Slow Food Los Angeles

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

1 January 2012
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Happy 2012!

Wishes for a happy, healthy, convivial, and delicious 2012 to our members, colleagues, and friends.

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22 October 2011
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Chasen Kuyo 2011

A perennial favorite among Slow Food members and friends is the annual Chasen Kuyo (Tea Ceremony Celebration) of the Zenshuji Soto Buddhist Temple. Many thanks to Lauren Deutsch for alerting us to each year’s details, including those for this year’s event:

When: Sunday, November 6, 2011, 11:00am – 3:00pm
Where: Zenshuji Soto Mission, 123 S. Hewitt Street, Los Angeles
Cost: $45 per person (includes admission, kaiseki lunch, two tea ceremonies and sweets).

ADVANCE RESERVATIONS REQUIRED: DEADLINE: FRIDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2011. Reservations are limited: No walk-ins are permitted on the day of the event. Payment in full by check should be made in advance to Zenshuji Sado-bu and sent to 123 S. Hewitt Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012. For more information, call 213.624.8658.

You don’t have to go to Kyoto for authentic Japanese Zen Tea Ceremony culture. Zenshuji Soto Buddhist Temple in Little Tokyo, downtown Los Angeles, invites the Slow Food members and friends to attend its annual Chasen Kuyo, celebration of the chasen, the bamboo tea whisk used to make a bowl of matcha (powdered green tea). The event attracts practitioners of all Japanese tea ceremony schools in the region in seasonal kimono.

This chakai (tea ceremony gathering) combines two distinct temae (tea procedures) in the temple’s tea venues and a superbly prepared chaseki (meal for tea ceremony) incorporating seasonal shojin riori (vegetarian temple cuisine) crafted by the temple’s chefs.                

Chanoyu (tea ceremony is not often enjoyed outside Japan in its original context, that of a Zen Buddhist Temple. Zenshuji, one of the oldest and most prominent Zen temples in North America, is unique to host this event. The day begins with a solemn Buddhist service in the hondo (main sanctuary) offering tea in appreciation of the efforts of the humble hand-tool. A talk about Zen and Chado (the “Way of Tea”) will follow chanting of traditional Buddhist sutras.

English language explanation of the events will be provided by Slow Food Los Angeles member Lauren Sochi Deutsch, a licensed instructor of Urasenke Chado. Chairs will be available.

Organizers
Zenshuji’s Tea Ritual organization is headed by Hiromi Sosei Yamashita, sensei, a senior student of the Chado Urasenke Distinguished Tea Master and USA/NEA National Heritage Fellow Sosei Matsumoto Sensei, of Los Angeles. The Zenshuji Sado-bu (tea ceremony teaching organization) presented chanoyu demonstrations at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City and has been active for over 30 years. Lauren Sochi Deutsch also has been a student of Matsumoto Sensei since 1985. She has written about chanoyu in such publications as Parabola and Kyoto Journal, and has done lecture demonstrations at UCLA, the Olympics, Embassy of Japan in Washington DC, among other places.

For additional information about the tea ceremony in Los Angeles: http://www.urasenkela.org.

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19 September 2011
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Edible Education: Marion Nestle on Food Politics

The third session of UC Berkeley’s Edible Education class featured Marion Nestle, whose contributions to our understanding of food politics and nutrition are significant and extraordinarily helpful. Dr. Nestle regularly blogs at foodpolitics.com and is an active member of the food community on Twitter where she writes @marionnestle.

Once again, we offer our thanks to Bon Appétit Management Company for streaming the Edible Education classes live each Tuesday evenings beginning at 6:00pm Pacific, and for making these videos available for later viewing on the UC Berkeley YouTube channel. The video of last week’s class is available below:

A list of class dates, featured speakers and speaker bios, and class themes is available on the People’s Grocery Facebook page (Facebook membership not required).

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15 September 2011
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Family Supper at Good Girl Dinette

The Young Folks Urban Farmers extend an invitation to Slow Food Los Angeles members and friends to attend their upcoming event, “Family Supper: A Celebration of Good Food and Community” at Good Girl Dinette in Highland Park.

This celebration of friends, family, community, and local food will benefit the Young Folks’ pilot project at the Los Angeles Leadership Academy‘s urban farm and will be completely sourced from local farmers. The meal will be prepared by Diep Tran, founder and chef of Good Girl Dinette, and Jullia Carr, Daniel Lawler, and Justin Gardner of the Young Folks Urban Farmers.

When: Monday, October 3, 2011 at 7:00pm
Where: Good Girl Dinette, 110 N Ave 56, Highland Park (90042)
Cost: $35 per person. Tickets may be purchased online through EventBrite (via credit card) or at the Good Girl Dinette (cash or check only). Online sales will end at 9pm on October 2 or when tickets have sold out, whichever comes first.

Good Girl Dinette’s owner and Executive Chef Diep Tran has over 15 years of restaurant experience. Born into the business, her family founded one of the very first Vietnamese restaurants in Orange County and LA, Pho 79. Diep has been featured on The Food Network, and Good Food. For two consecutive years, Good Girl Dinette has been included in Jonathan Gold’s 99 Essential LA Restaurants, as well as being one of the star restaurants at LA Weekly’s Gold Standard. Good Girl Dinette is the first and only Vietnamese diner in the area, suffused with warmth and retro style where folks can connect and linger with family and friends.
 
Young Folks Urban Farmers is a community action network dedicated to changing the way communities feed themselves. Starting at the root of the issue, Young Folks advocates for the proliferation of urban agriculture in Los Angeles and encourages youth involvement as a key factor in changing our food system. To start, the group has partnered with the Los Angeles Leadership Academy to bring our community a fully functioning, 4-acre farm in the hills of Lincoln Heights. With the help of farmers, students, teachers, faculty, and community members, Young Folks has been developing an innovative approach to sustainability through urban food production. Young Folks is trying to build a prototype for institutions to able to feed themselves and support their constituents. Our goal is to not only be able to provide food, but to build support networks revolving around our community food system.

The farm currently occupies a half acre of the four-acre site and is growing tomatoes, beans, squash, cucumber, strawberries, melons, and peppers. As Julia Carr notes, “We have accomplished this with little formal funding but lots of support from the school, neighborhood, friends, and student interns. We are determined to cultivate the rest of the land and prove that food sustainability can be reality through hard work and a strong network of community support and involvement.”

This fall Young Folks will be teaching an Urban Farming elective to the high school students of the Los Angeles Leadership Academy as well as implementing an after school program, and the October 3 dinner will help further these programs. Slow Food Los Angeles is proud to support their efforts and we hope to see many members and friends at this event!

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8 September 2011
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Edible Education: Peter Sellars on Food as Culture

Students and guests at the second session of UC Berkeley’s Edible Education class were treated to a provocative and timely lecture by Peter Sellars, whose passion for social justice and the role of art in opening eyes and minds is well known to fans of his theatrical work and his lectures as part of UCLA’s World Arts and Cultures program.

Thanks to Bon Appétit Management Company, the Edible Education classes are being streamed live on Tuesday evenings beginning at 6:00pm Pacific and will also be available for later viewing on the UC Berkeley YouTube channel. The video of this week’s class is available below:

A list of class dates, featured speakers and speaker bios, and class themes is available on the People’s Grocery Facebook page (Facebook membership not required).

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5 September 2011
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Good Food Film Series September Event: The Harvest/La Cosecha

In some countries, children pick crops for 14 hours a day. The United States is one of those countries.

The fourth event in this summer’s Good Food film series, part of the opening day of the Good Food Festival & Conference, will feature The Harvest/La Cosecha, a documentary directed by U. Roberto Romano that provides an unvarnished view of child and migrant labor in the United States’ food system.

As Tomatoland author Barry Estabrook recently noted,

Under [U.S.] law, there is no minimum age for children to work on small farms, provided they have parental permission. At age 12, children are allowed to work on any farm if their parents consent. By age 14 a child no longer needs parental permission. In non-agricultural jobs, children between the ages of 14 and 15 are allowed to work a maximum of three hours on a school day and eight hours on a non-school day. There are no daily limits for farmworkers. And like adult farmworkers, children in agriculture are entitled to no overtime, even if they work more than eight hours a day or more than 40 hours a week. By age 16, it is perfectly legal for a child to mix, handle, and apply even the most toxic pesticides.

Following the film will be a discussion about the labor issues that are invisible to most consumers’ eyes but are critically important to any conversation about making our food system fairer and safer. Our panelists will include Tom Philpott, a nationally recognized commentator on food and agricultural policy. Lisa Lucas Talbot, chapter leader of Slow Food Los Angeles and Slow Food USA’s regional governor for southern California, will moderate the discussion.

When: Wednesday, September 14, 2011 beginning at 7:30pm
Where: The Aero Theatre, 1328 Montana Avenue, Santa Monica
Cost: Tickets range from $7.00 to $11.00 and are available online or at the Aero Theatre box office.

Tom Philpott writes the Food for Thought column for Mother Jones magazine and before that was a contributor to Grist. Tom is the cofounder of Maverick Farms, a center for sustainable food education in Valle Crucis, North Carolina. His work on food politics has appeared in Newsweek, Gastronomica, and the Guardian. Maverick Farms has been featured in Gourmet and The New York Times, and in September 2008, Food & Wine named Philpott one of “ten innovators” who “will continue to shape the culinary consciousness of our country for the next 30 years.” In 2011, he was a finalist for a James Beard Foundation Journalism Award in the “Food-Related Columns and Commentary” category.

Films in the series have been selected by the Good Food Festival Film Committee (Lisa Lucas Talbot, Laura Avery, Marguerite Kenner, Susan Haymer, and Corinne Bourdeau) and are being screened with the generous assistance of the staff of the American Cinematheque.

The inaugural Good Food Festival & Conference, launched as part of the celebration of the 30th anniversary of the Santa Monica Farmers’ Market, will be held September 14 through 18 and will feature an exceptional array of speakers, demonstrations, and events that will celebrate the bounty of our foodshed and consider the state of our food system. More information is being posted daily on the Good Food Festival website.

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5 September 2011
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At the Market: Kicking Off the 30th Anniversary Celebration of the Santa Monica Farmers’ Market

Amelia Saltsman, author, The Santa Monica Farmers' Market CookbookJoin Amelia Saltsman, author of The Santa Monica Farmers’ Market Cookbook, and friends as they kick off the Good Food Festival and Conference with a day of cooking demos, tastes, and conversation at the Santa Monica Farmers’ Market. Special guest Suzanne Goin will open the day’s festivities, and she and Amelia will also sign their bestselling books on market-driven cooking. Come to where it all began 30 years ago!
When: Wednesday, September 14, 2011. Market hours are 8:30am until 1:30pm; program will run from 10:00am until 1:00pm
Where: The Santa Monica Farmers’ Market at 3d and Arizona, Santa Monica
Cost: Free; copies of Amelia’s and Suzanne’s books will be available for purchase and signing

Suzanne Goin, author of Sunday Suppers at LucquesThe Schedule
10:00am
Suzanne Goin, AOC, Lucques, Tavern, Sunday Suppers at Lucques
Opening Remarks

10:15am
Roxana Jullapat, Cook County Restaurant
Mike Cirone, Cirone Farms
Easy Apple Fritters, Slow-Roasted Apples, Apple-Cheddar Tart

11:15am
Amelia Saltsman, The Santa Monica Farmers’ Market Cookbook
Jerry Rutiz, Rutiz Family Farm
Vegetable Lightning Round

12:15 pm
Erika Nakamura, Lindy & Grundy
Marcie Jimenez, Jimenez Family Farm
Lamb Breakdown, Marcie’s Greek Lamb Kabobs

(With thanks to The Gourmandise School of Sweets & Savories and St. Joseph’s Culinary Training Program.)

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30 August 2011
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Edible Education: Carlo Petrini on the Rise and Future of the Food Movement

The inaugural session of UC Berkeley’s Edible Education class was held this evening and featured Carlo Petrini, founder of Slow Food, on the Rise and Future of the Food Movement. Thanks to Bon Appétit Management Company, these classes are being streamed live and will also be available for later viewing on YouTube. The video of tonight’s class (87 minutes) is available below:

Nikki Henderson of People’s Grocery in Oakland and Michael Pollan are coteaching the class, and future sessions will feature contributions by Peter Sellars, Marion Nestle, Ann Cooper, Raj Patel, Eric Schlosser, Alice Waters, Frances Moore Lappé, and others.

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29 July 2011
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Good Food Festival Film Series August Event: Queen of the Sun

The third event in this summer’s Good Food Festival Film Series will feature Queen of the Sun, a documentary directed by Taggart Siegel that explores the phenomenon known as “colony collapse disorder” from the perspectives of biodynamic beekeepers, farmers, entomologists, and advocates for more sustainable agriculture. Among the notable contributors to the film are Michael Pollan, Vandana Shiva, Raj Patel, Slow Food founder Carlo Petrini, and May Berenbaum.

Following Queen of the Sun will be a panel discussion and audience Q&A with Denise Ritchie, Ruth Askren, and Scott Kleinrock. Lisa Lucas Talbot, chapter leader of Slow Food Los Angeles and Slow Food USA’s regional governor for southern California, will moderate the discussion.

When: Wednesday, August 10, 2011 beginning at 7:30pm
Where: The Aero Theatre, 1328 Montana Avenue, Santa Monica
Cost: Tickets range from $7.00 to $11.00 and are available online or at the Aero Theatre box office.

Denise Ritchie is a founder of Malibu Compost and a passionate advocate for and educator about biodynamic practices. Denise has also led efforts to provide sanctuary for organically raised dairy cows that would otherwise be sold for slaughter or to a conventional farm.

Ruth Askren is a volunteer with Backwards Beekeepers, a Los Angeles organization that promotes organic, treatment-free beekeeping and helps rescue and place wild swarms of bees that would otherwise be exterminated.

Scott Kleinrock is the manager of The Ranch at the Huntington Botanical Gardens, an extraordinary experimental urban agriculture field station that both explores productive gardening methods and serves as an educational resource. In his capacity as Ranch Manager, Scott serves as planner, gardener, and educator, sharing the lessons of the Ranch with the greater Los Angeles community.

The next event in this series will be a screening of the new documentary The Harvest/La Cosecha, a new documentary that provides an unvarnished view of child and migrant labor in the United States’ food system. The film will be followed by a panel discussion about the labor issues that are invisible to most consumers’ eyes but are critically important to any conversation about making our food system fairer and safer. The September event will be held at the Aero Theatre on Wednesday, September 14, 2011, the opening night of the Good Food Festival & Conference.

Films in the series have been selected by the Good Food Festival Film Committee (Lisa Lucas Talbot, Laura Avery, Marguerite Kenner, Susan Haymer, and Corinne Bourdeau) with the generous assistance of the staff of the American Cinematheque.

The inaugural Good Food Festival & Conference, launched as part of the celebration of the 30th anniversary of the Santa Monica Farmers’ Market, will be held September 14 through 18 and will feature an exceptional array of speakers, demonstrations, and events that will celebrate the bounty of our foodshed and consider the state of our food system. More information is being posted daily on the Good Food Festival website.

We look forward to seeing Slow Food members and friends at the event on August 10 and in the meantime invite you to enjoy the trailer for Queen of the Sun:

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27 July 2011
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Special Offer for Slow Food members…

Interested in attending this Sunday’s pig roast at Craft LA in Century City? Event organizers have graciously agreed to extend a substantial discount to Slow Food members: Simply use the discount code GFFCSF when ordering tickets on Eventbrite and a 50% discount will be applied to your tickets.

For more information, see our original post or go directly to the event page on Eventbrite.

Free tickets are available (with prior reservation) to children under 18 who are accompanied by adults.

We hope to see you there!

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20 July 2011
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Call for volunteers: Good Food Festival and Conference Summer Events

Volunteers are needed to help with a variety of tasks at several pre-Festival events this summer. If you’re interested and available in volunteering your time at one of the events below, please contact Kelsey Youngman by email to kelsey.youngman [at] gmail [dot] com for further details.

August 2, 2011 September 8, 2001: Conversation and cocktails with Robert Kenner and Barbara Spencer from 7:00pm until 10:00pm at FOOD on Pico in West L.A. [Note date change from August 2 to September 8.]

10 volunteers needed: Please contact Kelsey if interested.

Assistance needed with: Event set-up from 4:00pm-5:00pm; preparation of flower arrangements; limited bartending/beverage service; reception (including gathering information and collecting admission payments); food and beverage service assistance; clean-up of restaurant (after 10:00pm)

Attendance will also be required at a volunteer meeting on Sunday, July 31.

August 27, 2011: Breakfast event at Santa Monica Place
Volunteer needs are currently being assessed; please contact Kelsey if you wish to volunteer and details will be shared as they become available.

September 14-18, 2011: Lexicon of Sustainability exhibit at the Good Food Festival and Conference, Santa Monica

We anticipate a need for at least two volunteers to help set up this large-scale photography exhibit and four volunteers who could man the exhibit in shifts throughout the Festival and Conference. Volunteers manning the exhibit will be provided detailed information about the exhibit and its development and will be expected to answer questions and direct visitor to additional resources.

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