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Cook Fit | Eat Fit: Fats

  • Southern Food & Beverage Museum 1504 Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard New Orleans, LA, 70113 United States (map)

The Southern Food & Beverage Museum, Eat Fit NOLA and The University of Queensland - Ochsner Clinical School have formed a partnership to educate the public on how to address health maladies through culinary medicine and dietary practices. A team of third and fourth year medical students, a chef, and a nutrition team member from Eat Fit will offer health and culinary insights in a program filled with information on how to eat for preventative health. The programs will be held in the Rouses Culinary Innovation Center by Jenn-Air in the Southern Food & Beverage Museum on the first Saturday of every month at 2 PM.


Saturday, February 4: FATS

With Fat Tuesday just around the corner, this month seems a good a time as any to have a real discussion about fats in our diets. Once a four-letter word, new studies are coming out showing that there are many different types of fats, and many of them are actually beneficial to our health! Come learn about food fat content, the differences between animal fats and plant fats, and how everything affects you from our team of professionals. 

Medical student Nicola Rentschler will discuss the health impacts of fat on your body, and nutrition professional Andrew Adorno of Ochsner of Eat Fit NOLA will fill us in on the best way to incorporate healthy fats into your diet. Barbara Blank, owner of Clean Creations, will demonstrate how she makes one of her favorite healthy gourmet meals. 

Demonstration begins at 2 PM in the Rouses Culinary Innovation Center by Jenn-Air, samples are first come first serve. Free with museum admission.

About the Eat Fit NOLA Team

Andrew Adorno is a Dietetic Technician, Registered from New Orleans. He earned his AAS degree in nutrition and dietetics from Delgado Community College in 2015 and is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in dietetics at Nicholls State University. Andrew has been part of the Eat Fit NOLA nutrition team since August 2015 – consulting with many area restaurants and working on other various nutrition related projects. Andrew also works in the diet office at Ochsner Medical Center as a phone operator and as a formula room technician. After completing his bachelor’s degree in dietetics, Andrew plans to complete his dietetic internship to become a Registered Dietitian. He is interested in nutritional needs in microgravity and intends to pursue graduate studies in space sciences.

About the Chef

Barbara Blank is a born and raised New Orleans resident. She is a certified personal trainer, group fitness instructor, and a professional fitness competitor with a passion for health and fitness. She has been featured in several fitness magazines including Muscle and Fitness Hers, Flex Magazine, Oxygen Magazine, and she was featured on the cover of Muscle Mag in May 2012. Experienced with competition meal planning, she realized that she could apply the same principals to the everyday lifestyles of her personal training clients. Barbara began preparing perfectly portioned meals for some of her clients in her home kitchen, which eventually developed into Clean Creations. Clean Creations prepares over 2,000 meals per week with a steadily growing clientele of around 600 people. Meals are delivered twice per week to the New Orleans, Baton Rouge, and Northshore area. Her mission remains to make healthy eating convenient and delicious.


About the Medical Student

Nicola Rentschler is a 4th year medical student at the University of Queensland-Ochsner clinical school.  Hailing from the land of the Red Sox and Dunkin’ Donuts, she traded Clam chowder for Gumbo after moving to New Orleans last year. Nicola received a B.A. in Russian Studies and Economics from Wellesley College, where she was a member of the college rowing team and spent many an early morning on the river Charles.  Travel is a huge part of her life, as she loves experiencing new cultures and trying different foods. From Siberia to Australia, she has found that one of the most enjoyable ways to learn about a new country is through food.  New Orleans is no exception! Nicola is planning to go into Family Medicine upon graduation from medical school.

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Additional topics are being developed, and presenter information will be added as it is finalized. 

Earlier Event: February 2
Demonstration Lunches at SoFAB
Later Event: February 6