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Fall Food Series: Plant-Based Eating

Schedule and location

10:00 a.m. to noon
Location varies

  • Section A: Saturday, October 19: Plant-based Nutrition 101, Cudahy Room, Administration Building (sold out)
  • Section B: Saturday, October 26: The Power of Plant Protein, Saturday, Cudahy Room, Administration Building (sold out)
  • Section C: Saturday, November 2: Plant-based Eating for People on the Go, Cudahy Room, Administration Building (sold out)
  • Section D: Saturday, November 9: Meatless Monday: The Difference a Day Can Make, Sycamore Room, Visitor Center

Fees and Registration

$29.00 member
$34.00 nonmember
(Fees include admission to the Arboretum)
BY PHONE: 630-719-2468 ( Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.)

Course description

What is plant-based eating? Come find out!  In this four-week series, nutrition experts will explore the benefits of focusing on plants, share nutritious recipes that are satisfyingly delicious, and guide you through easy ways to incorporate more plant-based meals into your diet. Each week, you get to watch cooking demonstrations, taste samples, or get hands-on and prepare a recipe to take home with you! 

October 19: Plant-based Nutrition 101 (sold out)

What is a plant-based diet? What are the health benefits? How can I incorporated plant-based eating into my day to day? Dr. Steven Lome shares how food choices affect our health, and how a plant-based diet can prevent and reverse common health problems such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and more. Learn about his personal journey in traditional medicine and how shifting to a plant-based diet changed his life and his practice. Taste sample recipes that you can make at home.

Instructor: Dr. Steven Lome, DO, RPVI, RVT

October 26: The Power of Plant Protein (sold out)

In this hands-on workshop, discover the benefits of consuming plant protein as part of a healthy diet, and the ease of incorporating vegetable protein into weekly meals.  Learn how a plant-centered diet can contribute to heart health, weight control, and diabetes risk reduction.  We will investigate key sources of plant protein, specifically, lentils- often overlooked but have a stellar nutritional profile and affordability. 

On the menu:  Lentil Portobello Marinara on Polenta and Quinoa Salad with Corn and Edamame

Taste samples and prepare a salad to take home with you!

Instructor: Lynn Dugan, registered dietician nutritionist and chef

November 2: Plant-Based Eating for People on the Go (sold out)

Transform your health with plant-based eating made easy!  In this evidence-based, hands-on workshop, enjoy samples of plant-based cheeses and milks and prepare two recipes to take home with you. Learn how you can survive and thrive on a plant-based diet, no matter how busy life gets. Wellness consultant and Food for Life instructor Betsy Bruns will share meal-planning  tips and simple but satisfying recipes so you can easily incorporate plant-based meals into your daily routine. Please bring the following supplies to this class:

  • 1 small cutting board
  • 1 chef knife
  • 1  medium mixing bowl
  • ¼ cup and ½ cup measuring cups
  • Measuring spoons
  • 2 cup capacity to go container


Live your most delicious life in the most efficient, economic and pleasurable way possible!

Instructor: Betsy Bruns, certified health coach

November 9: Meatless Mondays: The Difference a Day Can Make (space available)

Have you heard about the Meatless Monday campaign being embraced by people around the world?  Find out why many Americans are now switching to plant-based ingredients in their diets for their personal health and the health of the planet.  Evey Schweig Health Coach, will discuss the health and environmental benefits that a few simple meal changes can make, even if its just once a week.  You’ll sample delicious vegetarian dishes with simple recipes for you to try at home. Examples from Evey's kitchen include Spiced Quinoa and Cauliflower-Rice Bowl, Lentil Soup with Krispy Kale, Sweet Potato Coconut Soup, Black Rice Stir-fry, and more. Yum!

Instructor: Evey Schweig, certified health coach

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Notes: Held indoors. Ages 16+. Limit 45 per week. 

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