Earth Fest 2016 -- Free food event at USC and more Trish and Erik updates!

Ever wish someone would make your family a healthy, satisfying and absolutely delicious meal Monday to Thursday night so you don’t have to?  Better yet, they’d also buy your groceries and clean your kitchen.  Then, when it’s time for dinner, all you have to do is reheat it.  And wouldn’t it be amazing if these meals would also help you lose weight without trying? 

 Erik's roasted cauliflower soup we served to a family we're personally cooking for.  It's SO good!  

Erik's roasted cauliflower soup we served to a family we're personally cooking for.  It's SO good!  

Well, Erik (my husband and number one chef) and I are working on it.  We’ve started cooking for families in the Columbia, SC area so they don’t have to (roasted cauliflower soup above). It’s very rewarding and exciting but also a lot of work while we’re both working full-time jobs which have also been very exciting.  In fact, I just finished my second time cooking on live tv!

 Trisha preparing to go live on the Emmy award-winning Making It Grow.

Trisha preparing to go live on the Emmy award-winning Making It Grow.

I just had the extreme pleasure of demoing a farro vegetable salad on “Making It Grow” on South Carolina Public Television (SCEtv).  Honestly, it was so exciting.  It’s a gardening and food show so naturally I was in heaven!  Plus, the host, Amanda McNulty is an a-mazing woman.  Even if you’re not in SC but love gardening, you’ll learn lots from the show.  I did!

 Trisha and Amanda McNulty, host of Making It Grow on SCEtv

Trisha and Amanda McNulty, host of Making It Grow on SCEtv

If you're on my email list you'll be the first to get the episode once it’s online, but until then, I wanted to let you in on an awesome, free event Columbia’s Cooking is hosting at USC in Columbia, SC “Earth Fest 2016 — How Your Palate Affects the Planet.”  I’ve created the event with Kirby Beal, an MPH candidate as her Preceptor.  If you’re in the area, please come and meet Erik and I and enjoy some free food and amazing presentations and workshops on how communities can determine the shape of their food system.  

 Erik and I will be serving a free lunch featuring Anson Mills and City Roots, SC grown and organic products at Earth Fest 2016.  

Erik and I will be serving a free lunch featuring Anson Mills and City Roots, SC grown and organic products at Earth Fest 2016.  

You can also meet Casey McCurry at Earth Fest.  She's our Program Coordinator at Columbia's Cooking.  She's a great plant-based cook and the backbone to our organization.  I love her!

 Casey McCurry, Columbia's Cooking Program Coordinator, happily serving a veggie lasagna with a cashew basil cheese and vegan cesar salad with our home-made and oil-free croutons.  

Casey McCurry, Columbia's Cooking Program Coordinator, happily serving a veggie lasagna with a cashew basil cheese and vegan cesar salad with our home-made and oil-free croutons.  

I hope you find these updates exciting and if you're in town, please come visit us for lots of free info!