Please click here for the Food for Thought Expo 2011 event post. The post below refers to last year’s event!
A celebration of local farms, stores, restaurants, local/sustainable food advocates, businesses and educators for National Nutrition Month.
Type: Free expo with guest speakers and workshops
Date: Saturday, March 27, 2010
Time: 10:00am – 4:00pm
Location: Fairfield Warde High School, 755 Melville Avenue, Fairfield, CT
Don’t miss this amazing, free event sponsored by Fairfield PTA Council’s Fuel for Learning Partnership Committee. Come with your family and enjoy the cooking demos, panel discussions, guest speakers, exhibitors and free tastings of fresh, local food. Lunch may be purchased from the portable, wood-fired brick oven caterer featuring locally grown foods.
Samantha Heller, MS, RD, CDN, author of Get Smart: Samantha Heller’s Nutrition Prescription for Boosting Brain Power and Optimizing Total Body Health.
Amie Hall, CHHC, AADP, From Your Inside Out, is host to many delicious farm lunches and part of the edible schoolyard garden team.
Health in a Hurry, an award-winning restaurant offering inspired organic, vegetarian food to go.
Red Bee Artisanal Honey, a Weston apiary offering honey, a full line of honey products, honey tastings and book events.
Wave Hill Breads, Wilton, handcrafted, artisan breads available at specialty stores and farmers’ markets including the indoor winter farmers’ market at the FTC.
Sport Hill Farm, an organic farm in Easton run by Patti Popp and also the site of The Unquowa School’s Summer Farm Camp. Her CSA is sold out, but you can buy just picked produce at her farm stand once the season begins.
Stone Gardens Farm, an IPM (Integrated Pest Management) farm in Shelton offering CSA shares for pick up at the farm or at Westport GVI’s Wakeman Farm in Westport
10:00 – 10:15am Introductory remarks
10:15 – 11:15am Growing your own Produce: Organic Backyard Gardening with Nick Mancini
11:30am – 12:30pm
Get Smart: Samantha Heller’s Nutrition Prescription for Boosting Brain Power, Samantha Heller, MS RD CDN, Registered Dietitian, Clinical Nutritionist, Exercise Physiologist
1:00 – 2:00pm
Get it Local: Finding all Your Cooking Needs in and around Fairfield County with Analiese Paik, Founder and Editor of the Fairfield Green Food Guide
2:15 – 3:15pm Panel Discussion
From Classrooms to Cafeterias: Why Public Schools are Important in the Fight Against Obesity and the Fight for Sustainable Food Systems
Marlene Schwartz, PhD, Deputy Director, Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity
Bruce Gluck, Food Services Director, New Canaan Public Schools
Michelle Flashman, Curriculum Leader and Instructor , Family and Consumer Science Department, Fairfield Public Schools
Please feel free to stop in at any time to attend the following family friendly activities! For everyone – of all ages and all stages of life! All talks, demos, and displays are designed to help build confidence in your kitchen and comfort at your table.
Barlow’s Restaurant (in the school)
10:30am Healthy Eating Choices for the Whole Family, JoAnn Koebbe
11:30am Healthy Eating Choices for the Whole Family, JoAnn Koebbe
12:30pm Cooking in the Classroom: the Fairfield Middle School Curriculum, Michelle Flashman
1:30pm Cooking in the Classroom: the Fairfield Middle School Curriculum, Michelle Flashman
3:00pm Healthy Eating Choices for the Whole Family, JoAnn Koebbe
Instructors & Classes
JoAnn Koebbe, Certified LEAN Coach & Health Counselor
Lifestyle, Exercise, Attitude, Nutrition are the key components to this interactive, FUN, lesson in making healthy eating choices. For everyone, children, parents, grandparents.
10:30 am, 11:30 am, 3:00 pm, 3 sessions, 30 minutes each
Michelle Flashman, Family & Consumer Sciences Curriculum Department Leader, Fairfield Public Schools
Discover what Fairfield middle school students are learning about food in the cooking classroom!
12:30 pm, 1:30 pm, 2 sessions, 30 minutes each
Family & Consumer Sciences Classroom
SPEAKERS & DEMOS
10:00 – 10:45am Whole Foods, Whole You — Amie Hall
10:45 – 11:00am Gluten Free and Flour Power — Amie Hall
11:00 – 11:30am Small Batch Baking and Buying local breads — Michael Mordecai
11:30 – 11:45am Whole Foods, Whole You — Amie Hall
11:45am – 12:45pm Food Scientists! — Valerie Wilke
1:00 – 2:15pm An Introduction to Health Supportive Cuisine – Sue Cadwell
2:15 – 3:15pm Lunch Box Fun and Co-op Bulk Buying – Valerie Wilke
3:15 – 4:00pm Re-thinking the School Lunch Menu – Bruce Gluck and Amie Hall
Instructors & Classes
Amie Guyette Hall, Health Counselor and Cooking Coach, From Your Inside Out
Whole Foods, Whole You! We all know we should eat better food. This workshop helps us understand WHY. Kick off the day’s events with this helpful way of understanding the food mood and chronic condition connection that we are all trying to conquer. Insightful, eye opening.
10:00 am – 10:45 am, 11:30 – 11:45am
Gluten Free & Flour Power. A supportive introduction to alternative flour and pantry products.
10:45 am – 11:00 am
Michael Mordecai, Fairfield Bread Company, Bread Baker
Learn about small batch baking and buying local. Bread is the staff of life, and Michael shares
11:00 am – 11:30 am
Valerie Wilke, Chef, Blood Root Restaurant
Become the food scientist that you and your children want to be! Find encouragement and discover fun, fabulous ideas of how to experiment around the rainbow!
11:45 am – 12:45 pm
Lunch Box and Co-op Bulk Buying
2:15 – 3:15pm
Sue Cadwell, Owner, Health in a Hurry
An Intro to Health Supportive Cuisine. Easy recipes & food samples. Grains, Greens and Soy.
1:00 pm – 2:15 pm
Bruce Gluck, chef and Food Services Director in the New Canaan Public Schools
Rethinking the School Lunch Menu
3:15 pm – 4 pm
SELF GUIDED KITCHEN TOUR
Visit 5 interactive family friendly stations that will expand your food knowledge and build comfort in your kitchen.
Topics include Glorious Greens, Great Grains, The Mighty Bean, Flour Power, and Power Tools!
10:00 am – 4:00 pm