Advocacy Champion!

 It is an exciting honor for Gina to be recognized as the Childhood Obesity Advocacy Champion of the month for January!

Please take a moment to read the lovely article written about Gina and her endeavors to bring healthy, seasonal, local foods to the families of our community.

Good Health Rocks....Pass It On!

We Savored the Flavor!

Vicki, Melissa and Connie (L-R) scrape the spaghetti squash at the January Cooking Class

A GIANT THANKS to all the participants that joined us for a delicious time at our January Cooking Classes as we prepared and enjoyed Spaghetti Squash with Arugula, Feta and Cannellini beans, Cauliflower Crisp, Spicy-Sweet Butternut Squash and Red Russian Kale!  

Young Chef in training Jake Perry
We have already heard so much wonderful feedback regarding these delicious and nutritious recipes being tried by all of you at home. 
  • Jessica Carter shared that when she made the Cauliflower Crisp, she forgot to steam the cauliflower, and yet it came out delish! 
  • Many of us that sampled the raw Spicy-Sweet Butternut Squash, also learned a lesson in food science....the inside of our mouths were extremely raw the following day.  If you would like to read more about this food phenomenon, and the reason for such reactions from raw butternut squash and other fruit, please click on this link for Backyard Gardening.
Ruthie & Claire toast to a year of flavor!
If you were unable to attend this month's cooking class, the Spaghetti Squash recipe has been posted in our the Recipe Box, along with an amazing Honey Beer Bread recipe I encourage you all to try!

I look forward to continuing our "Flavor Journey" with you all 
next month!

 February and March Classes are Posted!

Looking to see what's ahead?  Check our the Monthly Classes tab and you will find the dates and descriptions of our upcoming February and March Cooking Classes at CUMC including "Chocolicious II", "A Mardi Gras Mouthful", and "Pizza, Pizza"

Also in March, in case you missed it last year, our "Taste of the Mediterranean" Cooking Class is being offered at the West Cabarrus YMCA on Thursday, March 8th from 6:30-8:00pm

For more information, or to register for this program please contact the YMCA directly at 704-795-9622. This cooking class is open to all members of the community: Y-members and non-members. Tuition is $15, and child care is available.  Ciao Amici!

Jan/Feb Class Dates!

With my Dad at the December 2011 YMCA class


January CUMC Cooking Class dates and descriptions have been posted!  Please click on the Monthly Classes tab for details.  And don't forget that you can preview the year's program list by visiting the 2012 Goals/Schedule tab.

You can also follow our Bocca Felice Board on Pinterest, that posts a collection of health tips, recipes and printable pages. 

Be sure to visit our Recipe Box this month for the recipe to this scrumptious seasonal dish: Butternut Squash and Kale Gnocchi!  

(Red Russian kale and squash are from our favorite local farm: Barbee Farms! )
Happy Seasonal Eating!

Happy New Year!

"Your class was awesome as always!! You are such a wealth of information; I am trying to soak it all up. Everything was yummy as always too. My day is always a little brighter when I'm around you. I love your energy and enthusiasm. " --Heather Park

"Savor the Flavor in 2012"

How exciting to launch a new website for Bocca Felice!  As you can see, we have changed our format to incorporate a blog so that we can...
  • Post follow-up discussions from classes
  • Share seasonal recipes
  • Discuss food trend topics
  • Have more interaction with our patrons

The Kneeling Gardeners
2012 has "big things" in store for Bocca Felice, and whether you would like to be a part of our monthly CUMC classes, have your event catered with healthy, seasonal foods, or bring Bocca Felice's healthy cooking programs to your organization, we invite you to click on the menu tab that offers you the information you are seeking, and join us on our journey for a vivacious and delicious new year!