Published DateNORTHFIELD — A vegan Italian Cooking Class, Dinner and Talk will be held at the Pines Community Center in Northfield on Thursday, April 25 from 5:30–8:30 p.m.
On the menu: Antipasto w/Red Wine Vinaigrette; Italian "Sausage" w/Peppers & Onions; Eggplant Manicotti w/Cashew Ricotta & Tomato Sauce; Steamed Kale w/Garlic & Olive Oil, Canolli, Herbal Tea and more.
At 7 p.m. a half-hour talk on the environmental impact of grass-fed beef will be given by Louisa Dell'Amico, vegan cooking instructor. "Since Earth Day is in April, I'd like to address the environmental impact of an animal-based diet. I know this isn't going to go over big in this area, but many consumers are now purchasing meat from locally-raised and/or grass-fed animals upon learning of the environmental degradation and miserable lives of "factory farmed" animals. While there's no question that most small local farms offer an immeasurably better quality of life to the animals, I don't believe it's sustainable.''
"Many people still have the misconception that meat is required for protein, and they can't even imagine what they would eat if they didn't eat meat, dairy, and eggs. Protein is a nutrient, not a food group, and it's available in a vast array of plant-based foods. People transition to a plant-based diet for a variety of reasons. Whatever the reason, transitioning to a whole, balanced, plant-based diet is beneficial to everyone and everything on this earth. So let's celebrate this amazing planet by reducing and eliminating animal-based foods from our diet," said Dell'Amico.
The cooking class and dinner cost $30. Dell'Amico says two checks should be sent to the Pines Community Center, 61 Summer St, Northfield, NH 03276, one for $15 payable to center and one for $15 payable to L. Dell'Amico.
Registration dadline is Tuesday, April 23. Children 12 and under are free. Young adults (13-18) & Students: $15 ($10/LD $5/PCC).