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January 28, 2019 at 2:12 pm

Discovery Kitchen Students Make Black Bean Burgers

Dr. Theresa Moran and Professor Thom Stevenson pose with CFI member, Sierra Fais, and students participating in the workshop.

Dr. Theresa Moran and Professor Thom Stevenson pose with CFI member, Sierra Fais, and students participating in the workshop.

Food Studies hosted the first of a series of four Discovery Kitchen Workshops on Jan. 24  in collaboration with Community Food Initiatives and the Patton College’s Human & Consumer Sciences Department.

Visiting Assistant Professor Thomas Stevenson’s Restaurant, Hotel and Tourism students assisted with the workshop, held in McCracken Hall Test Kitchen. The event was open to the Ohio and Athens community.

The Discovery Kitchen Program is an intrinsic part of CFI. The organization hosts Discovery Kitchens throughout the community, demonstrating cooking techniques, sharing recipes and educating people about preparing healthy meals with local and seasonal ingredients. The series of workshops to be held at OHIO are funded through a Sugarbush Foundation grant, awarded to Food Studies theme director Dr. Theresa Moran, Rural Action and CFI.

Fresh and local kale is prepped to be added into the black bean burgers.

Fresh and local kale is prepped to be added into the black bean burgers.

The first Discovery Kitchen was a great success. Thirty participants, guided in knife skills and vegetable preparation by Stevenson and CFI’s staff, prepared black bean burgers and sweet potato fries. The menu reflected what local and seasonal ingredients.

Participants at the cooking workshop work together to add spices into the black bean burger mix.

Participants at the cooking workshop work together to add spices into the black bean burger mix.

Interested in participating in the next Discovery Kitchen on campus? The following three will be held on Thursday, Feb. 21, from 5-7 p.m., Thursday, March 21, from 5-7 p.m., and Thursday, April, 25 from 5-7 p.m. in McCracken Hall kitchen lab. These are free events, and you can sign up on Facebook, or by emailing Discovery Kitchen Coordinator, Sierra Farris at discoverykitchen@communityfoodinitiatives.org.

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