Hi, I'm Katrina!
I’m a spice-loving, garden-obsessed chef and explorer of cultures with over sixteen years in the sustainable food movement. I’ve worked on a farm, in food policy, with non-profits and government agencies in various aspects of food and agriculture. I loved it all so much that I got a Masters in Agriculture, Food, & Environmental Policy at Tufts Nutrition School. Since then I’ve been teaching cooking classes for all ages!
I have a knack for making cooking fun and approachable for people of all ages and cooking abilities. Let's get you, your partner, your friends, some kids, or your whole team together in the kitchen!
You'll learn practical ways to make healthy food taste good AND connect with those important people in your life around the stovetop and the table. Food brings people together. Let's bring this world together around the dinner table and share that thing called love.
I have a passion for food waste reduction and how to spread the good word about how it addresses issues ranging from climate change, to hunger, and our food budget. It's a win-win!
See you in the kitchen!
P.S. Et je parle le français aussi, alors n'hésitez pas à me passer un coup de fil en français si vous voulez.
Sustainability & The Empowered Kitchen
I have incorporated my passion for sustainability into my business by offering Meal Prep Classes and by teaching you how to make the most of food scraps in a variety of dishes.
March 2020 Interview with Jacques Pépin
about Food Waste: How & Why we Should Use our Food Wisely
The Power of Reusing Food Scraps
- What you think is waste might be your next meal! There are many creative ways to use the all the often castaway parts of fruits, vegetables, meats and bones that can make hearty, nutrient-rich and delicious meals!
- Food scraps make great stocks, sauces & creative dishes, even before you compost the rest.
- Katrina's classes will teach you all about how to do this!
Benefits of Cutting Back on Food Waste
- The average American family of 4 throws away $2,200 worth of food every year!
- Every day the U.S. creates enough food waste to fill the Rose Bowl Stadium at least once, and maybe twice, depending on the estimate.
- If we reduced this food waste by just 16%, we could feed every hungry person in America.
Fight Climate Change: It's Real Folks
- Methane is a greenhouse gas. Rotting food emits a lot of methane. Landfills are the second largest source of methane after - ahem - cow farts. Food waste makes up the largest part of those methane emissions.
- For the first 20 years that food is rotting, the methane is 72 times more potent as a greenhouse gas than CO2
- 19% of landfill waste is food scraps. This food waste is heavy (mostly made up of water) and is often shipped by trucks that get an average of 4-7 mpg! This represents more CO2 emissions and trashed tax dollars too.
- Every time food is thrown away, all the resources used to grow, package, distribute and store that food were wasted too. This includes water, fossil fuels, fertilizers, pesticides, packaging materials, electricity for refrigeration, and so much more.
Learn to Compost:
Food scraps make great compost!
*All statistics taken from American Wasteland: How America Throws Away Nearly Half of It's Food (and What We Can Do About It), by Jonathan Bloom