Natural Gourmet Institute to Celebrate Social Mission at Chelsea Soirée

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The World’s Premier Health-Supportive Culinary School to Honor Partners, Staff and Students

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"Natural Gourmet Institute is dedicated to empowering individuals and communities to take charge of their own health and well-being through a holistic relationship with food and its environment."

On Thursday night, Natural Gourmet Institute will transform their kitchens into a bustling party, celebrating partners, organizations, students and staff that make it possible for them to carry out their social mission each day.

While Natural Gourmet Institute offers traditional culinary instruction, their curriculum is unique in that it focuses on health-supportive education and includes interdisciplinary coursework in nutrition, entrepreneurship, Macrobiotics, ingredient selection, Ayurveda, cooking for people with illnesses and more. Natural Gourmet Institute is also committed to improving lives in their community as detailed in their social mission:

The social mission of Natural Gourmet Institute is to empower individuals and communities to take charge of their own health and well-being through a holistic relationship with food and its environment. By making mindful, deliberate decisions about what we consume, we promote a sustainable food system that respects the earth's resources and the people that make each meal possible. Through education, advocacy, and collaborative partnerships, we create and nurture health-supportive culinary initiatives that strengthen communities through an ongoing dialogue about eating in harmony with nature and tradition.

“We are excited to bring together the people and organizations who help us realize our social mission for this convivial gathering; it should be quite the night,” says Anthony Fassio, CEO of Natural Gourmet Institute.

Invitees include representatives from Natural Gourmet Institute’s valued partnerships such as: All-Clad, The Palette Fund, Columbia University, The Doe Fund, FamilyCook Productions, B Lab, GrowNYC, Just Food, Koppert Cress, North Shore LIJ, Lenox Hill Hospital , Park Slope Food Coop, Sea to Table, Wellness in the Schools and more.

Mitchell Davis, Executive Vice President of the James Beard Foundation, will give an honorary speech at the event.

Guests will enjoy libations from partners Brooklyn Brewery, Macari Vineyards and snacks prepared by Chef-Instructor Hideyo Yamada using locally-sourced ingredients from FarmersWeb and Cascun Farm. They will also have the chance to win prizes from Edible Manhattan, Mercer Cutlery, Dirt Candy and Natural Gourmet Institute.


About Natural Gourmet Institute

Founded in 1977 by Dr. Annemarie Colbin, Natural Gourmet Institute (NGI) is the international leader in health-supportive culinary education. Natural Gourmet Institute’s Chef's Training Program is a comprehensive and professional program that trains students to meet the growing demand for culinary professionals who are able to connect food and health. Natural Gourmet Institute also offers public intensives, hands-on instruction, demonstrations and lectures for the healthy cooking enthusiast. On Friday night, the school is transformed into an elegant dining room, where NGI’s Chef’s Training Program students and instructors prepare a three course vegetarian Friday Night Dinner that is innovative, delicious and beautifully presented.

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