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Eat Smart Cooking Class: Heart Healthy Pizza

  • Jan 13, 2013 · 2:00 PM
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VSDC is excited to continue the Eat Smart Cooking & Nutrition Series! Each class will be completely vegan and provide a food demonstration of creative and healthy yet simple-to-prepare dishes, Q&A, food sampling of the prepared items, nutrition information, and time to mingle and socialize.

[NOTE: this series is different from the Eat Smart Program that VSDC founded in 2004 but incorporates some of the key elements of that program.]


This session will take place from 2-4 pm in downtown Silver Spring MD – just about 1/2 mile from the Silver Spring Metro station (Red line). There is street parking within 1 block (should be Free on Sun but be sure to read signs carefully and follow parking instructions). 

Our presenter for this very unique presentation is Mark Sutton*.  Mark will demonstrate how to prepare delicious, healthy, and creative vegan pizzas:  shaping dough, arranging fillings, and making “cheese-like” topping sauces.  Recipes are from his book (the 1st Vegan Pizza Cookbook): “Heart Healthy Pizza.”  Autographed copies will be available for $15.

This class will include the preparation of four heart-healthy vegan pizzas (with sampling!):

CRUST: Whole Wheat and Black Beans
FILLINGS:  Kale, tomatoes, cauliflower, mixed sweet peppers, and sliced onions
CHEESE-LIKE TOPPING:  Millet, Sunflower Seed, and Chili Garlic Sauce

CRUST:  Russian Pumpernickel (with caraway seeds)
FILLINGS:  Thousand Island-style Dressing, mixed green and red cabbage, red onions, and mushrooms
CHEESE-LIKE TOPPING:  Oats, Cannellini Beans, and Horseradish Sauce

CRUST: Oat Flour (gluten-free)
FILLINGS:  8 Vegetable mix (red and green cabbages, carrots, broccoli, jicama, bell peppers, radishes and celery), Balsamic Vinegar

CRUST:  Basil Flecked White Dough
FILINGS:  Tomato sauce, vegan sausage, artichokes, onions, and black olives
CHEESE-LIKE TOPPING:  Quinoa, Sweet Potatoes, and Corn Sauce

The low fee for this class is $20 per person (for full VSDC members, we discount this fee to only $15). We have room for about 25 attendees and expect this class to fill up quickly. Please RSVP ASAP. It’s first-come, first-serve, payment will be required in advance, and no refunds will be possible. All proceeds from these classes will benefit VSDC’s important work in outreach, education, and community-building.

As you RSVP, you will receive payment info and be expected to make online payment via paypal.  If you have questions or need assistance, send a message to 'cookingclass - at- vsdc period org'

You will receive specific location and other info about 1 week before the event.


*Mark Sutton is a VSDC Life Member and has worked as the Visualizations Coordinator for two NASA Earth Satellite Missions, an interactive multimedia consultant, and organic farmer:


This class is part of VSDC's Eat Smart: Cooking & Nutrition Series of such classes that VSDC is organizing.  To become a member of VSDC and receive the discounted rate for each future class, please see    You can also join at this event. 

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Great event. Learnt a lot and ate even more... Thank you!!!

    January 13, 2013

  • VSDC

    Since the interst has been so strong for this class, we're unsure if anyone on the waitlist will clear. sorry but it's unlikely for more than 1 or 2. But we will be exploring another session in the near future... so stay tuned.

    January 8, 2013

  • Roberta

    My email says a spot opened up but I can't figure out how to take it!

    January 8, 2013

    • VSDC

      the wait list automatically allows the next person who signed up the opportunity and works its way down. the system is working properly and the interest is strong for this class!

      January 8, 2013

  • Mark S.

    Very excited about doing this demonstration/presentation of making "Heart Healthy Pizza." Been testing larger versions of my recipes in anticipation. Here's the results of last night's test, as well as messing with some new sw I'm still trying to get a handle on. This 2 minute clip is the mobile version (there's a larger computer version at my YouTube Channe).

    January 2, 2013

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