If you're lucky, no board member has committed murder-suicide by the end of the "retreat." Even members of the most harmonious groups can turn into eye-rolling adolescents after being cooped up for eight-hours straight.
But that wasn't the case last Saturday when I spent eight hours with the steering committee of the Arroyo Food Co-op Store. Our retreat location, in a private cabin in the Angeles National Forest, was idyllic, the food was delicious and the company, even after that eight-hour stretch, was smart, insightful and fun.
We were even able to discuss the merit and meaning of words such as "gourmet," "real food," "local" and "organic" without breaking into a food fight.
Would you like to have an inside glimpse into the creativity and passion of this group? Would you like to become more involved on a task or planning basis?
Then join me at the first Pasadena social gathering on Saturday, November 14. You'll get to meet the organizers, find out how the Arroyo Food Co-op Store is progressing and learn ways to get involved.
When: Saturday November 14, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Yoga House, 11 W. State St., Pasadena
Admission is free.
And, since I'm in charge of food (and since this is a food blog), I'll share the menu for our "light refreshments":
- Homemade tri-color torta of pesto, sun dried tomatoes and marscarpone cheese with baguette slices
- Roasted baby potatoes
- Roasted Jerusalem artichokes
- Cold or hot apple cider (with a little something to spike it)
Come for the food, stay for the company and, before the end of the evening, sign up to become one of the first 500 members of the Arroyo Food Co-op.