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"Stirring the Pot' chef demonstrations, food sampling series begins Sunday
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MONROE - Celebrate local food with the first of a three-part series of free local food events at 4:30 p.m. Sunday at the Monroe United Methodist Church.

Thanks to grants from the Wisconsin Humanities Council and UW Extension, Catholic Charities and Green County UW Extension will be leading Stirring the Pot, an engaging and fun forum for area residents to gather and learn more about local food to create a healthy families and communities.

Heavy appetizers, which are created with local foods by local chefs, will be provided.

The second "Stirring the Pot" picnic will take place Sunday, Aug. 22, at St. Francis Assisi Catholic Church, Belleville, and the final takes place Sunday, Oct. 17, at Congregational United Church of Christ, Brodhead.

To help encourage discussion, national humanities expert Dr. Vincent Kavaloski will be on hand to share his perspectives on living well. Kavaloski is a professor of Philosophy at Edgewood College, Madison, and lives in rural Iowa County.

Sunday's event will kick-off with demonstrations by The Goosechaser Farm chef Stef Culberson. Culberson and her young son will share their techniques and tips for creating local, nutritious and tasty snacks for kids. She will provide meal ideas that teach kids about where food comes from and the joys of preparing and eating family meals together.

Kurt Kline, with the Monroe Farmers' Market, will then demonstrate several seasonal recipes.

For more information, call Cara Carper, UW-Extension, (608) 328-9441, e-mail, No reservation is needed.