Walking Tour & Market Lunch

Mastermind Weekend 1/16

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I'm Tina

I’m the owner of Carrots β€˜N’ Cake as well as a Certified Nutrition Coach and Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner (FDN-P). I use macros and functional nutrition to help women find balance within their diets while achieving their body composition goals.

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As you know, I really enjoy sharing my love for healthy living. So much, in fact, I helped plan a “healthy living” event for my office yesterday afternoon. πŸ˜€

walking tour invitationWith the assistance of Harvard University Dining Services (HUDS) and the Food Literacy Project, we hosted a lunch, featuring recipes prepared with ingredients from the Farmers’ Market at Harvard, followed by a walking tour.

Ted Mayer, the Executive Director of Harvard University Dining Services, kicked-off the event with a quick welcome and explanation of HUDS’s role in responding to the College community’s growing interest in food. They’re doing quite a lot on campus!

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Before enjoying a market-fresh lunch, the group watched a cooking demonstration given by Martin Breslin, the Director for Culinary Operations at Harvard. He showed us how to prepare a number of the recipes that we were about to taste.

IMG_7320Lunch was absolutely amazing! The menu was interesting and the food was incredibly fresh and flavorful! πŸ˜€
IMG_7305Holy yum! Lots of my favorites! πŸ˜€

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Lunch included a Green Salad made with local greens and topped with maple cider vinaigrette.Β I loved the vinaigrette! πŸ˜€

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Mediterranean Salad

Serves 10

  • 5 Yukon gold roasted potatoes
  • 2 red peppers sauté
  • 1 Vidalia onion sauté
  • 1 cup pitted Kalamata olives
  • 1 pint quarter artichoke hearts
  • 1 cup diced feta cheese
  • 1 quarter diced local tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
  • Salt & pepper

Directions: When cool, toss in a bowl and season.

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Tomato-Bread Soup

Serves 10

  • 1/2 cup diced onions
  • 1/2 cup diced carrots
  • 1/2 cup diced celery
  • 1/2 cup diced fennel
  • 8 cloves garlic
  • 4 cups chopped tomatoes
  • 1 cup olive oil
  • 1 cup bread cubes
  • 2 bunches of basil
  • Salt & pepper

Directions: Sauté all the vegetables with olive oil, add garlic last. Blend and add diced bread. Add basil, season, and whisk in olive oil.

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And, for dessert, we had the most amazing Baked Stuffed Apples made with local apples, cranberries, brown sugar, and some rather surprising (breadcrumbs and egg yolks!) ingredients.

I’ll be sure to post the recipe once I get it. These apples were out of this world, especially with a schoop of vanilla ice cream! πŸ˜€

IMG_7321After lunch, we took a guided walking tour of the Farmers’ Market at Harvard.

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We chatted with a number of vendors and sampled all sorts of delicious food, including Concord grapes, fresh mozzarella, stone-ground chocolate, and exotic-flavored nuts. Mmmmm!

IMG_7326It was a foodie’s heaven! :mrgreen:
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Unfortunately, my camera battery died at this point in the tour, so I wasn’t able to snap any more photos. Bummer. πŸ˜•

But, overall, the event was a great success! My collegues really seemed to enjoy themselves! Thank you, HUDS for helping me coordinate such a wonderful event! :mrgreen:

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46 Comments

  1. Tina,
    It is so awesome that your colleagues at work are invested in healthy living. Harvard seems like a great place to work!
    The baked apples look amazing. I grew up eating baked apples, but never stuffed apples, so I would love to see the recipe when you get it :).
    Have a great night!

  2. what a great event!
    my fiance’s work has a “wellness committee” but so far i think they’ve only done one thing he’s been to-that involved free food πŸ™‚
    i think there being a meal is a good way to get people at something πŸ™‚

  3. YUM! I’m dying to try that apple cider vinaigrette! I bet the egg and breadcrumbs in the apple made it so ooey-gooey good!

    Note to self: add to dessert list.

  4. I am a senior undergraduate at Harvard, and I grabbed lunch at the Queen’s Head yesterday (PB&J…). I was wondering where that spread came from! My friend and I were lucky enough to snag some of the ice cream before it was carted away. I <3 HUDS! (Oooh, those monster cookies.)

    Let me know if you ever want to grab lunch someday!

  5. that’s awesome that the chef told you how to prepare some yummy dishes! what a fun, fun event. i looove farmer’s markets. such a nice seletion of fresh, healthy goodies!

  6. what a cool event! My MIL made a maple dressing not too long ago – let me know if you want the recipe! i’m not sure what cookbook she got it out of, but I can get it. It was awesome!

  7. what an awesome idea for an event! Everyone looked like they had a good time, and its so fun to be able to share something that you love with the people you work with! i think thats awesome! πŸ™‚ the food looks amazing!

  8. What a fun event! I work for Utah’s worksite wellness program and have been helping plan farmer’s market/walking activities all summer! I love getting the employees out and about for a bit! Nice work!

  9. Awesome job Tina, it looks like such a fun event! And those baked, stuffed apples? All of us will be thanking you graciously for that recipe πŸ™‚

    Have a wonderful evening, hope you can get more unpacking and organizing done!

  10. What a great event – I wish I could have been there! I love farmers’ markets and local ingredient meals. You have an amazing food service that would help you put an event like this together – so jealous!

  11. I’m so jealous of how close you are to a farmer’s market! We have some great ones in NYC, but I’m never able to get there during the workday. Luckily, that’s what Saturdays are for!

    Congratulations on a great event. Wish I could have been there!

  12. This looks like so much fun! Good for you for putting this together. I’d love to attend something like this in my area…I’m not in college though haha so maybe they do stuff like this all the time and I just don’t know about it πŸ˜€

  13. How fun. Way to spread some healthy living love πŸ™‚
    I definitely would be interested in the baked apple recipe… with the apple season coming up and all.

  14. What a perfect event and an awesome way to get other people excited about healthy, local food. Everything looks delicious! Now if only I can find a job planning those kinds of events…

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