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Chicago Foodways: Crete: The Roots of the Mediterranean Diet

Presented by Nikki Rose

Cost: $3., Free to Kendall students and staff with ID. 

This is an "Attend-On-Your-Own" meetup.

This program is hosted by the Chicago Foodways Roundtable. To reserve, please e-mail: [masked], then leave your name and how many people in your party.

Enjoy an intriguing glimpse into Crete’s culinary heritage. The concepts of the Mediterranean Diet originated in Crete. Chef Rose, founder of the award-winning Crete’s Culinary Sanctuaries (CCS) Eco-Agritourism Network, demonstrates that Cretan cuisine is not just a diet, but is a way of life that has much to offer in our ongoing pursuit of healthy and sustainable approaches to eating. Chef Rose shares strategies for applying the celebrated concepts of Cretan cuisine wherever we live. She will share highlights of her work during this presentation. You may purchase her book here.  Proceeds from her book benefit Crete’s Culinary Sanctuaries initiatives. 

Nikki Rose is a Greek American professional chef, writer and seminar director living in Crete. She is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America and has worked in fine dining, culinary-tourism education and journalism around the world. Chef Rose has contributed to many media outlets and organizations focusing on Greek cuisine, heritage preservation and sustainable tourism. She is founder of Crete’s Culinary Sanctuaries, an award-winning program for best practices in Responsible Travel. Rose formed CCS in 1997 to help provide tangible support to residents working on action programs to protect their cultural and natural heritage. CCS organizes a range of dynamic seminars for the public and academic institutions.

Rose/CCS has received numerous awards from National Geographic, the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity, the UN-World Tourism Forum for Peace and Sustainable Development, WTTC, and is featured in National Geographic, NPR, New York Times, The Guardian (UK), France24 TV, O’Globo (Brasil), TV New Zealand, Islands Magazine Blue List, and Lonely Planet. Rose is a frequent speaker and adviser for sustainable tourism/culinary heritage projects across the globe. Her book, “Crete: The Roots of the Mediterranean Diet,” highlights over 15 years of her experience in Crete.

For more information on Nikki Rose and Crete’s Culinary Sanctuaries: [masked] and at her website:

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