Time at the Table Presents the Family Dinner Conference in NYC, Thursday, April 18; Join the Conversation

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A one-day conference to discuss the positives and struggles of family dinner. Kicking off the conference is Jenny Rosenstrach from Dinner a Love Story, continuing the conversation with speakers such as Aviva Goldfarb of Six O'clock Scramble and Pam Koch, Executive Director for the Center for Food & Environment at Teachers College Columbia University on behalf of the Monday Campaigns and closing remarks from Jennifer Grossman of the Dole Nutrition Institute.

We wanted to create a venue and opportunity for parents, professionals and family dinner enthusiasts to join together in conversation.

Billy Mawhiney, Founder of Time at the Table, is proud to present the first ever Family Dinner Conference. The Family Dinner Conference is a one day conference held on the campus on New York University at the Kimmel Center. “We wanted to create a venue and opportunity for parents, professionals and family dinner enthusiasts to join together in conversation,” says Billy Mawhiney, Time at the Table founder. “Our hope is simply to gather folks to discuss the positives and struggles of family dinner with the promise of sparks to take back to their communities.”

Time at the Table is a nonprofit focused on reconnecting families around the dinner table through information and resources. Time at the Table will also be launched their Kitchen Kids Curriculum at the conference, a free resource guide for groups, organizations and schools to being teaching kitchen programs in their communities. For more information visit http://www.timeatthetable.org.

The Conference fee is $100 for participants and $250 for family oriented businesses. For conference details please visit http://www.familydinnerconference.com.

Aviva Goldfarb says, "In my own home and in my work as a family dinner expert, I have seen what a powerful impact the simple act of eating dinner together can have on kids' emotional and physical health and family relationships. We look forward to giving families all the tools they need to make family dinners less stressful and more healthful, so families can more easily connect with each other around the family dinner table over nourishing dinners."

“While any day of the week is a great time to cook together, families doing so on Mondays starts the week off on the right foot. Kids will enjoy and look forward to their family dinner if they know it’s a weekly gathering, if they are involved in some aspect of shopping for dinner, helping to cook it and then seeing the eating as a very positive family time,” says Pam Koch, EdD, RD, Executive Director for the Center for Food & Environment at Teachers College Columbia University

The Conference Schedule is as follows:

9:30 am - Breakfast featuring Jenny Rosenstrach, Dinner: A Love Story

10:45 am - Discussion Session I (Each session 30 minutes)

Dinnertime Unscrambled - Aviva Goldfarb of The Six O'Clock Scramble
Feeding Your Family Well on the Busiest of Days Eila Johnson of Meals in a Snap
Make Family Night a Weekly Ritual -Pam Koch in association with Kids Cook Monday

12:30 pm - Lunch featuring Blog for Family Dinner Panel Discussion

1:30 pm - Discussion Session II (Each Session 30 minutes)

Latest Research on Benefits of Family Dinner and Best Strategies for Success at Home - Dr. Grace Freedman of EatDinner.org
Raising Healthy Eaters without Making Yourself or Your Kids Crazy - Dr. Kathleen Cuneo of Dinner Together
Falling on the Mountaintop: Setting Goals for Family Dinner - Brianne DeRosa of Red, Round or Green

3:15 pm - Networking Smoothie Bar

4:15 pm - Closing Remarks from Jennifer Grossman, Dole Nutrition Institute

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