from the Arroyo Food Co-op
The Arroyo Food Co-op, which recently signed up its 500th member, will host a “Locavore” dinner on Saturday, August 11, showcasing seasonal foods along with local producers and growers. The event is also designed to attract new members and update current members on the co-op’s progress toward opening its doors.
A professional chef from the Altadena community will prepare appetizers and a three-course menu featuring items sourced locally and regionally. The meal will include gourmet summer salads, meat and vegetarian entrees, and dessert.
“We are excited to feature seasonal produce such as nectarines and corn from the Altadena and Pasadena Farmer’s Markets, and cheese and other handcrafted gourmet products from small local producers,” said Blair Miller, board member and one of the dinner’s organizers.
Reservations for the event are now available. The cost is $45 for members and $50 for non-members, plus a $3 internet service fee. Seating is limited, and tickets must be purchased in advance.
To buy tickets, for more information, and to view the anticipated menu, go here.
The Arroyo Food Co-op will serve as an alternative to corporate-owned grocers in the community and will be entirely owned by its members. It will offer organic, sustainably, and locally sourced products along with humanely raised meats, fair trade items, and non-GMO produce.
The co-op’s mission is: “To engage the ecologically aware hearts, minds and stomachs of our area by offering the most earth-friendly grocery products and services available. To consistently search for better offerings and to support suppliers that are working toward the same goals. The Arroyo Food Cooperative will differentiate itself in the marketplace by empowering our members with practical product choices, thoughtful education/social opportunities and substantial entrepreneurship encouragement – all with an emphasis on supporting a sustainable local economy and strengthening our community.”
Anyone can shop at the co-op, but those who make an investment and become member-owners receive additional benefits, including patronage refunds during profitable years. The full investment to join is $300; however the co-op offers a payment plan of $30 per year.
AFC has been established as a California Consumer Cooperative Corporation. The effort to open its doors is being spearheaded by a devoted cadre of volunteers, led by an eight-member board of directors.
For more information about the Arroyo Food Co-op, including a membership application and listing of other upcoming events, visit www.arroyofoodcoop.com.