SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. — Saratoga Performing Arts Center recently announced a new [email protected] series titled Food as Medicine to begin in early 2023.
The event series will feature culinary tastings and drinks alongside insightful conversations with experts, physicians and writers discussing how food, lifestyle and wellness practices can support longevity, help to prevent disease and manage chronic health conditions.
Kicking off the new initiative is Brain Health Kitchen with Dr. Annie Fenn in conversation with WAMC’s Joe Donahue on Jan. 27, followed by Plants First with Dr. Katie Takayasu on March 25. The series will take place from 6 to 8:30 p.m. in the Nancy DiCresce Room at The Pines at Saratoga Performing Arts Center.
“As we approach the new year and the season of resolutions, exploring the link between food and health makes for a particularly timely topic,” Saratoga Performing Arts Center president and CEO Elizabeth Sobol said ina press release. “Both Dr. Annie Fenn and Dr. Katie Takayasu are fascinating speakers who integrate science and medicine into their culinary and wellness practices, making for an accessible, motivating and delicious way to start 2023.”
Preceding the conversations, guests can enjoy mocktails, wine and beer along with bites like cod pancakes, crispy cauliflower tacos, salmon with avocado butter, brown rice paella with shrimp and artichokes, and almond butter tahini blondies from Brain Health Kitchen and tastings such as coriander and flax roasted eggplant, almond furikake crusted halibut with coconut lime cream, and extra dark chocolate avocado mousse from Plants First: A Physician’s Guide to Wellness Through a Plant-Forward Diet. Menus may change according to market availability.
Beyond its amphitheater stage, SPAC has become a year-round gathering place celebrating the artistry of food in building community while empowering individuals to understand how what we eat influences communities and the planet.
The [email protected] initiative, founded in 2020, aims to combine culinary excellence and education with exquisite food that emphasizes socially conscious cultivation and consumption, local procurement and fair wages.
Most recently, [email protected] hosted “The Miracle of Salt with Naomi Duguid” featuring culinary tastings and conversation as part of Duguid’s international book tour.
[email protected]: Food as Medicine is produced by Kim Klopstock of Lily and the Rose and Pam Abrams. Additional support is provided by The Savory Pantry, a local artisan food gift and cookbook purveyor.
Tickets to attend Brain Health Kitchen with Dr. Annie Fenn are $75 and include drinks (mocktails, wine and beer) and tastings along with admission to the conversation. Seating is on a first come basis.
Attendees can also purchase copies of Brain Health Kitchen at a specially discounted price of $30 ($35 retail). A book signing with the author will immediately follow the discussion.
Tickets to Plants First with Dr. Katie Takayasu will be on sale at a later date.
More information about [email protected] is available online at spac.org.