Food For Thought Expo 2011 Invites Community to “Make Every Meal Count”

Fuel for Learning Partnership (FFLP), a PTA Council Standing Committee, will sponsor the second annual Food for Thought Expo with this year’s theme ‘Make Every Meal Count.’ Scheduled for Saturday, March 26th from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, the expo will take place at Fairfield Warde High School, in Fairfield, Connecticut.

Michel Nischan, Founder & CEO of Wholesome Wave and a James Beard Award-Winning Chef/Author

The expo is free and open to the public and will feature cooking demonstrations, including an appearance at 11 am by Michel Nischan, owner and founder of Westport’s Dressing Room restaurant, President and CEO of Wholesome Wave Foundation, and author of the bestselling cookbooks Sustainably Delicious and Homegrown: Pure and Simple, as well as a wide variety of vendors ready to help area residents make the best possible choices in local produce, meats, groceries, and ready-made foods.

Cooking Demonstrations:

11 am  Michel Nischan, James Beard award-winning chef and author, presents  Nourishing Families

12 noon  Amie Guyette Hall,  cooking coach and owner of From Your Inside Out presents Super Simple, Family Friendly

1 pm  Sue Cadwell,  chef/owner Health in a Hurry presents Easy, Health Supportive Cuisine

2 pm  Phoebe Lapine and Cara Eisenpress from Big Girls, Small Kitchen present  Take-Out at Home

3 pm  Linda Soper Kolton,  chef/owner of GreenGourmettoGo, presents Make Desserts Count, Too!

Over thirty exhibitors will showcase their products and services that will help visitors make “every meal count.”  Events to be held throughout the day include movies, children’s activities, and cooking demonstrations using whole foods by Phoebe Lapine and Cara Eisenpress from Big Girls, Small Kitchen; Linda Soper-Kolton from Green Gourmet to Go; Sue Cadwell of Health in a Hurry; and Amie Hall, CHHC, AADP, of From Your Inside Out.  Participating businesses and organizations include Black Rock Farmstand, Borders Books, Fairfield Cheese Company, Fairfield Public Library, Farmer’s Cow, Sport Hill Farm, Stone Gardens Farm, CT Farm Fresh Express, Southport CSA, Project Hope Garden, Robek’s Juice, Wave Hill Breads, Jeff Borofsky’s Portable Pizza Oven, and the Fairfield Green Food Guide.

Guests will be treated to samples from Fairfield's award-winning organic, vegetarian restaurant, Health in a Hurry and other area restaurants that support healthy eating.

“We’re looking forward to welcoming back exhibitors from last year, as well as introducing visitors to new businesses” said Michelle McCabe, Chairperson of the Fuel for Learning Partnership. “This year’s theme, ‘Make Every Meal Count’, is inspired by the belief that every meal counts, either as a source of energy to contribute to a productive day at school or work, or a contribution to good health, or a way to support the environment, or way to support local farms, or a way to connect with family members.”

Beekeepers are farmers too and they provide a critical service by ensuring that our bee populations thrive. Without them, we'd have to hand pollinate. Marina Marchese of Red Bee Honey in Weston will be sharing her bee wisdom and tastes of her single nectar source honeys along with signing her book, Honeybee: Lessons from an Accidental Beekeeper. Marchese is President of the Back Yard Beekeepers Association.

The FFLP encourages Fairfield County parents, students, teachers, food service staff, and Board of Education members to jointly pursue the common goal of serving safe, high quality, nutritional meals to the students of Fairfield.  FFLP seeks to affect positive change in how we eat by coming together as a community to broadly educate and change eating habits through the endorsement of sustainable eating practices.

The FFLP is hosting the  Food for Thought Expo: ‘Make Every Meal Count’ as part of an on-going effort to help educate people about how their approach to eating can overcome many of the health challenges our community faces today.  “We’re all on a journey toward changing the way we eat,” Ms. McCabe said.  “That comes with a learning curve, and our focus is to help people take ownership of their health, and the health of their children.”

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