Cooking for Wellness - Spring 2021 Webinar Series 

In response to the COVID-19 social distancing recommendations, we've temporarily suspended our popular Cooking for Wellness in-person classes.
    • HFHL partners with the University of Minnesota Wellbeing Program to provide the Cooking for Wellness Webinars. 
    • UPlan employees and UPlan covered spouses are eligible to receive 50 Wellbeing points for each webinar attended - up to 300 Wellbeing points. 
    • ALL are welcome - Bring your friends, family, colleagues & co-workers - No need to have a University of MN affiliation!
    • Cost: $10/webinar
    • Location: All webinars are LIVE interactive cooking demonstrations. Zoom links will be provided in advance of the webinar.
    • NEW THIS FALL! - Cooking for Wellness with Twin Cities and Midwestern chefs Amalia Moreno-Damgaard, Jamal Hashi, Mimi Selam, and Fatiah & El Ali (registration links below)

What you will learn:

Whether you are new to cooking or an accomplished cook looking for inspiration, there is something for everyone in these accessible, informative and fun webinars. Culinary nutrition educator, Robin Schow, will share tips, tricks, and recipes intended to help you incorporate more plant-derived food into your dietary pattern with a special focus will be on ways to utilize local & seasonal produce and ingredients from a well-stocked pantry. Each webinar includes an interactive cooking demonstration and will follow a specific theme, e.g., Savoring Fall Flavors, Soup-Making 101, Celebration Cooking. 

Each interactive webinar is 1.25 hours long and will include information about basic nutrition, ingredient substitution, cooking techniques, storage, cooking oils and more! 
***Recipes and a list of kitchen tools needed to make the dish will be provided before each webinar. You will also receive links to useful resources to guide you on your home cooking journey.

Cooking for Wellness Chef Series - Cooking Up Culture!

Guest Chef and Cookbook Author, Amalia Moreno Damgaard

Learn to prepare scrumptious Mayan stew bowls with traditional parings inspired by Chef Moreno-Damgaard's Guatemalan culture and customs. 
During this webinar, Amalia will share about the cultural culinary patrimony of Guatemala, personal anecdotes of traveling and cooking with indigenous cooks, and techniques and tips for preparing scrumptious stew bowls along with traditional pairings.

Amalia Moreno-Damgaard is a chef entrepreneur, graduate of Le Cordon Bleu, born and raised in Guatemala City, and nine-time award-winning author of Amalia’s Guatemalan Kitchen-Gourmet Cuisine with a Cultural Flair with a prior corporate career. This year she will publish her second book. Through Amalia’s WBENC nationally-certified woman-owned business enterprise, she helps organizations of all sizes bridge the gap and develop a broader understanding and appreciation of Latin cultural nuances using traditional, healthy gourmet cuisine as a platform for consulting and representing brands as a spokeswoman. Amalia’s passion for food, culture, and travel has taken her to cook in kitchens in all 7 continents which contribute to further enriching her culinary experiences and presentations. Amalia was recently recognized by the U.S. Small Business Administration, Women Venture, and the Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal with the Woman in Business Champion of the Year Award, the Catalyst Award, and Woman in Business Honoree, respectively. She appears regularly on Twin Cities Live and other media. Learn more:

Wednesday, March 31, 2021 - 4:45pm - 6:00 pm - Register here

Guest Chef - Jamal Hashi

Learn how to prepare a delicious meal inspired and influenced by Chef Hashi's Somali cultural traditions.

Chef Jamal has been involved in the creation of several large scale and well received projects such as Safari Express in Minneapolis, Safari Restaurant and Event Center in Minneapolis and Safari Restaurant of Harlem. Safari Restaurant and Event Center in Minneapolis continues to serve as the community hub for Somalis and other East African communities residing in Minnesota and continues to host various events (i.e political meeting, political debates, weddings, and more). Safari Restaurant of Harlem is the first Somali restaurant in New York City and was named the Best African Restaurant by New York Times and the Village Voice in 2015. Safari Express prides itself as the first African "Fast Casual" in the US.

Chef Hashi has been featured in various news outlets and articles such as CNN International, The Village Voice, New York Times, National Public RadioSerious EatsTPT Originals - Relish and many others.

Monday, April 19, 2021 - 4:45pm - 6:00 pm - Register here

Guest Chef - Mimi Selam - Easy Ethiopian/Eritrean Cooking Class with Mimi

Learn how to prepare Misir Wot and Chicken Tibs inspired and influenced by Chef Selam's cultural traditions.

Ethiopian food is light, healthy and flavorful, ranging from mild to a little spicy and from meaty to vegetarian-friendly.  It can be addictive both in cooking it as much as eating it.  Discover new cooking techniques, exotic spices, and ways to easily pair them with your daily ingredients like beans, lentils and vegetables, and meat sautéed with flavored butter, ghee and different healthy oils.

Mimi is very passionate about cooking in general and Ethiopian/Eritrean cuisine in particular.  She finds cooking very relaxing and curative beyond its culinary advantages.  She enjoys sharing her cooking skills which includes years of teaching through Community Ed programs, The Good Acre, Mall of America Cooking Classes in the Twin Cities and now nationwide & globally.  

Thursday, May 6, 2021 - 11:45am - 1:00 pm - Register here

Regional Guest Chefs - Fatiah and El Ali - Naughty Buddha Burger Bar, Omaha NE

Learn how to prepare Fresh Plant-Based comfort food inspired and influenced our chef's Portuguese & Caribbean cultural traditions.

Chef El and Fatiah have a passion for food and living a healthy zen lifestyle is what they do everyday. They bring their world travels and cultural backgrounds into the food they create. They have won many awards for their flavorful, simple cuisine which is very meaningful for them. From El and Fatiah, "The smile we get to put on your face and in your belly means even more. We cannot wait to create a few, fun flavorful meals with you."

Monday, May 17, 2021 - 11:45am - 1:00 pm - Register here

Spring 2021 Webinar Offerings:

Spring Cooking Series - Spring/Summer Soup Making 101 with Regional Ingredients

In this webinar you will learn a variety of simple ways to enjoy the peak flavors of latte autumn through making delicious and comforting soups. Learn how to make two healthful soups for simple, nutritious meals in minutes using ingredients that have been sourced from Midwestern food producers. 

Wednesday, June 2, 2021 - 4:45p - 6:00 pm - Registration Coming Soon

For questions or more information on these webinars, contact Robin Schow, Education Program Director of the Healthy Foods, Healthy Lives Institute, / 612-626-6425