Chef to Perform Healthy Cooking Demo at St. Vincent’s Farm Stand

August 4, 2016

BRIDGEPORT, Connecticut -- St. Vincent’s Medical Center’s Farm Stand will host “Bringing Good Food for All,” a healthy cooking demo this Tuesday, August 9, 2016 from 12:30-1:30 pm. The event, which is free and open to the public, will take place rain or shine immediately in front of its main entrance of the Medical Center at 2800 Main Street, Bridgeport during the regular hours of the St. Vincent’s Farm Stand, which is open every Tuesday from 12:00 - 4:00 pm through October 25. No registration is necessary.

“Bringing Good Food for All” is the philosophy of Chef Raquel Rivera-Pablo, of A Pinch of Salt, LLC. She will prepare several dishes including sautéed kale, and peaches and ricotta crostini with balsamic vinaigrette. Free samples will be available on a first-come, first-served basis and recipes will be provided to all. Chef Raquel will give cooking tips as she prepares the dishes and will take questions.

“We are delighted to have Chef Raquel with us to demonstrate how easy it can be to prepare healthy yet delicious food on a manageable budget,” said St. Vincent’s Chief Mission Integration Officer Bill Hoey, MAHCM, LCSW. “It is an exciting new extension of our Farm Stand, which demonstrates our mission to respond to the needs of the community and bring fresh and healthy food to area residents of all income levels.” 

Chef Raquel Pablo-Rivera is passionate about educating communities on the importance of healthy cooking, understanding nutritional information and shopping on a budget. She graduated with highest honors from the Institute of Culinary Education and completed her internship at the legendary Le Bernardin in New York City. In 2009, she created her own cooking business, A Pinch of Salt, LLC, offering hands-on cooking instruction on the preparation of delicious, healthy, inexpensive, and easy to recreate meals. Because of her dedicated service to City Harvest in New York, Chef Raquel received the honor of an invitation to the launch of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! initiative at the White House.

Since moving to Bridgeport in 2013, Chef Raquel has shared her cooking knowledge with the community through her partnerships with Cooking Matters, the YMCA, the Council of Churches of Greater Bridgeport, and the Bridgeport Farmers Market Collaborative.

Parking for the event in visitor garage is free with validated ticket.

For more information, please contact Lucinda I. Ames at (203) 576-5550 or lames@stvincents.org.

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