Great food has always been a staple in Detroit.  However, it’s easy to forget what happens to the food we don’t finish or don’t use, whether it be when out to eat or when cooking at home. According to the USDA, 30-40% of the food we produce in the United States is wasted.  This waste has lasting effects on our environment, our resources, and our wallets.

However, there are groups and services around the country that are dedicating their time to try to make a social, environmental, and economic impact by reducing food waste and encouraging others to do the same. We are so lucky that one of these groups is going to be hosting a fun event right here in Eastern Market to teach others efficient and practical ways to reduce the amount of food they waste!

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On September 30th, an all-volunteer team will be hosting a free event that runs from 10 am to 4 pm at Eastern Market’s Shed 5. Make Food Not Waste—A Community Feast will feature chef demos and presentations that will aim to educate attendees on how to create more delicious, economical, and environmentally friendly meals.  The event will also feature tasty dishes created by chefs using food ingredients that would otherwise go to waste.  The event’s chefs will include Andy Hollyday from Selden Standard, Edrique Goudla from Gabriel Hall, James Rigato from Mabel Gray, “Chopped” and “Hell’s Kitchen contestant” Hassan Musselmani from The Drunken Rooster, Phil Jones of City Food Community Concepts and Ms. Ruth’s Catering and Ben Hall from the Russell Street Deli. Chef Hall will also be doing a book signing of a new James Beard Foundation cookbook.

There will plenty to see and do at this event. The Detroit Food Policy Council will be hosting its Food Power Awards at 1 pm. Also, there will be hands-on activities and presentations by experts from Wayne State University’s Detroit Feedback Loop, the James Beard Foundation, Michigan State University, the Detroit Food Policy Council, Detroit Public Schools, and the World Wildlife Fund.

The event is being supported by the generosity of companies and organizations including Kroger, Eastern Market Corporation, Skidmore Studio, edible WOW, Dart Container Corporation, Cherry Capital Foods, Midtown Composting, Detroit School of Rock and Pop, Unlimited Recycling, and Hungry Harvest.

Make Food Not Waste—A Community Feast aims to help reduce our environmental footprint one plate a time. We hope you can make it to this amazing and impactful event!

Please visit makefoodnotwaste.com for more information. 

 

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