|A Food Day participant pedals a bike powers a blender during the inaugural 2011 event. File photo|
The Department of Nutrition and Dietetics will host the second annual Garden to Tables Food Day from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24 at the University's teaching garden, located at the corner of Compton and Rutger at the Medical Center.
Admission is $5 and includes five courses of artisan and local foods, and education on different aspects of sustainable food systems such as food access, composting and vermiculture, community-supported agriculture programs, childhood obesity and humane practices. Several stations will have menu items sourced from local products, and local farmers will be on hand to provide insight into local farming practices.
"Food Day provides the St. Louis community with an understanding about sustainable food systems by introducing them to local farmers and their products, providing ways for them to get involved in their food system, and simply by just being in the Gardens to Tables garden," said Lauren Landfried, Food Day coordinator and instructor in the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics. "This event brings together diverse individuals for a common purpose, and we are proud to host this event for the St. Louis community."
Food Day is a nationwide initiative that promotes sustainable, healthy and just agricultural practices. The goal is to inspire individuals to become involved in this unique food movement and help improve nationwide food policies.
|The University's teaching garden grows organic produce and herbs. File photo|
In addition to the meal, the department will honor Nicola MacPherson, from Ozark Forest Mushrooms, with the Local Food Hero Award. The award goes to an individual in the community who has shown remarkable ways to promote sustainable agricultural systems. MacPherson has earned the award through her innovative, ecologically friendly methods of growing mushrooms. She will speak at the event and discuss the importance of sustainable food systems and her work as a good steward of the environment.
This year's Food Day is sponsored by Saint Louis University, the City of St. Louis Department of Health, Les Dames d'Escoffier Green Tables St. Louis Chapter and the Great Issues Committee.
Tickets can be purchased prior to the event by emailing Lauren Landfried at firstname.lastname@example.org or at the Fresh Gatherings Café. For more information on the event, visit the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics website.