Slow Food Los Angeles

Good, clean and fair food access for all of L.A.

6 August 2012
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Announcing the PopUp Dinner L.A.–Evening in White: August 25, 2012

Slow Food Los Angeles is pleased to help spread the word about a unique and convivial event—-the PopUp Dinner L.A.-—that will benefit Slow Food Los Angeles.

When: Saturday, August 25, 2012 beginning at 5:00pm.
Where: Location to be announced at 3:00pm on the afternoon of the event.
Cost: “Bring Your Own” admission: $28 per person; “Catered Dinner” admission: $78 per person. Ticket price includes permits for space, alcohol permits for our guests to be able to bring wine and champagne, table & chairs, security, bathrooms, medic station, waste management, musicians, and event set up and clean up. A portion of the proceeds will also benefit Slow Food Los Angeles.

What is it?
The PopUp Dinner L.A. is an elegant “pop-up” dinner picnic that will be held in an outdoor location that will remain a secret until the afternoon of the event. Similar dinners have been held in Chicago, Atlanta, San Diego and San Francisco where thousands of people have gathered to celebrate the simple things that connect us all; wonderful food, great wine, and dining with the people we love.

Guests of PopUp L.A. are required to wear all white and bring their own tableware, food, and beverages that reflect a love for dining in an elegant and graceful style. PopUp L.A. will provide tables and chairs.

Event Schedule
On the day of the event, guests will receive an email at 3:00pm with the location information. The evening will progress as follows:

3:00pm: Location revealed via email
5:00-7:00pm: Guest arrival/check-in and set-up
7:00pm: Dinner begins!
7:00-9:00pm: Dinner and live musicians
9:00-10:00pm: Dancing
10:00-11:00pm: Cleanup and departure

Questions? Want to purchase tickets? You can get more information via
email to dine.popupla@gmail.com
the web at www.popupla.info
on Facebook at www.facebook.com/popupla
on Twitter at twitter.com/PopUpLA1

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4 August 2012
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Author Event: Joseph Shuldiner and Pure Vegan at Lindy & Grundy’s

Joseph Shuldiner, an L.A. County Master Food Preserver, the founder of the Altadena Farmers’ Market, and the director of the Institute of Domestic Technology, invites Slow Food Los Angeles members and friends to an event marking the publication of Pure Vegan: 70 Recipes for Beautiful Meals and Clean Living:

When: Sunday, August 19, 2012 from 6:00-8:00pm
Where: Lindy and Grundy, 801 North Fairfax, Los Angeles
Cost: The event is free: Cookbooks will be available for purchase and the author will sign copies.

Reservations are required: Please contact rsvp@purevegancookbook.com with your name and the number in your party.

It may seem odd that a vegan cookbook is being celebrated at a sustainable butcher shop, but that’s in keeping with Shuldiner’s philosophy, which is summed up in his statement, “The title of the book is ‘Pure Vegan,” not ‘Puritanical Vegan.’” This is a book that celebrates eating rather than emphasizing the politics of a vegan lifestyle, and the recipes are both plant-based and indulgent. While all the recipes are non-meat/egg/dairy, Shuldiner’s combinations will appeal to meat-lovers and committed vegans alike.

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4 August 2012
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John Muir High School’s CSA: Muir Ranch

John Muir High School’s CSA program–developed with the assistance of Doss Jones and Mud Baron–received some positive media coverage on our local CBS affiliate recently. Check out the students’ productive season: One we hope is the first of many to come.

Half-, full-, and flower-shares in the CSA are available by contacting Muir Ranch for a membership agreement form at johnmuircsa@gmail.com. More information is available in their online brochure.

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4 August 2012
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Seed Library of Los Angeles (SLOLA) Monthly Meeting

The next meeting of the Seed Library of Los Angeles (SLOLA) will be held on Saturday, August 18 from 2:30 until 4:00pm at The Learning Garden at Venice High School (13000 Venice Boulevard at Walgrove).

In addition to a summer salsa tasting that will showcase produce from members’ gardens, SLOLA is pleased to welcome Jeffrey Smith, author of Seeds of Deception, and Tom Newmark, the founder of Sacred Seeds, who will speak about GMOs and the global food supply, and why Prop 37, California’s “Right to Know” proposition, is vitally important.

As usual, the seed library will be open for seed checkouts and a book signing. A suggested donation of $10 will help support the speakers’ tour on this important topic and SLOLA.

SLOLA monthly meetings are open to the public. For more information, contact membership@slola.org.

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18 May 2012
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Tell Our Representatives You Want a Farm Bill That’s Good, Clean, and Fair

The Farm Bill is the single most important influence on what we eat and produce in the United States. Whether on the grocery shelf or in the planting row, the Bill touches the lives of every single person in this country. It provides support for families battling hunger, helps communities operate farmers’ markets, and, unfortunately, subsidizes the production of food that is making us and our planet sick.

 Rarely does the everyday person have a chance to affect what goes in the Food and Farm Bill. Right now is our unique opportunity.


Tell the House of Representatives how to make the next Farm Bill good, clean, and fair!

Using the link above, submit your own comments or copy and paste Slow Food USA’s suggested message:

As the committee considers the 2012 Farm Bill, I urge you to:
1. Support our fight against hunger by maintaining and strengthening critical nutrition programs in this time of unprecedented need. We must not solve our budget problems on the backs of those experiencing food insecurity, including our most vulnerable – our children, the elderly, and the disabled;
2. Provide an even “plowing” field by fully funding programs that support beginning and socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers, organic farming, regional farm and food economies, and rural development. We need more farmers and ranchers, more sustainable food production, and more economic opportunity in our food system;
3. Support family farmers that really need help, not the biggest farms that don’t: End subsidies (aka direct payments and counter-cyclical commodity programs), and replace them with loophole-free agriculture risk coverage. Additionally, implement a cap on crop insurance premium subsidies;
4. Ensure that limited conservation funding maximizes lasting environmental benefits: Limit funds to Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs) for animal waste management infrastructure by eliminating the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) Livestock Set-aside and protect the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) from disproportionate cuts, and improve it by ranking applications solely on their conservation benefits.

For more information about the Farm Bill, visit the Food Fight website. Or read how Slow Food defines “good, clean, and fair” food.

This Sunday is your last day to submit comments, so please take a few minutes to join the chorus of those who want change in our food system.

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23 April 2012
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Slow Food USA now accepting internship applications

Slow Food USA is now accepting applications for summer internships based in its Brooklyn, New York headquarters. Available positions are below. Minimum hours per week: 15 – 20. To apply, email your cover letter and resume to the contact listed for the internship you are interested in. Note: If you apply to more than one internship, please indicate which internships you are applying for in your cover letter. Applications will be accepted until May 1, 2012.

Development Internships
The Development team is looking for interns to assist with resource generation, including membership, individual giving and institutional giving. Projects will include conducting research for major donor prospects; helping create development communications materials; assisting with appeals for donors at the middle donor level; and negotiating various discounts and promotions for members. Interns may be involved with editing grant proposals and reports, stewardship pieces, compiling food news briefings and blog posts and with designing development communications pieces, as needed. Through this experience, the Development interns will learn valuable fundraising and grassroots outreach skills, while supporting our work to promote good, clean and fair food. To apply, email your cover letter and resume to Aimee Thunberg at aimee@slowfoodusa.org

Qualifications:
Excellent written and interpersonal communication skills
Previous experience working with databases
Proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel
Research experience
Ability to manage multiple projects at once
Outstanding attention to detail
Experience with graphic design and use of Adobe Creative Suite software preferred

Terra Madre and International Congress Internship
The Programs team is looking for an intern to help organize the U.S. delegation to Terra Madre , a biennial international event that celebrates good, clean, and fair food worldwide, and International Congress, a global gathering of Slow Food leaders that happens every 5 years. The Terra Madre and International Congress intern will work with staff to coordinate housing, travel, and food logistics for 200+ U.S. delegates to (30%); design, create and distribute 200+ pre-event informational and fundraising kits (30%); design and create 200+ welcome packages for delegates (30%); and research and recommend readings and mixed media on international food & farming issues (10%). Recommended internship is 25 hours per week. To apply, email your cover letter and resume to Hnin W. Hnin at hnin@slowfoodusa.org

Qualifications:
Thrives in a collaborative environment
Is creative and takes initiative
Strong graphic design, communication, and writing skills
Knowledgeable of international food & farming issues
Experience coordinating pre-event logistics
Ability to manage many moving pieces while having an attention to detail
Commitment to cross-cultural exchange and anti-oppression, specifically around issues of nationality, race, class, and culture

Public Relations & Marketing Internship
The PR & Marketing team is looking for an intern to assist our PR & Marketing Manager in supporting Slow Food USA communications. Responsibilities will include monitoring and analyzing media coverage, researching trends, building media lists, drafting press releases and pitches, conducting select media outreach, updating the Slow Food USA press kit, participating in brainstorming sessions, and contributing to the development of new ideas and projects. To apply, email your cover letter and resume to Emily Walsh at emilyw@slowfoodusa.org

Qualifications:
Excellent written and interpersonal communication skills
Ability to manage multiple projects at once
Outstanding attention to detail
Interest in public relations, journalism and/or media

Network Development Internship
The Programs team is looking for an intern to assist with developing and supporting our local Slow Food network and chapters. Responsibilities include helping to develop and beta test new chapter orientation (25%); helping to develop and pilot chapter performance management system (25%); monitoring new chapter inquiries and guiding people through the process of starting a chapter (20%); interviewing chapters that are doing amazing projects and drafting spotlights on them for emails and blog posts (20%); cleaning and maintaining chapter and leader database (10%). To apply, email your cover letter and resume to Hnin W. Hnin at hnin@slowfoodusa.org

Qualifications:
Thrives in a collaborative environment
Is creative and takes initiative
Strong communication, phone, and writing skills
Experience developing leadership, especially youth/student leadership
Experience managing and analyzing data, with attention to detail
Knowledgeable of food & farming issues
Commitment to anti-oppression, especially with regard to race, class, gender, culture

Programs Administrative and Leadership Support Internship
The National Programs Director is looking for an intern to assist with general administrative support, scheduling, and project management. Responsibilities include working with the Director to manage the Slow Food USA Governor Committee (agendas, note taking, communications), managing the schedule of the Director and Program staff, light filing, managing email and phone communications, and supporting the network engagement project. To apply, email your cover letter and resume to Sung E Bai after April 15th to jsb@slowfoodusa.org

Qualifications:
Excellent written and interpersonal communication skills
Outstanding attention to detail
Ability to manage multiple projects at once

Executive Support Internship
The Executive Office is looking for an intern will work closely with the Assistant to the President & Manager of Special Projects to manage both day-to-day activities and longer-term projects, and to ensure successful preparation of materials for the President’s meetings and events. Primary responsibilities will include: coordinating logistics for a 10-week educational program on America’s food system; helping to organize and prepare the President for daily meetings and out-of-town travel; conducting research and analysis to support organizational and executive projects; and assisting with administrative tasks as necessary. To apply, email your cover letter and resume to Vanessa Arcara at vanessa@slowfoodusa.org

Qualifications:
Excellent written and interpersonal communication skills
Experience with scheduling
Outstanding attention to detail
Ability to manage multiple projects at once

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7 February 2012
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Can It! 2012: The Los Angeles Foodsteader Tour

Food Forward has announced the 2012 Can It! series of hands-on classes, four opportunities to learn from Master Food Preservers at unique locations in and around Los Angeles:

March 31, 2012: To kick off the series, join Ernest Miller, founder of the Los Angeles Master Food Preserver program, at The Farmer’s Kitchen in Hollywood for a class on the basics of canning. Under Chef Miller’s guidance, the Master Food Preserver program has become one of the region’s most sought-after programs focusing on food safety and preservation

June 30, 2012: Stephen Rudicel owns the Press Restaurant in Claremont and is a founder of Mariposa Creamery in Altadena. Class will take place at the Creamery, a microdairy through which Stephen promotes home dairying and cheesemaking through classes and internships.

September 8, 2012: Craig Ruggless will welcome students to Winnetka Farms, a suburban homestead in Winnetka that includes a stonefruit orchard, a flock of Barnevelder chickens, and a half-acre vegetable garden that produces an extraordinary range of Italian heirloom vegetables and herbs.

November 3, 2012: Jessica Koslow of Sqirl in Silver Lake will share her experience making small batch preserves with produce from family-owned local farms that practice sustainable methods.

Participants will learn recipes and processes and glean inside information about food preserving businesses that reflect the growing and diverse foodsteading community.

Each class will take place from 10:00am until 2:00pm at the locations noted above. The fee for the four-part series includes class time, samples, recipes, a Ball Canning accessory kit, and a Food Forward apron. Attendance is limited to 15 students to ensure that each class will provide ample opportunities to participate. All profits generated from the series benefit Food Forward and their array of gleaning programs in the greater Los Angeles area.

The cost of the four-part class is $475 and registration may be made through EventBrite. Those interested in attending individual sessions of the series (rather than subscribing to the entire series) should contact Meg Glasser at meg [at] foodforward [dot] org for information.

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7 February 2012
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“Gardening on the Farm and in the City” at the Santa Monica Public Library

Thanks to Laura Avery and Jodi Low for a reminder about the next Santa Monica Farmers’ Market Library Panel event, Gardening on the Farm and in the City:

When: Thursday, February 9, 2012 from 7:00pm until 9:00pm
Where: Santa Monica Public Library, Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Boulevard, Santa Monica (MLK, Jr. Auditorium)
Cost: Free and open to the public

Join farmer Nate Peitso of Maggie’s Farm, L.A. County Master Gardener and Master Food Preserver Sarah Spitz, chef Sal Marino of Il Grano, and urban homesteader Craig Ruggless of Winnetka Farms in a lively discussion about how their gardens grow. The discussion will be moderated by Darra Henigan of the Santa Monica Farmers’ Markets.

Post-discussion market treats for attendees will be prepared by Sal Marino.

MLK Auditorium seating is limited and available on a first-arrival basis. Overflow seating will be available in the 2nd floor multipurpose room. Doors open at 6:45pm, lecture begins promptly at 7:00pm. The Santa Monica Public Library is wheelchair accessible. For special disabled services call Library Administration at 310.458.8606.

For more information about the Santa Monica Farmers’ Markets, visit their website.

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10 January 2012
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Applications Now Accepted for the Los Angeles County Master Food Preservers Spring 2012 Class

Los Angeles has seen a surge of interest in food preservation techniques, from pickling and canning to liqueur making, fermentation, and cheesemaking. Thanks in large part to the leadership of Ernest Miller, chef of The Farmer’s Kitchen in Hollywood, the program has quickly become one of the most sought-after educational opportunities in southern California.

Applications are now being accepted for the Spring 2012 class, which begins on Tuesday, March 20, 2012 and will meet each week until June 5. Completed applications must be submitted by February 10, 2012, and both the application and additional information are available online.

For more information about the L.A. County Master Food Preserve Program, visit their webpage on the University of California’s Cooperative Extension site, like their Facebook page, and/or follow them on Twitter @LACountyMFP.

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3 January 2012
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School Garden Plugmob Alert

Irrepressible school garden advocate Mud Baron has announced the first plugmob of 2012. Representatives of school gardens can benefit from Mud’s work at the San Pedro Science Center and his network of donors and take away seeds and seedlings to get a garden started or to supplement plantings that are already underway.

Details noted below. For more information, contact Mud at schoolgarden [at] gmail [dot] com or find him on Twitter @cocoxochitl.

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