Al Roker at the Ivy Bookshop, and other healthy eating events

January 15, 2013|by Richard Gorelick

How are those resolutions going? Same here. But there's help. January is packed with events designed to promote healthy-eating habits.

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On Friday, Galen Sampson will present a workshop on healthy eating at Dogwood with Dr. Dana Simpler and nutrition consultant Karen Fick. The event will include background on the science of healthy eating, information about implementing a healthy diet, a cooking demonstration and lunch prepared by Sampson. The event is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday at Dogwood, 911 W. 36th St. The cost is $75. For information call 410-563-1700.

On Friday evening, Al Roker will appear at the Ivy Bookshop to discuss his new book "Never Goin' Back," his "inspiring, candid, and often hilarious story of self-discovery, revealing a (now slimmer) side of his life that no one knows." The Al Roker appearance is at 7 p.m. at the Ivy Bookshop, 6080 Falls Road. For information call 410-377-2966 or go to

On Saturday, chef, journalist and author Diane Kochilas will lead a master class in Greek country cooking at the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Annunciation. The event, a fundraiser for the church's women's guild, will highlight some of Kochilas' favorite recipes and culinary techniques. Tickets are $65 per person and include a tasting reception and signings of Kochilas' new book, "The Country Cooking of Greece," which will also be on sale at the event. The master class in Greek cooking with Diane Kochilas will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Jan. 19 at the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Annunciation, 24 W. Preston St. The cost is $65. Go to for more information.

On Saturday night, the Johns Hopkins Heart and Vascular Institute holds its Heartfest benefit with “heart-healthy" cuisine prepared by local restaurants including Zia’s and Tark’s Grill and musical performances by the Heart Attackers, whose band members are composed of cardiologists, a gastroenterologist, a urologist and other medical professionals. There will also be educational and interactive displays created by Johns Hopkins Heart and Vascular Institute. The event is 7:30 p.m. to midnight Jan. 19 at Martin’s Valley Mansion, 594 Cranbrook Road, Cockeysville. Tickets are $125. For information, call 410-560-0677.

On Jan. 23, The Baltimore chapter of the American Institute of Wine & Food (AIWF Baltimore) will hold a New Year's Resolution dinner at Meet 27. The menu for the event, New Year's Resolutions - Eat Healthy and Allergy Free, includes a choice of vegan, vegetarian and meat-having appetizers and entrees. All courses will be paired with Maryland wines. The event is 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Jan. 23 at Meet 27, 127 W. 27th St. Tickets are $65. For information call 410-244-0044 or go to

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