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Mary Ann Esposito will share her own thoughts during the Food and Health Forum’s March dinner panel. Courtesy photo.




Raising the Next Generation: Are We Growing Healthy Kids?

When: Monday, March 24, from 6:30 to 9 p.m.
Where: Blue Moon Evolution, 8 Clifford St., Exeter
Cost: $60, registration required
Visit: foodandhealthforum.com




Foodies weigh in
Dinner seminar focuses on the next generation

03/20/14



 The Food and Health Forum’s next dinner seminar features a lineup of female culinary personalities. The four women will share their thoughts on the evening’s topic, “Raising the Next Generation: Are We Growing Healthy Kids?,” and each has a background in nutrition, families and whole foods.

“We have a rock-star panel of women,” Food and Health Forum co-founder Tracey Miller said. “Just to have these four women together I think shows the commitment to making sure we’re raising healthy kids.”
Each speaker will present her own theme. Mary Ann Esposito of the PBS series Ciao Italia with Mary Ann Esposito will compare American food culture to European food culture and explain how it’s changed over the years. 
Food writer and chef Kathy Gunst is the resident chef on WBUR’s Here & Now radio program and the author of The Parenting Cookbook. She has also been involved with Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! initiative and currently works with students in South Berwick, Maine, to learn how to grow, cook and eat healthy food. Gunst will share her own experience in the classroom during the dinner.
UNH Professor Joanne Curran-Celentano will be discussing her research as a professor of nutritional sciences, and food writer, founder and president of ChopChop magazine Sally Sampson will share her experiences with her picky-eater project, which helps families with nutrition education.
The dinner seminar will be held at Blue Moon Evolution in Exeter on Monday, March 24, with a three-course farm-to-table meal that will include a salad with local greens, chicken stew with kale and root vegetables or vegan mushroom soup, corn bread, tropical rice pudding and a glass of wine. The community-style dinner allows diners to get to know one another with allotted time for the panel discussion.
“We want this to be action-oriented and to give people good ideas. … It’s also about shifting the culture so that the dialogue is more positive about whole foods,” Miller said. “We got to show our kids that it does make a difference. Because they’re surrounded by ads ... with processed foods.”
Dinner seminars like this are just one type of program the Food and Health Forum provides. There are also wellness challenges, cooking classes and programs that allow kids to meet local farmers. The next dinner seminar will be held in April with guest speaker Gary Hirshberg, chairman of Stonyfield Farm.
“Our mission is to really educate people and help build that connection between what we eat and where it comes from and how it makes us feel. It’s not just about the food, it’s bigger than that,” Miller said. “We really like to help give people practical tools and empower them to feel how good you can feel with real food.” 
 
As seen in the March 20, 2014 issue of the Hippo.





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