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Garden Fresh Foodie offers Healthy Cooking Classes

If you’re into healthy eating for all of the right reasons, then there is a gal about town that you need to get to know. Her name is Jessica Meyers Altman, and she’s considered one of the top plant-based diet activists/experts in the area. 

“Eating a diet full of plants provides me with tons of energy,” said Jessica. “By changing my diet I have quieted an autoimmune condition and rid myself completely of migraines. I’ve seen my husband’s cholesterol drop, and my mother get off of her blood pressure medications and reverse her progression of kidney disease.  Eating a diet full of whole food plants is a way of life that combats obesity, diabetes, heart disease and prevents a whole host of inflammatory diseases. To quote Hippocrates, Let food be thy medicine, and thy medicine be thy food”. I see my role as helping people take that advise and make it a reality in their own kitchens.

Interested in Healthy Cooking Classes for yourself, friend, or loved one? Contact me! Jessica makes visits to  offices, homes, or even gyms.

Jessica is the author and photographer of Garden Fresh Foodie – a very professional food website that is chock full of incredible healthy eating directives. Being a certified plant-based chef, Jessica is able to show people the ins and outs of eating a plant based diet, while retaining the health and energy that they need to live active lifestyles. Now Jessica is embarking on a series of healthy cooking classes that should prove to be the perfect remedy for anyone looking to improve the way they eat.


Jessica, the author, creator, and photographer of Garden Fresh Foodie! I’m a certified plant-based chef, and have a certification in plant-based nutrition. I am a passionate educator, and have taught science, community gardening, and food education for the last 17 years. I now combine my passion for cooking & gardening with my passion for teaching healthy cooking classes in Buffalo, NY.

Below are a number of opportunities to catch Jessica, as she embarks upon her series of Healthy Cooking Classes:

World on Your Plate: Join me and other inspiring speakers at Daemen College for a weekend of programming on the connection between your food and the environment.

When: October 7-8-I speak on Saturday at 10:45 am Keynote speakers include Frances Moore Lappe who wrote Diet For a Small Planet, and Matthew Goldfarb talking about “Resilient Seeds in a Changing Climate” as well as farm to market.

Where: Daemen College, Main St. Amherst NY 14226

For Registration click here

Healthy Cooking Series at the Newman Center at UB: 495 Skinnersville Rd. Amherst, NY 14228 716 636-7495. All classes take place from 630-8pm Thursdays and cost $30, portion goes towards the Newman Center (see dates below). Payments can be made by check to Garden Fresh Foodie 5462 Sheridan Drive Williamsville, NY 14221. On-line payments have a $1 convenience fee.

  • October 13: Plant-Based Nutrition and The Prevention of Disease Talk at the Newman Center by UB on Skinnersville 630-8-Free & Open to Public. RSVP required
  • November 3: Cooking the Harvest:Prepare in-season soups, salads, and healthy dessert: we’ll be making a butternut squash soup, massaged kale salad topped with a harvest buckwheat salad, and cinnamon apple parfaits for dessert.
  • December 1: Healthy Holiday Ideas: Beat the sugar and processed foods, and bring healthy, vibrant dishes to the holiday party! We’ll be making cashew “cream” balsamic stuffed dates, baked sweet potato latkes, and a quinoa confetti salad with pomegranates.
  • January 5: Reboot with Winter Veggies-it’s time to leave behind overindulgence and get back on track with in-season veggies. We’ll be making a healthy potato leek soup, arugula salad with citrus, roasted beets and lentils, and chocolate dipped oranges.

***For all cooking classes students will prepare & sample 3 dishes using in-season produce. Pre-registration and payment is required.

Click here to register for 1, 2, 3, or all 4 of the programs.

Serious Side of Food Book Series at the Buffalo Museum of Science!! This program is FREE!!! Contact Betsy Vasquez to register 896-5200 x345. You may purchase or borrow the books through the museum or library that we will be reading.

Books: Food Politics by Marion Nestle, The Jungle by Upton Sinclair, The Third Plate by Dan Barber, and by In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan

Dates: October 5, 19, November 2, 16* (final class is 2 hours, as class will be cooking!)

Time: 5-6:30 pm*

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