Suppers Partners with NOFA-NJ to Bring Day-Long "Sourcing Health Locally" Event to Princeton, NJ (September 2017)
A sold-out room of 150 people gathered on Sunday, September 10 at the Suzanne Patterson Building to listen to health practitioners and farmers collaboratively examine key questions that are relevant to both health care and agricultural practices. A letter to Town Topics from a local doctor who attended the event underscores its success: "... what we eat and how our food is raised matters as much (if not more) to our health as having a top-notch health care system. What an ingenious idea to bring farmers and physicians together to address our most stubborn health issues... I would like to express my gratitude to our hosts for creating this inspired forum..."
Suppers Hires Director of Operations (September 2017)
Suppers is thrilled to announce the hiring of Catharine Vaucher as its first-ever Director of Operations. With twelve years of successful programming and a track record of positive heath turnarounds, the demand for Suppers’ programs has steadily increased. The Board of Trustees sought a Director of Operations to translate its mission into expansion opportunities, address growth challenges and manage the day-to-day operations. Click here to see Catharine's bio.
Spring Vegan Cleanse Begins (April 2017)
In the spring of 2017, Macrobiotic Suppers facilitator Pat Palmer (pictured above) and Dor Mullen organized a seven-day vegan cleanse. This video (separated into Part 1 and Part 2) is the introductory description of the cleanse given at the Whole Earth Center in Princeton. Instead of fasting, this cleanse was about eating only raw vegetables and fruits for up to a week. Participants get delicious nutriments throughout the day, including juices, smoothies and salads. A supporting web site and moderated Facebook group were used in the first sponsored cleanse, and are still available to those who would like to try this type of cleanse in the future. This talk provided details about:
- which vegetables may be difficult to digest in raw form (some may surprise you!)
- how to prepare
- sample menus
- possible effects (easy and otherwise)
- variations for people with special concerns or intolerances, and
- how to get and share support with others during the experiment.
Masala Suppers Launches (February 2017)
This new Suppers group is made up mostly of American and European women who love Indian food and Indian women who enjoy sharing what they know. At each meeting someone will demonstrate a preparation -- either Indian or American fare. Suppers uses exclusively unprocessed food in our meals. There is no wheat or sugar, only fresh, mostly organic vegetables and some locally sourced protein for those who want eggs or meat.
Taste of Suppers at the Princeton Public Library Features Speakers on Blood Sugar and Diabetes (December, 2016)
Delicious solutions to managing blood sugar, that was the theme of Suppers' largest event this year, the fifth annual Taste of Suppers at the Princeton Public Library. Dr. Maria (Adi) Benito-Herrero presented on how to preserve function at every stage of diabetes. Two Suppers members, Karen Rose Tank and Janet Zondag, shared with great candor and humor their journeys with diabetes and food. Twenty volunteer cooks -– mostly Suppers facilitators –- filled our plates with the food that provides delicious solutions to managing your blood sugar, ranging from raw vegan to Paleo fare.
Dor Presents at the AAPMD's Annual Airway Summit (September 2016)
What's new at Suppers is collaboration! Dor Mullen, Suppers Founder, was invited to speak at the annual conference of the American Academy of Physiological Medicine and Dentistry in Tucson, Arizona. She had to do a crash course in "airway health" -- which involves everything patients, doctors and dentists need to do to keep us breathing optimally. You might wonder what that has to do with Suppers. Interestingly, whenever you see children with ADHD that's driven by poor breathing, or adults with apnea, or anyone who experiences obstructed breathing for any reason, they almost always end up addicted to carbohydrates! Hence the invitation to Dor to talk about how Suppers supports behavior change, especially around eating. Suppers shared space with its friends, Jacqui Bishop and Lisa Feiner, founders of Sharp Again Naturally (pictured below with Dor). SAN provides educational materials for our Suppers meeting focused on brain health.
The Institute for Responsible Nutrition Praises Suppers for its Simple but Profound Approach to Reversing Diet-Related Disease (March 2015)
In his blog post, "What If There Was A Way To Reverse Diet-Related Disease?", Wolfram Alderson, Executive Director of The Institute for Responsible Nutrition (IRN), remarks that Suppers is "the best program I have ever seen, that really gets to the heart of the matter." He highlights Suppers' approach of "applied science, fun, and community" and further states, "I am personally familiar with several commercial programs that try to get similar results, but charge thousands of dollars, and result in limited and short-term impacts." Click here to read the full blog.
Taste of Suppers at the Princeton Public Library Draws a Record Crowd for "Food Immunity" Panel (December, 2015)
Dor Mullen, Suppers Founder, and her accomplice, Chef Allie O'Brien, have come together to welcome you to virtual Suppers meetings through a blog, The Purple Apron. Here you'll find inspiring stories plus recipes, cooking instructions and beautiful photos to go along with them. Members will be sharing their experiments on finding the right or wrong foods for them. You, too, can pass along to us your stories of success, failure, and kitchen dreams and nightmares.
Press Release (November 2015)
Central Jersey's Suppers Programs: Just What the Doctor Ordered: Program Wins Award from American Diabetes Association, Survey Reveals Participants Follow Healthier Lifestyles
PRINCETON, NJ -- As the nation becomes increasingly focused on healthy lifestyles, hundreds of people in Central New Jersey are living healthier lives, thanks to The Suppers Programs, a grassroots organization promoting healthy cooking... Read full press release.
Suppers is Recognized by the Institute for Responsible Nutrition (October 2015)
The Institute for Responsible Nutrition (IRN) calls out Suppers as an example of "solving for food system change." They continue: "There are various models for creating food system change –- business models, organizational models, academic models, etc. The Suppers Programs champions the community model –- eschewing approaches that monetize change." Read more on IRN's web site.
Suppers Announces Results from its Member Survey (September, 2015)
From its first-ever member survey, Suppers was pleased to learn that its mission and priciples are resonating with members, as more than two-thirds of respondents said they joined the program to improve overall health through learning to cook within a non-judgmental and supportive environment. To learn more about what Suppers members reported in this study, see our Special Edition newsletter that details its findings.