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Partner Spotlight: Chef Laurent

Partner Spotlight: Chef Laurent

The Kitchen is always a little bit warmer when Chef Laurent is in it—and not just because of the delicious food he’s cooking. Laurent Zirotti is simply—and affectionately—known as “Chef Laurent” around Second Harvest. You’d never know he is a James Beard Award nominee, one of the most prestigious awards in the culinary world, from the way he bounces around The Kitchen talking to class participants as if they were guests in his home for dinner. But...

Partner Spotlight: Flour Farm

Partner Spotlight: Flour Farm

Dave DuPree and Teri Delany brought some flour power to The Kitchen at Second Harvest—gluten-free flour, that is. Dave and Teri own and operate Flour Farm, an organic, gluten-free flour company started in Spokane. Now, they’re sharing their knowledge of how to use the flour with people in The Kitchen. During a free cooking class at Second Harvest on February 5th, Teri led participants through chicken stew, dumplings and magic bars—all made with their gluten-free flour. &...

Matters of the Heart: Second Harvest's Dietitian on Food and Heart Health

Matters of the Heart: Second Harvest's Dietitian on Food and Heart Health

By Emily Franko February is American Heart Month, so I sat down with Mindy Wallis, Nutrition Education Manager and registered dietitian at Second Harvest, to talk about how the food we eat impacts our heart health. EF: What role does food play in heart health? MW: Our food choices that we make play a really large role in our overall heart health. There’s some factors that we don’t have any control over – age, gender, genetics, things like that. But certain f...

Feeding Hope: Jamie's Story

Feeding Hope: Jamie's Story

Jamie thought cooking was going to be complicated—until she began coming to Second Harvest’s Community Classes in The Kitchen.  Jamie’s mom Christine wanted to find an activity that she and Jamie could do together, and the free cooking classes seemed like the perfect opportunity.  Eighteen-year-old Jamie’s first class in The Kitchen was taught by Chef Laurent, a French chef and restaurant owner who volunteers his time to teach Second Harvest cooking class...

Feeding Hope: RC's Story

Feeding Hope: RC's Story

“Do you know how difficult it is to find a cooking teacher?” RC leaned across the table in Second Harvest’s Volunteer Center, where he waited to be led back to The Kitchen for a cooking class.  He knows that learning how to cook is key to improving his health. As you might expect of a former Hollywood background actor, RC is outgoing and confident.  He’ll gladly share his Jack Nicholson impression (very accurate!) with you and tell you about the stars...

Happy Earth Day! Celebrating Earth's Abundance

Happy Earth Day! Celebrating Earth's Abundance

Happy Earth Day!  April 22nd was Earth Day, so let’s celebrate our relationship with the Earth!  A major way we interact with Earth is through the food we eat.  Earth offers us an abundance of delicious foods—namely, grains, legumes, fruits, and vegetables. Grains Earth provides us with an enormous variety of grains to eat: wheat, rice, oats, barley, quinoa, millet, farro, amaranth, wheat berries… There are too many to choose from!  Grains can keep...

Reduce your food waste at home and at the store

Reduce your food waste at home and at the store

April is Earth Month, and one of the ways we're celebrating it at Second Harvest is by thinking about ways to reduce our food waste. Up to 40 percent of food in the United States goes uneaten, according to the Natural Resources Defense Council. That's an average of 400 pounds of food per person each year. It's expensive, and when so many people are hungry, it's a waste of valuable resources. Growing, processing, transporting, and disposing that uneaten food has an annual estim...

Larger kitchen lets Second Harvest expand services

Larger kitchen lets Second Harvest expand services

By Amy Edelen The Second Harvest Kitchen recently completed an expansion of its in-house kitchen to provide more space for cooking classes, demonstrations and community gatherings. Increased demand from individuals for nutritional education and scratch cooking classes fueled the need for a kitchen overhaul, said Julie Humphreys, community relations manager at Second Harvest. The 457-square-foot expansion – which includes construction of a multipurpose room to house a commun...