Photo by Valentine Iamartino, NOW board member.

POMFRET — Who doesn’t love learning, food and fun?
Northeast Opportunities for Wellness (NOW) recently partnered with Chef Ian of Grill 37 to host a Free Family Dinner & Healthy Cooking Exposition powered by the Putnam Area Foundation.
The evening began with a complimentary family dinner followed by a cooking demonstration and question and answer segment for adults with Chef Ian.
While parents were learning how to use an entire chicken for multiple different meals, children ages 2 – 14 worked with the NOW staff and volunteers building baked stuffed apples and veggie pizzas. More than 40 attended.
After dinner, one family won the door prize, a brand-new Crockpot.
All of the families left with a $25 gift card to buy the ingredients needed to replicate the healthy family-friendly dinners that Chef Ian demonstrated.
 Families were also given a healthy recipe packet and educational materials regarding childhood nutrition, health, and wellness.
NOW Executive Director Tayler Shea said: “Children and families were given a unique opportunity at this clinic to form bonds with other families over a delicious dinner, learn new healthy cooking habits, and head home with the resources needed to begin implementing these healthy habits. I am beyond grateful for Chef Ian of Grill 37 for donating his time and knowledge while welcoming all of the families into his restaurant and the Putnam Area Foundation for funding this event and making it possible.”
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