Culinary Wellness: The Menu as A Change Agent

1452203616897Colorado Dame Amanda Archibald, RD is partnering with Dame & Chef Elena Clement (LDEI DC chapter) and Roberta Kline, MD (Santa Fe) to produce: Culinary Wellness: The Menu as A Change Agent, Boulder, CO – June 22-24. This visionary event, designed specifically for chefs will enable chefs to understand the exciting worlds of Food As Medicine and Nutrigenomics. Chefs are uniquely positioned to develop recipes and menus with target ingredients that have a profound impact on health at a genetic level. In this experiential workshop, chefs will be exposed to cutting edge nutrition science and genomic medicine. With science as a backdrop, chefs will participate in three culinary labs using strategic ingredients to produce cutting edge recipes and menu concepts. This workshop is design to take wellness via the menu to the new frontier in health and medicine. Visit Amanda’s website for complete details.


Aloy Modern Thai Soft Opening to Benefit LDEI CO

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Ever wondered what a restaurant does for a soft opening? Want to be one of the first to dine at the new Aloy Modern Thai restaurant on Larimer St. in Denver?

Please support LDEI Colorado as we join co-owner Bo Bean for the soft opening. Help the restaurant get ready for their Grand Opening, and spread good karma! Bo has so generously agreed to make their first soft opening night a benefit event for LDEI Colorado’s Scholarship Program. Continue reading →


Colorado Bloggers #BakeItForward

nkh_logo_v3Being the holiday season, fellow Colorado bloggers Yvette Marquez-Sharpnack (Muy Bueno Cookbook), Toni Dash (Boulder Locavore) and Erin Sellin (Dinners, Dishes and Desserts) wanted to do something to give back. Inspired by the campaigns Toyota and the Food Network to do something nice for others, the bloggers decided to Bake It Forward, preparing cookie recipes special to their own families to give to firefighters in thanks for all they do every day. To spread the word and hopefully inspire others to do that same, they made a video of their experience and are sharing it on their blogs and social media with the hashtag #BakeItForward.  Continue reading →


Innovative Partnership Pairs Chefs and Doctors

marlene swansonDame Marleen Swanson, a dietician and department chair in culinary nutrition at Johnson & Wales in Denver, has been busy with a unique new class: The Culinary Nutrition Program for medical students that provides guidance on treating illness with food. Dame Swanson says the program aims to provide future physicians with a stronger foundation to counsel patients on health and nutrition, and you can learn more about her work in the Fall Issue of Optimum Wellness magazine.


The Wonder of Mushrooms, by Kimberly Lord Stewart

Optimum-Wellness-Fall-2015Kimberly Lord Stewart’s recent article for Optimum Wellness magazine, Fantastic Fungi, is an excellent primer for anyone looking to learn more about various types of mushrooms and for all of us looking for new ways to cook them. With recipes from breakfast to dessert (yes, you’ll be intrigued to try the Chanterelle Sandies with Truffle Salt!), there’s something for everyone in this robust article. Check out the issue online here – the piece begins on page 31.


Dame Amanda Archibald’s New Ventures

1449525975101Amanda Archibald is partnering with Roberta Kline, MD, Joe Veltmann, PhD and Susan Allen, RD CCN to form NCG Health Solutions.  NCG integrates the disciplines of Nutrition Science, the Culinary Arts and Genomic Medicine. This company will  train clinicians and physicians around the world in the cutting edge translation of genomic information for consumers. Amanda works exclusively in the application of the culinary arts to this visionary field of medicine. Amanda’s company, Field to Plate is also partnering with Genomic Solutions Now! (GSN), a Santa Fe based genomic testing company to produce a series of visionary workshops for clinicians and health professionals. Slated for 2016 are two workshops:

Culinary Genomics (online): Clinicians learn how the culinary arts intersect with Nutrition Science and  Genomic Medicine.

Using Genomic Medicine, Nutrition Science and the Culinary Arts To Personalize Training (Boulder, CO May 18-20): A workshop targeting clinicians and accredited sports professionals working with athletes.

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Cooking with Food that Talks to Your Genes
Tuesdays January 19 and 26  7 – 8:15 pm
Live and recorded  $10

Cooking with Food To Keep Your Genes Young
Tuesdays February 9 and 16 –  7 – 8:15 pm
Live and recorded  $10

You’ll find complete details about Amanda’s webinars on her website:


Renowned Colorado Author Carol Fenster Book Signing at Harvest Fest

Carol Fenster 1Carol Fenster, of Centennial, Colorado is the featured author at the 2015 Harvest Fest at The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey in Cañon City. The 14thannual Harvest Fest takes place on Saturday, September 26th and Sunday, September 27th. Carol will be there both days form 11:00-3:00, to sign her 11th gluten-free cookbook, 100 Best QUICK Gluten-free Recipes.

The book is beautifully illustrated, and incredibly organized, with an outline on how to stock a gluten free pantry. The chapters begin with Breakfast and Breads and include soups, salads, sandwiches and snack, main dishes and desserts. Chocolate cookies with flour derived from grape skins will be sampled while Carol is signing her book.holy cross abbey

The Harvest Fest is 10:00am-6:00pm on Saturday, September 26th and 10:00am-5:00pm on Sunday, September 27th. Admission and parking are free, and live music plays each day. For more information, call 1-877-HCA-WINE (877-422-9463) or email the winery at


Tesoro Cultural Center’s 14th Annual 1830s Rendezvous & Spanish Colonial Art Market

CO Dames Learn the Art of Food & Beer Pairing

shellie-kark-sandra-dugan-brewers-associationColorado Dames Shellie Kark and Sandra Dugan recently attended the Brewer’s association Beer and Food one day course in Boulder to learn about the different styles of beers and how to pair them with food. The course included beer tastings and a session on how to pair foods with beer. mystery-basket-brewers-associationTeams were assigned, a mystery basket of ingredients was presented and each team had to prepare a “meal” that paired with an assigned beer. The session ended with a crash course on bar management and how to pour a perfect pint at the Brewer’s Association offices.


Book Signing and LDEI Fundraiser with Dame Carol Fenster

100 best quick gluten freeJoin Dame Carol Fenster at a book-signing of her latest cookbook, 100 Best Quick Gluten-Free Recipes, at the Covered Treasurers Bookstore in Monument, CO on Thursday, August 20, 2015, from 5 PM – 8 PM. The event is part of Historic Downtown Monument’s Art Hop, where the galleries, restaurants and boutiques of historic downtown Monument stay open until 8 pm for a celebration featuring art openings, book signings, great food, live music and other special events. Carol’s share of the proceeds from sales of her book at the event will be donated to the Colorado Chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier International. The bookstore is located at 105 Second Street in Monument, CO, 80132.

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