Food Banks or Fine Dining? with Shalom Farms

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Balancing access, affordability, and authenticity to build a better food system.

When

Thursday, August 28th / 6:30 to 7:30PM

Location

Ellwood’s Community Classroom

With

Shalom Farm’s Lead Team |  Dominic Barrett, Steve Miles & Claire Hitchins

Description

Can and should food banks distribute the same food as Ellwood’s? Is a conventional tomato better than no tomato at all? Must we choose between providing good food to some or lesser quality food to all? The US spends less on groceries than any other country, while many Americans still lack access to good food. Meanwhile,  local farmers often struggle to make a living growing food in a way they feel good about.

In this 4th installment of our Farmer Speaker Series, the lead staff of Shalom Farms  explore the practical and ethical challenges  of working to make sure every Richmonder can access, choose, and use good food – food that’s good for our bodies, good for our environment and good for our communities.

Cost

$5 (All proceeds benefit Shalom Farms!)

Register & Pay

Register online for the class below.


Ellwood Thompson’s & Shalom Farms Present



Questions?

Call the customer service desk at 804-359-7525 or email trichardson@ellwoodthompsons.com.

For the Love of Chocolate Cake

It is almost a daily occurrence that when I talk with someone about food or nutrition, they often use the words “good”and “bad”when referring to their diet, their food choices, their nutrition behavior or even small little bits an pieces they’ve eaten on vacation. Apology is often the next thing that comes up – many people feel like they need to apologies for their “bad”behavior and they’ll hop right back on their “good”food wagon.

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Well, this is my ode to the goodness of chocolate cake. To the goodness of the occasional peach cobbler and to the joy of the morning cup of coffee. I am a big believer of everything in moderation, and in my experience working with patients, denying oneself everything often leads to an over-consumption of something else. Sustainability is key! It’s OK to have your chocolate cake sometimes. And your morning cup of coffee and your favorite peach cobbler at that summer get together. The hard part is balancing when “occasionally”becomes every night, and then habits form.

The most common question I get about this is, “What can I do change my habits?? I need an alternative!”. So let me give you some of my favorites:

  1. The midnight/ late night snack: Instead of grazing for the sweet desserts or ice-cream late at night, try dehydrated veggies (like snap peas and carrots and dried fruits). These are not filling and offer a tangy sweetness or saltiness. I also like to make a cup of rooibos tea which tastes so sweet and soothing. The water fills up the stomach, making you less hungry to eat more.
  1. The finally-home-after-work beer: Ever tried kombucha? It’s absolutely delicious, fizzy, revitalizing and super bubbly. Also, Reeds Ginger Beer it another option when you just like the feeling/ritual of opening the bottle and sitting down with the beverage.
  1. The afternoon-eat-everything-in-sight grazer: This is where high protein snacks come in handy. Hummus is fantastic to snack on with some crackers or carrots sticks. A handful of nuts (like almonds, walnuts and cashews) are high calorie, healthy fat, high protein power houses. If you crave sweets at the same time, trail mix with chocolate chips or chocolate covered almonds are another good option.
  1. The uncontrollable sweet tooth: This can emerge at any moment. Here is where seasonal fruits come in to play (either dried or fresh). Peaches, apples, pears, nectarines, berries, pineapples and citrus fruits all have a punch of sweetness and freshness that can tame a pesky sweet tooth before you go for the bag of candy.
  1. The sugar-rush-breakfast: Sure, it will give you the immediate energy to get out the door, but that is NOT sustainable. Try instead a bowl of oatmeal (instant or the old fashioned kind) with fresh blueberries, walnuts, cinnamon and honey or maple syrup. This will really fill you up and stay with you well into the afternoon with the pop of sweetness, protein in the nuts, vitamins/minerals/antioxidants from the berries and heartiness from the oats.

Paying attention and limiting to when we’re reaching for our indulgences time and time again is a great practice to get into. And even better is really slowing down and enjoying our indulgences when we have them – eat them slowly, savor each bite, really be blissed out while you’re eating them, and share them, too!

All of these alternatives will take some time and experimenting to get the hang of and find out what works best for you. And remember, no food should bring on a massive amount of guilt or be considered “bad”, most especially if it brings you considerable JOY to eat and joy to share. For the love of chocolate cake, enjoy some indulgence every once in a while (and it’s even better when it’s home made!).

 

Lindsay Kluge M.Sc, CNS, LDN HealthCoach@EllwoodThompsons.com

IMPORTANT: MAJOR NUT BUTTER RECALL IN EFFECT

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Many Store Peanut And Almond Butter Brands Are Affected

The manufacturer of many popular peanut and almond butter brands has issued a recall after the Food & Drug Administration brought to its attention the possibility of major contamination with salmonella.

The nut butters include Arrowhead Mills Organic, MaraNatha peanut and almond butters, as well as almond butter store brands from Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods 365, Safeway, and Kroger.

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According to the FDA, Salmonella is an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and those with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain.

To learn if your almond or peanut butter has been recalled go to this special FDA website.

Consumers do not need to return the product to the store, where it was purchased. Instead, consumers are urged to dispose of the recalled product and its container. Please contact the manufacturer (nSpired Natural Foods Inc.) at 1-800-937-7008 between the hours of 8:00 AM and 8:00 PM CST if you have any questions or need  a replacement or refund.  If you have consumed any of these recalled butters, it is best to consult with a medical doctor.

Kirk Schroder / Food Advocate / foodadvocate@ellwoodthompsons.com

Farm to Table Dinner benefiting Tricycle Gardens

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When

Thursday, August 21st / Check-in from 6pm – 6:30pm / Dinner from 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Location

Ellwood’s Community Room

Put on by

Tricycle Gardens and Ellwood’s Chef Patrick Carr

Description

Join us for an evening of food and conversation benefiting Tricycle Gardens! We are partnering with Tricycle Gardens to host a Summer’s Farm to Table dinner, with Tricycle Gardens providing the entire 3 course dinner and our own Chef Patrick Carr preparing it.

Tricycle Gardens is a nonprofit organization with a mission to grow healthy food, healthy communities and a healthy local food system. Since breaking ground on their first garden, Tricycle has engaged thousands of neighbors and shown that the simple act of growing food is an incredibly powerful way to change the overall health of our community.

View the menu selection crafted by our Chef Patrick Carr with dessert by Bakery Chef Ingrid Schatz here. Vegan and gluten free options are available. The menu is subject to change due availability of produce.

We are pleased to announce that Natural Organic Process Enterprises (NOPE) will compost the dinner’s food scraps, making this a zero-waste event!

Cost

$45.00*

*Includes 3-course meal and two glasses of local wine. Cash bar for additional glasses.

Capacity

36

Registration


Ellwood Thompson’s presents:
Guest name(s), if applicable
Add. Dietary Restrictions




Ellwood Thompson’s presents:
Guest name(s), if applicable
Add. Dietary Restrictions



Questions?

Call the customer service desk at 804-359-7525.

**Can’t attend but would like to donate to help grow healthy food, healthy communities and a healthy local food system?  Feel free to make a donation to Tricycle Gardens at the Customer Service desk.

Survival Guide to Stress

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When

Wednesday, August 20th / 6:00 to 7:00PM

Location

Ellwood’s Community Classroom

Instructor

Dr. Franklin Luke of River City Chiropractic Wellness

Description

Today, more than ever, we are hearing about the effect that emotional stress can have on the body.  Many people don’t understand the link between emotional stress and ulcers, heart disease, and headaches.  Similarly, emotional stress can result in nervous system imbalances and dysfunction causing chronic pain and conditions.

Learn how the body-mind interaction manifests itself as pressure on the spine. Except for major physical traumas, it is likely that almost all chronic conditions in the body occur as a result of a combination of physical, chemical, and emotional stresses upon the body.

Join us to learn powerful balancing strategies to overcome emotional stress and become healthier and happier.

Cost

FREE!   (Please RSVP)

Capacity

40

Register for class

There is limited seating for all classes and events so you must register ahead of time.

Register online for the class now.

Questions?

Call the customer service desk at 804-359-7525.

JRGBC Luncheon Series: Smart Streets, Green Streets

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When

August 20th  /  12:00 to 1:00PM

Location

Ellwood’s Community Classroom

Speaker

Andy Boneau of Timmons Group

Description

Walking and bicycling are the fundamental modes of human transport. Bicycling is the most efficient form of mobility, and arguably the most environmentally sustainable. Public agencies across the country have been investing in bicycle infrastructure to the point that bike lanes are no longer considered progressive. Bike infrastructure is now generally viewed as a vital community asset. Surveys consistently show that more people would ride bikes if they had (1) convenient and safe networks, and (2) reliable facilities at their destination.

LEED-ND offers opportunities to earn credits for bicycle networks and storage that also bring tangible benefits to the community. The lunch discussion will explore the important (and inseparable) relationship between bike accommodations inside and outside the public right-of-way.

Cost

$10 to JRGBC members / $25 to non-members

Capacity

30

Register for this JRGBC Richmond Luncheon

There is limited seating, so please register in advance.

Register online for the luncheon here.

Questions?

Call the customer service desk at 804-359-7525.

Lindy Hop Lessons

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When

Every Monday

6:30 to 7:30PM / Intermediate Monthly Series

7:30 to 8:30PM / Beginner Monthly Series

Location

Ellwood’s Community Classroom

Instructed By

Jazz Dance Education Council (JDEC)

John Ennis has been dancing since 2002 and dancing Lindy Hop since 2005. His defining characteristic is enthusiasm – he is completely convinced (and with good reason) that Lindy Hop is the culmination of human achievement. This enthusiasm is evident not only in John’s dancing, but also in his dedication to increasing his dance knowledge, to communicating that knowledge to others in the community, and to helping grow a vibrant Lindy Hop scene here in Richmond, Virginia.

Ruth Brown’s first experience with modern Lindy Hop was on her first date with John Ennis in 2010, and she’s been rapidly expanding her knowledge ever since! A true lover of Lindy Hop, Ruth is known for her eagerness to push her dancing forward, doing her best to learn as much as possible on both the social floor and in workshop environments. Among her students, Ruth is known for her kindness and her attention for detail.

Description

So exactly what is Lindy Hop you ask? Think old-timey swing dancing. Get moving and get introduced to Lindy Hop and the world of Jazz dance!  Two, 1-hour classes are offered each Monday.

The first class, taking place from 6:30 to 7:30PM, will be an intermediate level month-long series on a specific style of Lindy Hop. The class theme will rotate monthly, so there’s always something new to learn. The full list of classes offered by JDEC in the Richmond area is maintained here.

The second class, running from 7:30 to 8:30PM, will also be a month-long series on a specific style of Lindy Hop at a beginner level. The class is a great introduction to this old-timey, lively, swing dancing! You’ll progress from having no prior knowledge of Lindy Hop to the basic skill needed to enjoy social dancing at moderate tempos of swing music.  In particular, we’ll build a strong foundation on which to continue your growth as a Lindy Hopper into the future.

Are you new and just want to give it a try? New folks are welcome drop-in to this beginner series and give it a whirl! A JDEC volunteer will be happy to help and can also share with you their additional introductory options. No partner or dance experience needed, just comfortable, easy-to-move-in clothing and shoes.  But the most important thing to bring is a willingness to let go, try something new, and have fun!

Cost

6:30pm Series / $35 per month or $25 for students
7:30pm Series/ $25 per month or $20 for students

Capacity

24

Register for class

There is limited availability for both the classes and the monthly series so you must register ahead of time.

Register online for the 6:30PM monthly series here.

OR register for the 7:30PM monthly series here.

Questions?

Call the customer service desk at 804-359-7525.

The Wonder of Seeds! with Tricycle Gardens

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When

Thursday, August 14th / 6:30 to 7:30PM

Location

Ellwood’s Community Classroom

With

Sally Schwitters |Executive Director of Tricycle Gardens

Description

Join us for the third installment of our Farmer Speaker Series to discuss SEEDS – from the magic of the process from seed to plant to food, to the decline of seed diversity and the exciting work that is happening worldwide to address the decline.

Cost

FREE!

Register for class

Seats are limited, so please RSVP in advance to reserve yours.

Register online for the class HERE.

Questions?

Call the customer service desk at 804-359-7525 or email trichardson@ellwoodthompsons.com.

CancerDancer Meditation Workshop

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When

Wednesday, August 13th  /  7:30 – 8:30PM

Location

Ellwood’s Community Classroom

Description

Need some pointers on meditation? Want to start a practice? Just need to de-stress? CancerDancer, with the help of Hot House Yoga, will show you how at this workshop. Patients, caregivers, friends and family — everyone is welcome. Meditation is a great tool for recovery and healing, no matter your connection to ovarian cancer. Hot House’s instructor will guide you to a calmer place & help you establish a practice to suit your relaxation needs. Join them and receive a free gift, too!

Presented By

CancerDancer, Ellwood Thompson’s, and Hot House Yoga

Cost

FREE (Please RSVP to let us know you’re joining in!)

Capacity

30

Register for class

There is limited space for this class so we encourage you to register ahead of time.

RSVP for the workshop here.

Questions?

Call the customer service desk at 804-359-7525.