I took the Cook for Good show on the road, from Wilmington North Carolina to Portland Oregon for the International Association of Culinary Professionals conference. Then back east to Hilton Head Island, South Carolina and back to North Carolina. The main goal of the tour was to help people see how easy and affordable it is to cook real, seasonal food from scratch. People responded enthusiastically to the message, whether they were at a Slow Food Dinner or at a food bank.
See below for videos, a map, and the schedule. Thanks to everyone who helped make this tour such a success.
Want a Tour Stop in Your Town on a Future Tour? I'll be teaching at co-ops, grocery stores including Whole Foods Markets, and for various organizations as I go to Portland and back. If you'd like to have me do one or more classes for your organization or have an active MeetUp group or other gathering of like-minded souls, fill out the event-request form and let me know!
The tour raised money for the Community Food Security Coalition and other local anti-hunger or environmental groups.
Highlights from Special Twenty Minutes a Day Class in Fairfield Iowa
See highlights from the class in Fairfield, Iowa, include an overview of the Cook for Good philosophy and how to make baked pears with cinnamon-yogurt sauce.
Highlights from the 20 Minutes a Day Class Video
Bring the tour to your family room. Take this class filmed at the Food Bank of Yolo County, celebrating the grand opening of their new community kitchen. Only $12.95 plus $2.00 S&H for a full 62-minute cook class on DVD. 100% guaranteed. If you don't learn enough to save more than you paid in a year, I'll send you 100% of your purchase price back.
- You bought it, so cook it! Making green cooking affordable — You can afford to cook with local, sustainably grown, and organic ingredients. Just squeeze every last drop of flavor and nutrition out of the food you buy. I'll show you how to make delicious dishes out of food that many people throw away. Learn how to make Magic Asparagus Quiche, Parsley Pesto, Chickpea Gravy, and Spanish Rice. Develop new habits that will provide you with "free" meals every month. Save hundreds of dollars a year and up your locavore score by making the best use of your freezer. If you don't learn enough tips to save at least double the cost of this class in a year, contact Cook for Good for a full refund. Class time: 1 hour.
- Cook for Good in 20 Minutes a Day — In just 20 minutes of active time a day, you can cook a big part of your family's food for the week from pure, seasonal ingredients. You'll marvel at how easy it is to save money by cooking delicious food from scratch. I'll show you my super-efficient cooking plan that lets even a busy family enjoy home-made bread, pasta sauces, bean stews, healthy snacks, speedy side dishes, and fruit desserts. You'll gain the skills needed to take the Cook for Good Challenge this summer: can you cook everything from scratch for a week? (Hint: yes you can!) Take home a cooking plan and recipes to use right away and to up your locavore score. Class time: 1 hour.
- Using Thrift as a Path Towards Healthy People and Healthy Food Systems — A growing minority of people vote with their forks for pure food, humane treatment of workers and animals, a sustainable local food system, and the environment. Yet many people can't see the point of eating anything but the cheapest, most convenient, and "tastiest" food, no matter what their financial situation. This talk discusses four hurdles that keep people from eating healthy, local food and four opportunities to help people overcome them.
Cook for Good Coast-to-Coast Tour Schedule
|date||city||place||time / cost||class / event|
|4/3||Wilmington, NC||Tidal Creek Co-op||1:30 p.m. $3 owners, $5 others||You Bought It, So Cook It!|
|3:00 p.m. $3 owners, $5 others||Cook for Good in 20 Minutes a Day. See the tour kickoff video.
|4/10||Hendersonville, NC||Hendersonville Community Co-op||2:00 p.m. $10 owners, $12 others||
Cook for Good in 20 Minutes a Day, Benefit for the Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project.
|4/12||Lexington, KY||Good Foods Market & Cafe||2:00 p.m. $10 owners, $12 others||Cook for Good in 20 Minutes a Day, Benefit for the Community Food Security Coalition|
|4/14||Urbana, IL||Common Ground Food Co-op||6:00 p.m. $5 owners, $10 others||Cook for Good in 20 Minutes a Day, Benefit for the Benefit for the Community Food Security Coalition|
|4/15||Fairfield, IA||At Home Store||6:30 p.m. $25||Special cooking and tasting version of Cook for Good in 20 Minutes a Day. A Slow Foods event. Benefit for community radio station KRUU.|
|4/20||Portland, OR||People's Food Co-op. Benefit for the Community Food Security Coalition||6:30 – 9 p.m. special free event||6:30: Using Thrift as a Path Towards Healthy People and Healthy Food Systems|
|8:00:You bought it, so cook it! Making green cooking affordable.|
|4/21–24||Portland, OR||Attending the International Association of Culinary Professionals conference. See my rant the day after the conference about The Fat Lady and the Ocean.
|4/27||Sacramento, CA||Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL) Collaborative Quarterly Meeting||9 a.m. – noon||Using Thrift as a Path Towards Healthy People and Healthy Food Systems (30 minute presentation)|
|4/27||Sacramento, CA||Whole Foods Market – Arden||7:00 p.m., $10||Cook for Good in 20 Minutes a Day|
|4/28 – 4/29||Sacramento, CA||Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL) Collaborative||
|5/21||Hilton Head, SC||Volunteers in Medicine Clinic||2:00 p.m.||Cook for Good in 20 Minutes a Day. Private session for volunteers and clients of the Volunteers in Medicine Clinic. Also a benefit for the clinic. See videos with Dr. Frank Bowen on childhood obesity and and dietitian Betty Amer on portion control.
|6/12||Pittsboro, NC||Chatham Marketplace||2:00 p.m., $5 owners, $10 others||You bought it, so cook it! Making green cooking affordable. A benefit for the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association. Pre-register at the Marketplace or call (919) 542-2643.|
|6/26||Cary, NC||Western Wake Farmers Market||8:00 a.m. to noon||Special market display of lessons from You Bought It, So Cook It class, with tasting of Green Eggs Scramble around 10:00. Part of the celebration of the Market's kickoff for accepting EBT cards (food stamps). See video.