Food Forward Culinary Experience

We are so excited to welcome the Humane Society of the United States this month as a part of our Food Forward plant based eating program. What is plant based eating? It’s exactly what it sounds like! Many meat, egg, and dairy products sold in the United States come from animals raised in intensive confinement systems (known as factory farms). These are not only incredibly harmful for the animals, but also for our environment. The Humane Society of the United States promotes the 3 R’s which, according to their website are,  “Reducing the consumption of meat and other animal-based foods; refining the diet by avoiding products from the worst production systems (e.g., switching to cage-free eggs); and replacing meat and other animal-based foods in the diet with plant-based foods.”

Specifically, we will be welcoming Executive Chef Wanda White from the Humane Society to campus in a few weeks. Wanda was not a vegan for her whole life. In fact she says,  “I am a Classically trained Certified Executive Pastry Chef.  Four years ago I opened the First All Vegan Dining Hall in the US.  The only thing I knew about being a vegan is that it was freaky food.  I did some research and realized it was not the case at all.  In fact since I had the opportunity to work with plant based food I have been pleasantly surprised. There are so many benefits eating plant base beside of the health benefits my mission is to refine the methods of animal production to eliminate the most inhumane practices, reduce consumption of animal products and replace animal products with meat free alternatives.  I want the student to understand is that eating plant based is fun , easy and exciting.”  

Chef Wanda White will be running a series of exciting demonstrations and programs as part of the Food Forward event. The image below not only details the programs she will be running, but also other Northwestern Real Food events.

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Northwestern student Kara Rodby, one of the co-directors of Real Food NU, is thrilled about the event. She explains, “We are so excited to be kicking off NU Food Week 2015 with the Humane Society!  We were able to meet Wanda White and Kenn Botts when they came to campus over the summer and had a great conversation about plant-based eating and the progress we’ve made at NU because of the Real Food Campus Commitment signed last spring.  We hope this event will help educate students about the benefits, logistics, and feasibility of plant-based eating.  Vegetarianism and veganism are definitely increasing in popularity on campus and it’s important that the school provides resources that support those desires and needs, so we are so happy to hear that NU Dining is working so closely with the Humane Society for that reason.”

You may have some fears. Will plant based eating give me the nutrients and proteins that I need? Chef Wanda White spoke to this fear when she said, “I realized when I was the Chef at UNT that planted based cooking was as simple as replacing animal ingredients with plant based.  For instance if your recipe call for cheese, use plant base.  The biggest concern about eating plant base was how can I get enough protein?  Tofu has been said to be the perfect food.  It is high in protein and filled with lots of good stuff,   Quinoa and an many green vegetables have protein.  I am so passionate about this because I did not realize how tasty, fun and  easy this this was going to be for me.  I get so excited to see the reaction from people when they realize that cooking plant based was so easy.”

We are so excited to get to react to these demonstrations and we cannot wait to share them with you! For sign ups and more information, please visit the Nu Real Food website: http://realfoodnu.wix.com/realfoodnu#!foodweek2015/cg62

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