Chow Down: Eat Local 101

Our family has been having such a blast getting involved with the Eat Local movement that has absolutely been exploding here in Kansas City. Whether we are picking berries in a local berry patch, promoting our real food message at local events and venues (do those two words mean the same thing?), planting our own organic vegetable garden, or visiting the neighborhood farmer’s markets, we have jumped in with both feet and are loving every minute of it!

A couple months ago, my friends at (formerly Kansas City Center for Urban Agriculture) asked me if I would like to be a part of a “101” workshop series they were putting together to kick off this year’s Urban Farms & Gardens Tour. Ecstatic and honored at the opportunity, I (of course) said yes. The class I will have the priviedge of co-leading is titled “Chow Down: Eat Local 101”. Co-sponsored by Whole Foods Market, my friend, Lisa Markley (Whole Foods’ Healthy Eating Specialist, MS, and RD), and I will be demonstrating cooking techniques to help attendees prepare what the season has to offer in spring, summer, and fall. We will also be touching on the basics of nutrition, organics, and local.

If you live in the Kansas City area and would like to learn how to fully embrace your inner locavore (or if you just want to enjoy some tasty local eats), we would love for you to join us! We will be sharing two types of herbed bean dip; how to prepare greens (both cooked and raw); organic pasta with local cheese, corn, tomato, and basil; and a raw, vegan, berry cobbler (yup!) that your whole family is sure to enjoy! (The cobbler is so healthy that the girls and I had the leftovers for breakfast this morning—think Larabar for the crust!)

Chow down: Eat Local 101

Whole Foods Market Cooking Studio
7401 W. 91st Street
Overland Park, KS 66212

Thursday, June 23; 6 – 8pm, $18
Register here:

Learn more about the farms participating in the tour, other workshops being offered, children’s activities (the girls and I are going to get to grind our own grains!), and more by visiting

PS—I am so excited to learn from Lisa as she prepares braised kale and a raw rainbow chard slaw! It is probably obvious from my blog and my cookbook, but I am still a total scaredy cat when it comes to hearty greens. Other than kale chips, I am still super intimidated on how to prepare them!

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  1. Lee Finnegan says:

    Katie, it sounds wonderful! Would like it if the cost was a little more reasonable. As far as your hearty greens go, have you tried sauteing kale and spinach with lemon zest, olive oil and adding to pasta…I love it! Thanks for a great blog….Lee Finnegan

  2. I recently wrote an article on eating local…so I am glad I found this on your page 🙂
    I have a blog hop going on over at my site if you would like to link up and meet new sites!

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