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Slow food for busy moms

Daily Staff ReportVail, CO Colorado

Chef Jenna Johansen has a healthy respect for the circle of life as it applies to our food supply – she understands that the source of food is just as important as how you store and cook it. Johansen, chef/owner of dish! restaurant in Edwards, will teach a cooking class on Saturday for busy new moms who want to learn the benefits of cooking with local and sustainable ingredients. The class will be held at dish! restaurant from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturday, May 5th. The cost is $15. Presented by Slow Food Vail Valley, Johansen will cover the basics of organic foods, seasonality, and will instruct students on how to prepare and store food for everyone in the family, with a specific focus on baby food. Reservations can be made by visiting eatdrinkdish.com and making a “reservation” for the class by entering the words, “baby food,” or call dish at 970-926-3433.

A Boulder native, Johansen received a degree from Colorado State in Restaurant and Resort Management. She then attended Johnson and Wales in Vail for her culinary degree. After performing a culinary internship at Zino Ristorante, Johansen worked in Italy for a year, where she learned that the nightly changing menus were determined by the seasonal ingredients available at the local markets. In 2002, she opened Denver’s Ventura Grille and then Ocotillo in 2004, as Executive Chef of both. More recently she was the Executive Chef at Great Northern Tavern in the Denver Tech Center. Along with partners Pollyanna Forster and Chris Irving, Johansen opened dish! in October, a small plates restaurant featuring different nightly menus. Slow Food U.S.A. is a non-profit educational organization dedicated to supporting and celebrating the food traditions of North America. For more information on the Slow Food Vail Valley convivium, please contact Ebby Pinson at ebbypinson@mac.com or Deb Luginbuhl at luginbuhld@aol.com.


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