Celebrate National Culinary Arts Month Posted July 6, 2018 Did you know that July is National Culinary Arts Month? This celebratory month promotes the awareness of professional cooks and chefs and their contributions to new culinary trends. At Natural Gourmet Institute we are always thrilled to celebrate the work of our student chefs, alumni, and chef instructors. Check out the many ways NGI has celebrated and continues to celebrate current and up-and-coming chefs. NGI Alumni Making a Difference – We are always proud of the groundbreaking work our alumni are doing in the culinary industry. This fall we celebrated our 40th Anniversary and honored five alumni who continue to uphold the values and the ideas of NGI, including Neal Harden, Chef de Cuisine of abcV; Diana Pappas, President, CEO of This Pie Is Nuts; Laura Pole, President, Eating for a Lifetime, Head Chef and Director of Nourishment Education Programs, Smith Center for Healing and the Arts; Elliott Prag, Chef Instructor and Curriculum Development Manager at NGI; and Marion Williams, Nutritional Chef and Program Director, NJ, at Wellness in the Schools. #PerSister – This campaign by Bullfrog & Baum occurred during Women’s History Month, and featured women in the food industry who have broken through the glass ceiling and are paving the way for future generations of women in hospitality, including NGI Chef Instructor and Career Services Manager Barbara Rich! Celebrate Mad. Sq. Chefs 2018 – This annual event gathers the best chefs and restaurants in the Flatiron neighborhood of NYC. The event on Tuesday, July 17 raises funds to support Madison Square Park’s horticulture, maintenance, and free public programs. NGI Chef Instructor Olivia Roszkowski will be making a vegetable ribbon and herb salad with fermented tea leaves, crispy shallots, and jasmine dressing along with a refreshing lime leaf muddled coconut water. Cooking Demos at Union Square Greenmarket – Every Wednesday from 11am to 1pm Chef’s Training Program students, chef assistants, and NGI Chef Instructors demo a simple, delicious recipe at the GrowNYC table at Union Square Greenmarket. A new recipe is featured each week for market shoppers to learn how to make and sample! City Flavors: A Night of Local Bites – City Flavors on Monday, July 23 is being organized by the Food Working Group of the Fund for Public Housing, which works to provide grants to NYCHA resident food entrepreneurs for space rental, supplies, marketing, equipment, insurance, and other business essentials. NGI’s President and CEO, Jonathan Cetnarski is sitting on the board organizing the event, and Chef’s Training Program students will be assisting the 20 emerging food entrepreneurs who will be providing delicious savory and sweet bites. GreenThumb’s Annual Fresh Chef Contest at the Harvest Fair – Hosted by GreenThumb, the NYC Department of Parks & Recreation’s community gardens program, this event on Saturday, September 15 celebrates the achievements on topics of urban agriculture, food justice, health, nutrition, youth, community organizing, and much more. NGI Chef Instructor Ann Nunziata will be a VIP judge in GreenThumb’s annual Fresh Chef Contest at the Harvest Fair where 10 community members will create their most delicious and nutritious dishes with local and healthy ingredients.