Is your neighborhood heavy on fast food chains and liquor stores and light on fresh fruit and vegetables? What makes it hard for you to purchase and prepare nutritious food? What makes it easier? Is it difficult to find stores selling healthy food, or are fruit and vegetables too expensive? Do you have little time to cook—or don’t know how? And, is there more to cooking than nutrition?
You want your kids—and the whole family—to be healthy. Culinary traditions have deep cultural ties. Cooking meals together feeds many types of hunger. When you eat together, you connect with your family, friends, and community and enrich life in many ways.
Long Beach Eats! The Opposite of Fast Food explores the relationship between food, family, community, and culture—and features cooking demonstrations and delicious tastings by accomplished Thai and Mexican chefs (each also a successful business owner!). Even if it takes time, cooking and eating together is a dying art that pays off in multiple ways.
This event also brings together community gardens, farmers markets, food justice organizations, and other Long Beach resources for healthy living. You might even learn how to sell your own goods at farmers markets!
Hosted by award-winning journalist Maria Hinojosa and featuring guest chefs Su-Mei Yu of KPBS’ Savor San Diego cooking show and Saffron San Diego restaurants and Carolina Santos of Tamales Oaxaqueño in Oakland. Together we’ll explore the opportunities and challenges of eating well in Long Beach!
And check out our Healthy Food Map created by the YMCA Youth Institute!
Hosted & Partnered by YMCA of Greater Long Beach, Community Development Branch
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The Futuro Media Group
The Futuro Media Group is an independent non-profit media organization dedicated to producing multimedia journalism that explores and gives critical voice to the diversity of the American experience. It was founded in 2010 by award-winning journalist Maria Hinojosa. Based in Harlem, The Futuro is committed to sharing stories often overlooked by mainstream news media.