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November 2021:
Food + Wine

As a natural fit to the start of the holiday season, November easily lends itself to a celebration of all things food and wine! It is the centerpiece of why we gather with friends and loved ones, and allows us to share old memories, create new ones, and laugh and reminisce in between. This month we will spotlight amazing wineries and talented Chefs, all while being grateful of the togetherness food and wine always promises.  

Explore our full schedule of exciting and educational events at The Lodge at Woodloch, featuring inspirational and motivational guest speakers, available to elevate your consciousness and personal awareness.

Erica Wides, Chef and Writer
November 5th - 7th
Erica Wides is a chef, writer, actor and media host from Brooklyn, NY.  She is the creator and host of Funny People Making Food, a food-comedy mashup webseries, and Let’s Get Real; the cooking show about finding, preparing and eating FOOD on the Heritage Radio Network. She is also a former columnist for the Huffington Post and NuMi, and has appeared on The Dr. Oz Show, the Food Network’s Top 5 and Chopped, Home Shopping Network, PBS, Sirius Radio, NPR, and in 2013 was a speaker at TedX Berkeley. 

She’s been in the food business for over 25 years, working in New York’s finest restaurants, including Arcadia, Zoe, Savoy and the China Grill, and as a Senior Chef-Instructor at The Institute of Culinary Education for 15 years. She is currently on the faculty of Home Cooking New York, a boutique cooking school in Soho, NYC.  Erica is the owner of Chefsmartypants LLC, a food consultancy developing products, menus and concepts for clients from idea to opening. She is also a commercial and voiceover actor and print model.

Jennifer Clair, Culinary Instructor
November 12th
Jennifer Clair is a culinary instructor and the founder of Home Cooking New York, a recreational cooking school in New York City, now offering virtual cooking classes to anyone, anywhere. Before launching the school in 2002, she honed her editorial chops as the former Food Editor at Martha Stewart Living and Recipes Editor at The Wall Street Journal. She is the author of Six Basic Cooking Techniques: Culinary Essentials for the Home Cook (March 2018), a cookbook based on the best-selling class at the school, and is the host of the cooking podcast, "Kitchen Radio." In addition to teaching, she is a board member of Fareground, a women-run anti-hunger organization, devoted to increasing access to healthy foods to Hudson Valley residents and families. She lives in Beacon, NY with her family.

Friday, November 12th
Cleansing Your Grocery List: How to Choose the Cleanest Ingredients in the Supermarket  
This food seminar/lunch-and-learn lecture is designed to give you all the information you need to make the best food choices at the supermarket. Before you cook a meal, you must go grocery shopping, so this is where the most valuable food education begins. The modern supermarket is stocked with an overwhelming array of choices, so this seminar is the first step to making the best food choices in all the departments: produce, dairy, meat, eggs, cooking oils, and packaged foods. This is NOT a class about calorie-counting or low-fat foods. A good food education goes well beyond that. Today’s well-informed food shoppers and cooks know that keywords like local, organic, sustainable, grass-fed, humanely-raised, wild, GMO, and extra-virgin all tell a much clearer story about the food we eat than its packaging. A robust Q&A is included, so everyone’s burning questions will be answered.

Jonathan Deutsch, Ph.D., CHE, CRC, Chef in Residence

November 19th - 21st
Jonathan Deutsch, Ph.D., CHE, CRC is Professor in the Department of Food and Hospitality Management in the College of Nursing and Health Professions at Drexel University and Director of the Drexel Food Lab. He is the President of the Upcycled Food Foundation and previously was the inaugural James Beard Foundation Impact Fellow, leading a national curriculum effort on food waste reduction for chefs and culinary educators. He was named a Food Waste Warrior by Foodtank. Before moving to Drexel, Deutsch built the culinary arts program at Kingsborough Community College, City University of New York (CUNY) and the Ph.D. concentration in food studies at the CUNY Graduate Center and School of Public Health. At Drexel, he directs the Drexel Food Lab, a culinary innovation and food product research and development lab focused on solving real world food system problems in the areas of sustainability, health promotion, and inclusive dining. He is the co-author or -editor of eight books including Barbecue: A Global History (with Megan Elias), Culinary Improvisation, and The Anti-Inflammatory Family Cookbook, and numerous articles in journals of food studies, public health and hospitality education. He earned his Ph.D. in Food Studies and Food Management from New York University (2004), his culinary degree from the Culinary Institute of America (AOS, Culinary Arts, 1997), and is an alumnus of Drexel University (BS, Hospitality Management, 1999). A classically trained chef, Deutsch worked in a variety of settings including product development, small luxury inns and restaurants. When not in the kitchen, he can be found behind his tuba.

Month-Long Features

Paint and Sip! ($)
In honor of Wine Appreciation month you will create a beautifully painted glass wine goblet and cork trivet.  Your instructor will walk you through the steps of creating a colorful mermaid tail on your wine goblet and choosing colors that play with your own personalized style for decorating your cork trivet!  Enjoy this fun-filled class for beginners with a glass of wine in hand! Guests must be 21 or older. Cost is $20 per person.

Vitamin N Walk
There are many health benefits to spending time in nature. Join our Naturalist Josh on this easy walk through the various trails surrounding The Lodge at Woodloch. He will discuss some of the ways we can take in Nature (Vitamin N) in our daily lives.

What’s My Dosha?
Come learn the basics about doshas from the Indian medical system of Ayurveda! We will take a test to identify your particular doshas and learn how to use the dosha system to help you gain more balance in your everyday life.