Femivore Talks and Awards Happy Hour
Come celebrate the women in our local food movement with a night of food and drinks, conversation, and competition. Three amazing women will compete for guest votes during the Happy Hour for a $1,000 award to support their locally sourced food projects built around the ideas GROW, NOURISH or INSPIRE. Who will be named the ultimate 2013 Femivore? Join us in the amazing Heurich House to find out.
Three finalists are named to compete at the Femivore Award Happy Hour Reception on Wednesday, July 24 from 6 to 9p.m. at the Heurich House Museum.
At the Femivore Award Happy Hour Reception three finalist will give mini-Ted Inspired Talks to compete for a $1,000 grant to support one of their locally sourced food projects. Competitors fall in one of three categories including, Grow, Nourish, and Inspire. Attendees will vote on the winner in a night filled with drinks, conversation, and competition. Each finalist receives a one-year Business 3.0 membership to Think Local DC and minimum of $500 cash prize. Women owned and run businesses will provide food and signature Femivore Beverage: Hamilton Gray Catering, Jack Rose Saloon, and Hello Cupcake.
Tickets for this special event are $35 per person.
GROW: Rebecca Lemos and Lola Bloom, City Blossoms
Rebecca Lemos-Otero and Lola Bloom, founded City Blossoms, which works with community-based organizations, neighborhood groups and schools to create outdoor spaces where children and youth can use their creativity, intellect, and energy to grow and maintain fantastic and functioning gardens. Transforming unused or underused land, each space and the workshops within are tailored to meet the specific needs of the community it serves, incorporating four core elements that constitute the City Blossoms brand: healthy living skills, community development, environmental education, and artistic expression. The Femivore scholarship will help fund the fall season’s ‘Open Times’ at two Community Green Spaces, where children, families and volunteers can help maintain the garden while participating in FREE garden and food related workshops.
INSPIRE: Nikki Caporale, FRESHFARMS Matching Dollars Program
Nikki Caporale has been helping shoppers with Government nutritional benefits take home nutritious, local and seasonal foods from DC area FRESHFARM Markets since August 2012. In her role as EBT Coordinator with FRESHFARM Markets she matches WIC & Senior food assistance benefits dollar for dollar, and food stamp purchases for up to $15 at her markets. The matching dollars program is a great incentive to get low-income shoppers to eat minimally processed, nutrition packed foods as opposed to chain-supermarket foods, most of which are highly processed and grown using pesticides, hormones and antibiotics that are bad for our health and the environment. The Femivore scholarship $1,000 grant would help 20 families have more fresh foods for a whole month. It would also increase sales in the farmers markets, supporting farmers who harvest healthy local food and bring it to the DC communities.
NOURISH: Bonnie Coberly, Healthy Bites
Bonnie Coberly is a Certified Health Counselor and has studied all the major dietary theories, such as macrobiotics, Ayurveda, low carbohydrate, low glycemic, raw foods and blood type diets. In 2009 she started Healthy Bites, a prepared meal delivery service that brings homemade meals that are made with local and organic ingredients directly to her clients homes. Bonnie is passionate about growing Healthy Bites as a way to provide the DC Metro area with healthier food options. The Femivore scholarship would enable Bonnie to invest further in Healthy Bites online and offline operations and distribution systems, as well as the Healthy Bites Café, a carry out café for the Healthy Bites delivery service. In addition, Bonnie is working on ways to invest in more educational services for her busy clients, including cooking classes, trips to the local farms, and healthy lifestyle workshops.
Space is extremely limited for this special event.