LOCAL FOOD: Security and Culture

Thursday, September 15th
St. Charles - 2500 NE Neff Rd
Members-$15 / Non-Members-$30
RSVP by August 12th

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The discussion of local food means more than boutique groceries and a nod to a long lost past.  Local food is recognized at all levels as a critical measure of community health.  Access by all populations to diverse and nutrient rich produce is a growing concern.  While, at the same time, local food can be a significant contributor to community and culture.

"The issues we face as a region are, in many ways, no different than those facing communities nation-wide: the need to build fertile soil, preserve farmland, and address hunger, food insecurity and health disparities." ~Central Oregon Food Assessment

Join us for our next City Club forum, as Katrina Van Dis (COIC, CO Food Policy Council) and Chef Gene Fritz (COCC Culinary Institute) discuss food security in Central Oregon and the role local food can play in our regional culture.

Katrina (Katy) Van Dis works at Central Oregon Intergovernmental Council as a Program Coordinator for the Community and Economic Development Natural Resource Department.  She grew up on a cherry orchard in Eastern Oregon, and as a kid, sold cherries on the side of the road to help fund her college tuition.  She is on the Board of Directors for the Oregon Farmers’ Market Association and has worked extensively in Central Oregon with marketing and outreach program focused on local food.

Chef Gene Fritz, Ed.M, CCE, is Director and Executive Chef of the Cascade Culinary Institute at COCC.  He previously served as the Director of Education at the Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts. He was a culinary instructor in the Colorado State University Restaurant and Resort Management Program and Executive Chef at the Aspen Grille student-operated restaurant. He also served as the the Director of Culinary Operations over the College of Culinary Arts at the Johnson and Wales University - Denver, CO campus.

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Event Date: 
Thu, 09/15/2011 - 11:30am - 1:00pm