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The Duchess and I recently made an appearance on "Good Day Columbus" , demonstrating a healthy, plant-based dish on a segment called "Couples Cooking." So much fun, and I even taught the host how to zest a lemon! You can watch the complete video clip by clicking here.
Coming up: October is Vegetarian Awareness Month, and October 1 is World Vegetarian Day. Check out the North American Vegetarian Society's web site for more details by clicking here. Take the pledge to go vegetarian for a day, week, or month and you will be entered into their drawing for a cash prize! That would be a bonus to the improvement in your health and our environment that can be realized by cutting back on consumption of meat and dairy products even once a week. Check it out!
October 24 is Food Day, dedicated to inspiring Americans to change their diets for the better and to improve our food policies. America's food system contributes to heart disease, obesity, diabetes and other health problems, and promotes environmental degradation, unfair working conditions, and animal cruelty. With America's resources, there is no excuse for hunger, diet-related diseases, low wages for food and farm workers, or inhumane conditions for animals. Find out more about Food Day, join the movement, and participate in one or more of the many events that will take place by clicking here.
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Yoga Mat to Placemat: Move Well, Eat Well, Be Well: The Duchess and I are excited to offer this special workshop to help you feel terrific all year long through movement and healthy eating. Start off with a great two-hour Fascia Release and Alignment class with registered yoga teacher Loretta Zedella (aka The Duchess of Fork), as we use foam rollers, small therapy balls, bolsters,and yoga postures to release tension from the body, revealing ease of body and peace of mind. Then, learn how a healthy, plant-based diet is a wonderful complement to your yoga practice or any exercise routine with Chef Mark and a two-hour cooking demonstration and sampling! If you are curious about how to get started with a healthier diet or looking to expand your kitchen skills and repertoire, this class is for you! We would love to bring this workshop to your community center, place of employment, church, or other location. Please contact me at Chef@TheDukeofFork.com with questions or for additional information about this workshop. We are offering Yoga Mat to Placemat at these locations:
Sunday, October 26, at Seven Studios in Downtown Columbus. We are very happy to bring our workshop to this beautiful studio in the heart of Columbus. Join us beginning at 1PM for tension release, followed by the cooking demo at 3:15PM. Advanced registration is available now by clicking here. Cost is $65 for both sessions, or $35 for tension release or cooking.
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Sunday, October 12: I am excited and honored to once again be a presenting chef at this year's "Dishin' for Hunger" at the Ohio Union on the Ohio State University campus. This event is a benefit for Neighborhood Services, Inc., serving low-income families and individuals and one of the largest hunger assistance providers in Columbus. This year I'll be sharing the kitchen stage with notable area chefs from The Ohio Union, G. Michael's Bistro, Park Creek Kitchen and Whole Foods. I hope that you will consider joining me and the Duchess at this event- last year was so much fun and for such a worthy cause. More information and tickets for the event are available by clicking here.
Tuesday, October 14: I am delighted to be back at the Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens for "Plant-Based Cooking for Health and Happiness." If your recipe box of plant-based dishes is limited to pasta, side dishes, or fake meat products, you will want to attend this class in which we'll discuss, demonstrate and sample some of the basics of planning and preparing a delicious meat and dairy free meal. Class time is 6:00PM to 8:00PM; cost is $35 or $30 for Conservatory members, and you can register in advance online by clicking here.
Saturday, November 8: Too early to start thinking about healthy food choices for the holidays? Not with The Duke of Fork! Join me as I return to the beautiful Dawes Arboretum in Newark, Ohio, for "Healthy Cooking for the Holidays." I'll show you some tasty alternatives to traditional holiday fare and include a cooking demonstration, recipes, tips on meal planning, samples, and an afternoon of fun! 1:00PM to 3:00PM, cost is $35 per person or $25 for Arboretum members, and you can register in advance by clicking here and clicking to the November calendar page. And, if you want to make a day of it with The Duke and Duchess, you can also register for Loretta Zedella's (aka The Duchess of Fork) tension release and yoga workshop that same day, from 10:30 to 12:30! Who is going to feel great? You will! We hope that you will join us for one or both of these sessions.
Tuesday, November 18: "Healthy Meals for the Holidays" comes to the Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. I am so excited for this- come out and join me as I prepare a meat and dairy free Thanksgiving meal that will include my special vegan pumpkin pie. Tastings and recipes will be included! Advanced registration is highly recommended as I expect this class to fill up quickly. Class time is 6:00PM to 8:00PM; cost is only $45 per person, or $40 for Conservatory members. Find out how delicious an alternative Thanksgiving meal can be by clicking here to register.
Don't forget that I also offer private, in-home cooking classes that are tailored to your individual needs and questions. Invite a few friends over and we'll make it a cooking party! Contact me for pricing and more information.