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Slow Food Orange County Annual BBQ, June 26, 2010
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Sponsors include Whole Foods Market, Mary’s Free-Range Chickens, Quivira Winery

Irvine, CA (May 28, 2010) - Chef Ryan Adams of Sorrento Grille Laguna Beach will be the head chef for Slow Food Orange County’s 2nd Annual Barbeque ( from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m., Saturday, June 26 at historic Bommer Canyon in Irvine, California. He has generously donated his time and expertise to create a bright, fresh menu inspired by old-fashioned fair food. Highlights include barbequed citrus-marinated free-range chicken, warm heirloom potato salad and Irvine-grown strawberries spiked with honey.

Chef Adams, born and raised in Orange County, will be assisted by Slow Food Orange County members and a team of foster kids from Monkey Business Café, a project of the Hart Community Home that supports youth with job-training and leadership skills. All proceeds from the event will support the Monkey Business Café.

The event will also include guest speaker, Jill Richardson, author of "Recipe for America: Why Our Food System Is Broken and What We Can Do To Fix It." Live entertainment will be provided by Walden Dahl, known for the hit songs he has written for bluegrass stars Ralph Stanley and Alison Krauss. Raffle prizes include gift certificates from Slow Food-supported local restaurants, tickets to the Pageant of the Masters including dinner and parking, food and gardening products and gourmet food baskets.

Tickets for the barbeque are $50.00 per person and $20.00 for children 12 and under. They can be purchased online at Ticket price includes dinner and wine. In the spirit of sustainability and low carbon footprint, guests are asked to bring individual wine glasses and eating utensils. Plates will be provided. A vegetarian option is available.

Slow Food Orange County is a local chapter of Slow Food U.S.A. which works to carry out the Slow Food mission on a local level. The Orange County convivium is a member-supported organization made up of a diverse group of food enthusiasts. Members include home and professional chefs, growers, wine connoisseurs, and lots of ordinary people who enjoy cooking and eating good quality food and wines. For more information about Slow Food Orange County, please visit


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