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We all know we should be eating better. If you're like me, you pack your fridge with the best you can buy: as local, organic, and healthy as is available/you can afford. Then, you come home from work starving and stare with contempt at your veggies and all too often resign yourself to the hanger gods and get takeout or make grilled cheese for the upteenth time this week. Or maybe you're new at all of this: you really want to know how to eat well but don't even know where to start. Or maybe you're a meal planning wiz and are just looking for some new ways to keep things fresh and interesting in the kitchen. This meetup is for you! We come together every other week to share recipes, food, stories, ideas, passion and to learn more about how our food choices affect our health, community, and environment. At a meetup, we'll come together at a public place. I ask that each of you bring a dish that riffs on a theme announced beforehand and a written recipe. I really encourage hand written recipes and ones that have stories and drawings. You will set up your dish with the recipe in front and take a dry erase label we'll provide to indicate if your dish is vegan, gluten free or has common allergens like tree nuts. I also ask that you bring your own dishes and utensils and whatever you'd like to drink. There will not be paper plates nor plastic utensils, we can be better than that! We'll all dig in and chat for a bit, we'll listen to a speaker if we have one, then, once everyone has had a chance to taste each dish, we'll vote! (I was told once that pot lucks weren't a competition, but I strongly disagree and try to win anyway). The top three dishes will go up on my blog http://tenderheartfarms.blogspot.com/ and may (with your permission of course) go in my cookbook I'm working on. The intention of this group and this process is manifold. For one, it is bringing together good people to share good food. We're creating a community that fosters the idea that nutrition is important. By sharing recipes via the blog, we're able to then spread all of that goodwill to our greater food community. We're aiming to educate and inspire one another to be better global citizens with every meal. I strongly believe that what we eat: where we buy it, what we buy, who we buy it from, how we prepare it, who we share it with- all of that is so powerful. We have three times a day (if we're lucky) to vote with our forks for the kind of world we want to live in and leave behind. So, let's sit together and eat our way to a better world! **If you are unable, for any reason to prepare a dish (financially, physically, etc)to share, please come anyway. There is always enough to share.**

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