PLANT-BASED COOKING IN SALEM

Interest in diet and the consumption of healthful and delicious food is widespread, but, truthfully, many folks find it difficult to translate interest into action.  A lifetime of unhealthy eating and cooking habits can be very hard to break.  As a solution to this problem, two Salem women are collaborating to offer a series of innovative cooking classes emphasizing easily prepared, plant-based, local, and seasonal dishes.  The first class, Plant Food Basics, occurred April 5. Amy Church, owner of Willamette Valley Kitchen Company and Leslie K. Curry, certified life coach and wellness educator, met each other through the Salem Chamber of Commerce’s Business Women’s group, and discovered a common interest in cooking delicious food and in helping people to make more healthful dietary choices. Church became the owner of Willamette Valley Kitchen Company (the former Carl’s Cuisine), when she purchased the business in September of 2015.  She carries on the practice of offering gourmet kitchen equipment, fine cutlery, hard-to-find gadgets, and inventive and original cooking classes.  Curry taught her first cooking class in Salem, 46 years ago, when she began her career teaching macrobiotic cooking at the Salem Cultural Center.  Her career has encompassed nutrition education, owning and running two restaurants, and working for Whole Foods, as well as a private practice in life-coaching and wellness, which make her uniquely qualified to help people make painless and positive changes...

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