More than 30 Trusteeship members showed up at the Freida’s 81,000 sq. ft. distribution center at 10:00am for a behind the scenes tour. The morning started with lots of samples of fresh exotic fruit, like rambutan, jackfruit, horned melons and cape gooseberries and some colorful veggies, like purple, green and orange cauliflower. Three of Frieda’s enthusiastic employees (including Frieda’s daughter and Karen Caplan’s sister and business partner, Jackie) gave tours through the packing line, refrigerated warehouse, receiving dock and then up through the corporate offices. On Jackie’s tour, there were so many questions from the attendees, that the 30 minute tour took more than an hour! At the end of the tour, each Trusteeship visitor received an “Inspiration Box” filled with a curated selection of Frieda’s best sellers and a copy of The Purple Kiwi Cookbook.
All then drove two miles to the offices and warehouse of Earth Friendly Products (ECOS), where Kelly and members of her team gave a presentation highlighting many of the awards their company has received for their innovation and leadership in the green space. Next, we got to tour their facility and watch them manufacture their high quality laundry detergent (which is on sale in every COSTCO nationwide).
Following the tour, Karen and Kelly had their chef (they share a chef!) prepare a plant-based gourmet luncheon in the outside garden of Earth Friendly Products. The grand finale, was when we all sang Happy Birthday to Frieda – who celebrated her 95th birthday with her Trusteeship Sisters. It was a warm, but lovely afternoon for all.
Zee hosted us to a beautiful al fresco seafood barbecue in her tree lined backyard. Ten of us gathered for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres before coming to the grill where Zee had beautifully prepared skewers of scallops, shrimp and swordfish, topped with lemon sauce. Felt like an evening in Southern Italy, with conversation non-stop.
Rachael Worby, Artistic Director, Conductor and Founder of MUSE/IQUE, graciously invited eight Trusteeship members to share a table at the performance of MOVEMENT/ALOUD on July 28! The fabulous show took place on the beautiful grounds of the The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens at the Dorothy C. Brown Garden Lawn in San Marino.
The doors opened at 6:00 pm where our members picked up their specially prepared boxed dinners and and joined their Trusteeship friends at our special table. The performance began at 8:00 pm.
Karen Caplan shared: “What a fantastic way to spend a summer evening – outdoors at The Huntington attending friend Rachel Worby’s MUSE/IQUE. It’s like the Hollywood Bowl, but more chill and casual.”
Judy Frank hosted another one of her Dine-Arounds and from what we hear, it was DELICIOUS! Thanks for always being willing to host Judy! If anyone of our members would like to host a monthly Dine-Around, please contact Julie Edwards at email@example.com. Thanks.
Trusteeship Board member, Susan Rose, along with members Ruth Galanter and Sara Miller McCune, were fortunate enough to attend the IWF Oregon and Western Region Retreat hosted by the Oregon IWF chapter. This was the second time Oregon organized a regional retreat and approximately fifty women participated from six states and Canada including Arizona, California, Idaho, Oregon, Utah, and Washington.
The focal point of the weekend was the Willamette Valley Wine Country where all stayed and participated in various events. Several of the Oregon members own vineyards or are involved in some aspect of the industry. On both Friday and Saturday night, dinner was held in a winery. Friday night all were feted at the Sokol Blosser Winery owned by Susan Sokol Blosser, a pioneer in the Oregon wine industry. On Saturday night all dined at the Red Ridge Nursery that grows grapes and olives. Penny Durant, the owner, created the first commercial olive oil mill in Oregon where all walked the vineyards and tasted both wine and olive oil.
During the weekend the group toured historic McMinnville and learned about their restoration efforts; listened to a panel discussion of the wine industry; and, spent time in a beautiful art gallery, Art Elements, where members created their own art projects. Throughout the weekend the group learned a great deal about Oregon’s premier wine – pinot noir.
The weather in the Willamette Valley was gorgeous and not too far off Mt Hood could be seen. The Oregon women were great hosts and The Trusteeship group met several women from Sun Valley, Idaho. All and all it was a glorious weekend.
At the farewell brunch on Sunday at the beautiful Allison Inn and Spa suggestions were made for the next retreat. Southern California was high on everyone’s list!