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A Taste of the Future

2008 'Taste of the Future' features Rodale CEO Dr. Timothy J. LaSalle!

October 2, 2008
SARC's 4th Annual Fundraiser Dinner

Woody TaschThis year's special fundraiser guest speaker was one of 'Cal Poly's Own,' Tim LaSalle, former Cal Poly professor, now CEO of the Rodale Institute, America's leader in organic agricultural research!


'A Taste of the Future' took place on October 2 at the new Congregation Beth David temple, San Luis Obispo's first new LEED certified ("green") building. Nearly 200 people joined us in this beautiful rural setting for an unforgettable meal and to learn more about our Cal Poly programs.

To hear a recent interview with Dr. LaSalle, visit radio station KCBX’s website (go to 'An Evening With…’, and click on September 17)

Click here for the official Cal Poly press release.

Tim LaSalle is CEO of the Rodale Institute, the first organization dedicated exclusively to organic agriculture in the United States. Dr. LaSalle discussed how organic farming can help reduce global warming, prevent famine, reduce poverty and increase nutritional food value.

A former Cal Poly faculty member and third-generation Mustang, LaSalle is the grandson of former Cal Poly President Julian McPhee, known for coining the term "learn by doing." His father, Emile LaSalle, graduated from the Dairy Science Department in 1939. Emile earned his master’s in education from Cal Poly in 1970, the same year Timothy graduated from the Dairy Science Department cum laude.

The dinner was held at the new LEED-certified synagogue at Congregation Beth David in San Luis Obispo. Embodying the doctrine of tikkun olam, or repairing the world, the synagogue was built using sustainable design and materials that have minimal or no environmental impact, including solar and passive heating and strawbale walls. Built on 92 acres, the site has 62 acres preserved for wetlands and open space.

The event was a family-style dinner, featuring gourmet, sustainably raised ingredients prepared under the direction of The Park Restaurant’s Maegen Loring in collaboration with Joanne Currie of Splash Café, Jensen Lorenzen of The Cass House, Pandee Pearson of Adelina’s Bistro and Robert Root of The Manse on Marsh.

LaSalle also participated in a free lecture on Friday, Oct 3, as part of an Organic Industry Summit featuring leading businesspeople from the organic movement. Panel speakers included: Errol Sober of Amy's Kitchen, Albert Straus of Straus Family Creamery, Will Daniels of Earthbound Farm, and Peggy Miars of California Certified Organic Farmers.

Funds raised from the dinner enable the SARC to continue providing quality experiences in sustainable agriculture for farmers, students and community members. We raised over $30,000 at the event to support our programs!