I had the opportunity to meet Whole Food’s very own Chad Sarno, Chef & Culinary Educator for their Health Starts Here program. Here’s a quick recap of my night with the man himself!

Our evening began with canapes, libations, & a little mixin’ & a minglin’. On the canape menu:
– pumpkin risotto cups with chestnuts & spices
– cucumber with cashew herb cheese & balsamic figs
– crostini with artichoke pesto & wild mushrooms horseradish
– almond nog (with a homemade almond milk base)
– ganache parfait with drunken berries

And as if these tasty treats weren’t enough…we had a chance to see the Chef demo some of his holiday favorites, with a twist! Take a peak at this spread:
– shaved fennel & apples with toasted pecans & mandarin vinaigrette
chanterelle madeira gravy
– celeria & parsnip mash
– crusted tempeh cutlets

All of tonight’s tastings really did reflect the Health Starts Here Eating Principles (1. Whole Food / 2. Plant Strong / 3. Healthy Fats / 4. Nutrient Dense) & further confirmed my belief that is possible to have a healthy, happy holiday season 🙂

Be sure to check out @WFM_Nashville on Twitter & their hashtag #healthyholidays to find more details about our night with Chef Chad Sarno.

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December 12, 2012

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