baked corn bread, and seasonal fruit for dessert. There will be a vegetarian main course available as well, and select wines are included in the ticket price, selected by the wine buyer for Trader Joe’s.

Seating will be family-style and trivia questions and lively conversation will be plentiful.

Proceeds from the dinner will benefit Slow Food Orange County and the Monkey Business Café.
The Monkey Business Café is a program of Hart Community Homes, a residential community for boys age 13-18 in foster care system. Youth “aging-out” of the foster care system at the age of 18 without adequate independent living skills has been a growing national concern for decades. Monkey Business Café, a non-profit social enterprise, was opened in August 2005 in direct response to the need for further support. Monkey Business Café offers a six-month paid job training program. Participants work one-on-one with a job coach to foster a pathway to success that includes work experience, employability skills and living skills. Employees of the Monkey Business Café will help to staff the barbeque.

The event is graciously sponsored by Slow Food Orange County, with contributing sponsors Whole Foods Market and Trader Joe’s.

For more information about the barbeque or the Orange County chapter of Slow Food, contact Roger McErlane, President of the Orange County chapter, at slowfoodoc@yahoo.com.

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