Friday, April 30, 2010

Sidecar Restaurant Local-Food Dinner – All Aboard!!!

First, let me tell you why this dinner and this movement are so important. Few things are making America more sick than the food that we eat. Local food, by any definition, is healthier that the processed and long-distance-shipped food that Americans live on. Secondly, industrial farming, which feeds most of America, is an unhealthy system. If you question that, watch the film, Food Inc. Locally grown food tends to be grown in a more sustainable manner. And it is always good, when possible, to know your farmer. Now, the dinner ....

This Thursday, May 6, 2010 between 5 and 9pm Chef Tim Kilcoyne and his team will host a Locavore Light 2010-inspired all local dinner! That means all ingredients used (except for the salt) will be sourced from within a 100 mile radius of Ventura! The cost will be $55 per person which will include wine, or $45 per person without wine. Reservations are highly recommended as space is limited. Please call 805-653-7433 or make reservations from our website at

For the table- Breakfast radishes with radish top"butter" and tangerine pickled beets
First course- Salad of local greens, english peas, shaved fennel, avocado, meyer lemon vinaigrette
Second course- Mushroom ragu filled cabbage, fennel frond-garlic vinaigrette
Third course- Grilled cauliflower "steak", crushed potatoes, braised greens, caramelized onion bbq sauce
Fourth course- Strawberries, blood oranges, pistachios, lavender-honey syrup

This dinner is the third in a series of all-local-food restaurant meals in Ventura County in 2010! Come join us for dinner and support our local farmers and local agriculture!!!

Come meet special guests for the evening;
John Krist, CEO Ventura County Farm Bureau
Kristofer and Joanne Young, cofounders of Locavore Lite 2010

Monday, March 29, 2010

County Agricultural Commissioner to Attend Historic Local-Food Meal at Main Course California

Main Course California, of Ventura, presents an “All Local Dinner, featuring the best our local Ranchers and Farmers are growing, & Wines from our Backyard” on Thursday, April 8th at 6pm.

Guided by the culinary trifecta of local, seasonal and fresh, and inspired by Ventura County’s Locavore Lite 2010, co-owners, Robert Jacobi and Rachel Main will offer the first all-local-food restaurant meal in Ventura City history.

Special guests for the evening include Ventura County Agricultural Commissioner, Henry Gonzales and his wife, and Kristofer and Joanne Young, co-founders of Locavore Lite 2010.

View the menu for this sumptuous local-food and wine tasting at:  
and make your reservations as soon as possible as seating is limited. Call 658-8900.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Locavore Lite 2010 Update March 18, 2010

Here is some of what is happening in the Locavore Lite 2010 world in Ventura County.

Current Locavore Restaurant Meals that are scheduled:
March 20th – The Farmer & the Cook in Ojai
April 8th – Main Course California in Ventura
May 6th – The Sidecar Restaurant in Ventura
September 16th – The Sidecar Restaurant in Ventura

Presentations on Locavore Lite 2010 by Kristofer and Joanne Young:
April 18th – Unitarian Universalist Church of Ventura

Community Leaders who are Participants in Locavore Lite 2010

Please consider hosting an all-local-food potluck.
Please consider inviting a community leader to participate in Locavore Lite 2010.
Please consider inviting a local restaurant to offer one all-local-food meal in 2010.

Thank you!
Kristofer Young, DC

Friday, March 12, 2010

Historic First Locavore Meal at Ventura County Restaurant

The Farmer & the Cook, an organic cafe, market and farm in Ojai, CA, in association with Locavore Lite 2010, will host a Ventura County historic first all-local-food restaurant meal at 6:30 PM on Saturday the 20th.

All media welcome! This story of current pioneers of Ventura County Agriculture is hot.

Press inquiries to: Steve Sprinkel @
     Kristofer Young @  or 798-1858

Check out the evening’s menu and the listing of the local sources of the ingredients at:

No pitch needed for supporting local food. Everyone is in favor of improving our local economy; supporting our local farmers; recovering our health with fresh, local produce; and protecting our open and agricultural spaces.

Join us for a first in Ventura County’s history! But be sure to get a reservation @ or 646-0960. Seating is limited.

During this great celebration of local food, expect a few comments from hosts, The Farmer aka Steve Sprinkel and The Cook aka Olivia Chase, and from special guests, Kristofer and Joanne Young, co-founders of Eat Local One Year and Locavore Lite 2010.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Farmer & the Cook on CNN

Not a day goes by without some exciting news on the local-food front. Today, it was this great 3 minute YouTube video from CNN on the Farmer & the Cook in Ojai!

Enjoy! I did!
Kris :)

Saturday, February 27, 2010

With great pleasure, on Tuesday the 9th of February, 2010, 6 of the 9 remaining members of Eat Local One Year 2009 received from the Ventura County Board of Supervisors a Resolution and Certificates of Commendation. In part, the Resolution read;  “WHEREAS, nine individuals completed and entire year of local eating following the guidelines of Eat Local One Year, mapped the current frontier of eating locally in Ventura County, and inspired others to expand their own utilization of local food;”.

During the presentation of the Resolution and Certificates at the Ventura County Government Center, Supervisors Bennett, Parks and Long each stated that they would sign up to participate in Locavore Lite 2010. It is now confirmed that the CEO of Ventura County, Marty Robinson has also committed to participate.

The local-food movement is growing. Please consider who you would like to invite to join us.

Kris :)

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Share a Local-Food Valentine on Sunday, February 14 in Ventura

Citizens for Peaceful Resolutions presents:

WHAT: Exciting presentation of Locavore Lite 2010 and how it interfaces with three other Ventura County, food projects/practices. Expand your awareness and support of eating local foods, being healthy and reducing global warming.

WHEN: Sunday, Feb. 14 at 3 p.m.

WHO: Kristofer and Joanne Young, Co-founders Locavore Lite 2010 & Eat Local One Year;
Dulanie Ellis, Chair, Food & Ag Committee of the Ojai Valley Green Coalition;
John Fonteyn, Ojai farmer of Rio Gozo Farm
Casey Lynn Hopkins, Intern at  Abundant Table Farm Project in Oxnard

WHERE: Foster Library’s Topping Room, 651 E. Main St., Ventura, CA

BACKGROUND: Locavore Lite 2010 ( is a fresh, fun, healthy, Ventura County-based, local-food project that welcomes participants from our county and from around the world. The project is designed to increase public awareness of the importance and availability of local farm produce, by encouraging residents to involve themselves in their local food system. A major objective of the project is to reduce global warning.

A locavore is a person who eats food that is grown or raised locally. The term Locavore Lite suggests a form of local eating that is so easy, that anyone can do it. If you have an interest in delicious food, health, farming, the environment, the local economy, quality of life, climate change, or food safety; then you will want to come to this meeting, and participate with your friends and family in Locavore Lite 2010.

Dulanie Ellis is the Chair of the Food & Ag Committee of the Ojai Valley Green Coalition and is the founder of Walk Your Talk Productions, a film production company working to engage communities through film to provide relevant inquiry and seek solutions for community-based issues of global significance. Dulanie produced and directed “Home Grow’n”, a documentary about “smart growth” and urban sprawl in Ventura County.
John Fonteyn is an Ojai farmer of Rio Gozo Farm. He has been working in the local food scene for the last 11 years. His career has included owning and operating a farmers’ market, and being the head cook at the Farmer and Cook in Ojai. He currently runs a CSA (community supported agriculture) program in Ventura County.   272-5337

The Abundant Table Farm Project (ATFP) has partnered with DeBusschere Family Farms to form “Join the Farm! CSA”. Paul DeBusschere and five ATFP interns are farming 10 acres of certified organic land near the Farm House. As part of the ATFP, the five interns are connecting working the land, spirituality, and social justice by living in the Farm House, sustaining Join the Farm! CSA, and being available to meet the needs of the earth and the community.
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Learn more about "LOCAVORE LITE 2010" and its parent project "EAT LOCAL ONE YEAR", and sign up at

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Locavore Lite 2010 is Smiling


Locavore Lite 2010 is truckin’ right along! Over 200 individuals have signed up to participate! Many of them have signed up to represent an entire family. We surely have more than 400 participants at this time. And we are early in the process of spreading the word. And we could use your help; really!

For clarity, we ask that everyone to sign up at to pledge to participate in Locavore Lite 2010. The other sites will be maintained and will be valuable for community and event building.

The first scheduled all-local-food meal at Main Course California has been moved from April 13th to Thursday, April 8th at 6:00 PM.

Four Ventura County restaurants will be offering all-local-food meals in 2010; The Sidecar Restaurant, Bonano’s Fine Peruvian Cuisine, Main Course California, and The Farmer & The Cook (Ojai).

Four elected officials in Ventura County have committed to participate; Ojai Mayor Steve Olsen, Ventura Mayor Bill Fulton, Ventura council member Christy Weir and Ventura council member Brian Brennan!

We are looking for, and you can help us get:
1)    4,600 more participants,
2)    participants to host all-local-food potlucks,
3)    elected officials to participate,
4)    restaurants to offer one all-local-food meal in 2010,
5)    businesses, organizations and other entities to endorse the project.

The fresh, healthy, local food-movement is alive in Ventura County, and in the world!

Kris :)

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Leaders Leading Locavore Lite 2010

Ventura's Mayor Fulton and councilmembers Weir and Brennan are participants in Locavore Lite 2010. So is Ojai's Mayor Olsen!

Is there a leader that you would like to ask to lead us in this way?

Kris  :)