SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY — Saratoga Performing Arts Center recently announced a new CulinaryArts@SPAC series titled Food as Medicine beginning in early 2023.
The series of events will feature culinary and beverage tastings along with engaging conversations with experts, physicians and writers discussing how diet, lifestyle and wellness practices can support longevity, help prevent disease and manage chronic health conditions.
Kicking off the new initiative is Brain Health Kitchen with Dr. Annie Fenn in conversation with WAMC’s Joe Donahue on January 27, followed by Plants First with Dr. Katie Takayasu on March 25. The series will take place from 6 to 8:30 pm in the Nancy DiCresce Room at The Pines at Saratoga Performing Arts Center.
“As we head into the new year and the season of resolutions, exploring the link between food and health is a particularly timely topic,” Saratoga Performing Arts Center President and CEO Elizabeth Sobol said in a statement. Press release. “Both Dr. Annie Fenn and Dr. Katie Takayasu are fascinating speakers who integrate science and medicine into their culinary and wellness practices, making them an accessible, inspiring and delicious way to kick off 2023.”
Before conversations, guests can enjoy mocktails, wine, and beer along with snacks such as cod pancakes, crispy cauliflower tacos, salmon with avocado butter, brown rice paella with shrimp and artichokes, and tahini blondies with almond butter from Brain Health Kitchen and tastings like coriander. and Flax Roasted Eggplant, Almond Furikake Crusted Halibut with Coconut Lime Cream and Avocado Mousse with Extra Dark Chocolate from Plants First: A Medical Guide to Wellness Through a Plant-Forward Diet. Menus may change based on market availability.
Beyond its amphitheater stage, SPAC has become a year-round gathering place that celebrates the art of food in building community while empowering people to understand how what we eat influences communities. and the planet.
The CulinaryArts@SPAC initiative, founded in 2020, aims to combine culinary excellence and education with exquisite foods that emphasize socially conscious cultivation and consumption, local procurement, and fair wages.
Most recently, CulinaryArts@SPAC presented “The Miracle of Salt with Naomi Duguid” with culinary tastings and conversations as part of Duguid’s international book tour.
CulinaryArts@SPAC: Food as Medicine is produced by Lily and the Rose’s Kim Klopstock and Pam Abrams. The Savory Pantry, a local provider of cookbooks and artisan food gifts, is providing additional support.
Tickets to attend Brain Health Kitchen with Dr. Annie Fenn are $75 and include drinks (mocktails, wine and beer) and tastings along with entry to the conversation. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.
Attendees can also purchase copies of Brain Health Kitchen at a specially discounted price of $30 ($35 retail). A book signing with the author will immediately follow the discussion.
Tickets for Plants First with Dr. Katie Takayasu will be on sale at a later date.
More information about CulinaryArts@SPAC is available online at spac.org.