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November 2020

Holiday Gifts: Jewelry and Goods made out of Vegetables with Margaret Dorfman

November 15, 2020 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Free

Artist Margaret Dorfman creates beautiful jewelry and serving dishes out of fruit and vegetables, which she processes into colorful translucent parchments. Her creations are truly beautiful and unique! You can learn more about her here: http://www.margaretdorfman.com/index.htm. In this Zoom meeting, Margaret will share how she got started, a general explanation of her process, and she will accept orders by phone for receipt or shipping for the holidays with a special discount just for our group! Zoom link will be sent out the…

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Preparing Gourmet SOS-Free Thanksgiving Dishes with Chef Collin!

November 22, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Free

Chef Collin’s culinary career began early on in life, inspired by the various organic fruits and vegetables that he and his family would harvest on the local farms. As Collin grew up he would constantly experiment cooking for friends and family, learning how to bake fresh bread, make fresh pastas and fill the cantina with wide varieties of canned and pickled goods. With this passion Chef Collin enrolled in Culinary school where he graduated with honours at the age of…

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December 2020

Zoom Chat with a Plant-Based Cardiologist, Dr. Monica Aggarwal

December 11, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Free

Join us as we chat with Dr. Monica Aggarwal, plant-based cardiologist and co-author of "Body on Fire: How Inflammation Triggers Chronic Illness and the Tools we have to Fight it". Dr. Aggarwal is an associate professor of medicine in the University of Florida Division of Cardiovascular Medicine. Serving as the Director of Integrative Cardiology and Prevention at the University of Florida, she focuses on promoting food as the foundation of healing and for its medicinal value. She is also the…

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January 2021

Meet Iman Moussa, Owner of Koshary by Misteka! (Cooking Demo, too!)

January 9 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

We are so excited to learn more about the beautiful Iman Moussa, who owns Koshary by Misteka and has been taking such good care of us during the pandemic by providing delicious, creative SOS-free dishes. During this meetup, she will share her story and do a cooking demo! Here is some background about Iman: "I arrived in the US nine years ago with my husband and three boys.In a quest to figure out my new world and grow new roots…

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More Delicious, SOS-Free Cooking with Chef Collin!

January 16 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Join us as we welcome back Chef Collin, who recently shared some delicious SOS free recipes for the holidays, along with loads of valuable cooking and prep tips! Chef Collin’s culinary career began early on in life, inspired by the various organic fruits and vegetables that he and his family would harvest on the local farms. As Collin grew up he would constantly experiment cooking for friends and family, learning how to bake fresh bread, make fresh pastas and fill…

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How to Live in Alignment with Nature: Diet and Fitness, with Dr. Betty Smith

January 24 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Free

Learn about the incredible journey of an all organic—whole—plant-based—non-vegan-junk food—vegan, Dr. Betty Smith, who went from overweight coach potato to highly fit ultra-marathon runner over the past 50 years! As a vegan and an athlete for decades, her overall health proves the benefits of strict vegan diets and highly fit lifestyles—the bottom line is that you do not need meat and junk foods to stay healthy and fit. Her top rankings in the national ultra-running community continues even as she…

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February 2021

More Delicious, SOS-Free Cooking with Chef Collin: Valentine’s Day Treat

February 5 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Free

Join us as we welcome back Chef Collin, who will share some delicious SOS free recipes for the Valentine's Day, along with loads of valuable cooking and prep tips! Chef Collin’s culinary career began early on in life, inspired by the various organic fruits and vegetables that he and his family would harvest on the local farms. As Collin grew up he would constantly experiment cooking for friends and family, learning how to bake fresh bread, make fresh pastas and…

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Meet the Founders of WellBean Bars, Patty and Caroline!

February 12 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Free

Would you believe that there is actually a healthy, plant-based snack/dessert bar on the market that is made from nothing other than legumes/beans, nuts/seeds, and dried fruit, as well as 100% cocoa chips (in some varieties)? No added sugars, salt, or oil, and no flavorings, stabilizers, or preservatives. Find out how WellBean Bars came to be from the founders themselves, and hear their stories of their own inspiring personal journeys to better health. Caroline has a bachelor's in Exercise Physiology…

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GreenFare Organic Cafe: Diabetes Project and Salad Inspiration!

February 21 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Free

Gwyn Whittaker, CEO of GreenFare Organic Café, and a new non-profit, GreenFare Health and Wellness, will discuss the first project on Reversing Type 2 Diabetes in African Americans in 28 days with Sharon McRae's Columbia Forks Over Knives Group. She'll talk about the project, it's success, and follow on plans as well as what's been happening at the Café during the past year. GreenFare Organic Cafe's Operations Manager Pericles Silva will provide inspiration on a Chef's tricks to make quick…

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March 2021

Meet Shannon from Neek and Nan’s Fresh Seasonings and More

March 5 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Free

Neek and Nan's creates fresh seasonings, sauces and other food products for health-conscious people who love home-cooked meals. We promotes healthy eating and a plant-based lifestyle. Our items are seasoning blends of fresh vegetables and herbs, for use in vegan dishes, to make cooking faster and easier for our modern-day, busy families. With these blends, prep time is reduced, allowing families to prepare nutritious homemade meals, as opposed to nutrient-deficient fast and junk foods. We are dispelling the myth that…

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