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Saturday, January 29th, 2011
On Monday, January 24, 2011, the culinary arts classroom at Anzar High School in San Juan Bautista was buzzing with sights, sounds and smells. More than 20 people attended the first Healthy Cooking Class as part of the San Benito Food Revolution put on by San Benito Bounty in partnership with the San Benito County Medical Society and the Community Foundation for San Benito County.
Chef Ray Sanchez crafted a feast of flavors from savory roasted chicken to baked potatoes with zesty fresh salsa to lemon-chive carrots and a cabbage/apple slaw. Easy to prepare, based with local seasonal vegetables, it was met with great enthusiasm from the class participants.
Nutritionist Jamie Flores and local physician Dr. Ralph Armstrong were on hand to add additional insights into healthy eating and lifestyle. Nants Foley brought information from the Y on its wellness classes offered in San Benito County. She also brought tips on buying fresh, local produce.
The next class is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Monday, February 28 at San Andreas School’s Kitchen. San Andreas is located on Alvarado Street in Hollister.
Thursday, September 30th, 2010
It’s that time of the year…time to save your seeds for next year’s bounty! Save seeds only from heirloom or open-pollinated varieties. Hybrids will produce plenty of seeds, but the plants growing from them won’t be the same as the ones you had last year. You might get just about anything. For information on how to save specific crop seeds, check out the International Seed Saving Institute. Saving seeds is inexpensive and fun, and ensures you get your favorite produce year after year.
Friday, April 2nd, 2010
Preparations are underway for the Ten Healthy Meals Classes, presented in partnership with San Benito Medical Society, San Benito Bounty and the San Benito County Office of Education. Based on the wish presented by Jamie Oliver, the 2010 TED Award winner, the goal is to ensure the youth (and adults!) of our community have the cooking skills to produce healthful, delicious meals. Over seven million viewers tuned into the debut of his TV show last week. Be looking for the announcement of the first class. Free to the community, each class will be offered in English and Spanish. Participants will taste the food and take home the recipes. See you there!
Thursday, March 4th, 2010
The San Benito Medical Society was founded in the 1950s to bring quality medical care to the residents of San Benito County, and the work continues today. Concerned with the rising levels of childhood obesity and diabetes, they have partnered with San Benito Bounty to create a program suggested by chef Jamie Oliver, 2010 TED award winner. Part of Oliver’s Food Revolution, his acceptance speech shared his wish to ensure every person in knows how to cook 10 healthy meals. Children in our schools will have this skill by the time they graduate from high school. What a great concept: San Benito Bounty and the San Benito Medical Society can both get on top of this one! This is a life-saving skill which seems to have gone by the wayside in an ocean of golden arches and frozen corn dogs. Plans are underway for a series of cooking classes, free to the attendees, to be held in the community. Each class will focus on a delicious, healthful meal comprised (whenever and wherever possible) of local produce and meat. Emphasis will be on affordablity and ease of cooking. San Benito Bounty is currently compiling recipes. If you have ideas, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. See you soon for fun, healthy food classes!
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