California Walnuts’ 2011 Chefs Council: Empowering Consumers to Enjoy Dishes That are Delicious AND Healthy

Sacramento, Calif. (May 3, 2011) – Today marks the California Walnut Boards second gathering of the California Walnuts Chefs Council. Its mission remains simple, yet ambitious: to determine the necessary steps needed to transform the current American menu into one providing tasty AND nutritious options. The Chefs Council will help raise awareness of foodservice menu trends, changing consumer demands, portion control and the influence of the new 2010 Dietary Guidelines. Chefs will be led in discussion by bestselling cookbook author Mollie Katzen on how media can empower their readers to look for these options when dining out.

 

Members of this year's Chefs Council have experience in fine dining, corporate foodservice, grocery, and catering. Their combined creativity, direct to consumer influence, and culinary background all create a unique perspective to influence American eating habits. Joining The 2011 California Walnuts Chefs Council are Chef Jeff Clark of Nugget Markets in Sacramento, Chef Molly Hawks of Hawks Restaurant in Granite Bay, Pastry Chef Ian Farrell of Oracle in Redwood Shores, Chef Noah Zonca of The Kitchen in Sacramento, and Chef Michael Tuohy of Grange Restaurant in Sacramento.

"Considering the success of last year's Chefs Council discussion, I am thrilled to be a part of it all again," Katzen stated. "This year, we will continue our goal to educate consumers that ‘delicious' and ‘good-for-you' are not two separate food groups, by working with five new chefs. One of the easiest ways to accomplish this balance is to incorporate delicious, convenient and versatile walnuts in recipes to improve the nutritional profile of menu offerings. In addition to providing essential omega-3 fatty acids, walnuts contain antioxidants, protein, fiber and various other nutrients."

The Chefs Council will highlight how simplicity and seasonality are key to great tasting menu items by discussing a wide range of food topics such as portion control, consumer demands and nutrition. Chefs Council members will also provide great tasting, approachable, seasonal recipes for consumer use that will emphasize wholesome menu options. These will be available on the California Walnut Board's website: www.walnuts.org.

Interviews and photos available upon request.

About California Walnuts:

The California walnut industry is made up of over 4,000 growers and over 70 handlers. The growers and handlers are represented by two entities, the California Walnut Board (CWB) and the California Walnut Commission (CWC).

California Walnut Board

The Walnut Marketing Board was established in 1948 to represent the walnut growers and handlers of California. In April 2008, the Walnut Marketing Board became the California Walnut Board to provide origin designation to the product it represents. The Board is funded by mandatory assessments of the handlers. The CWB is governed by a Federal Walnut Marketing Order. The Board promotes usage of walnuts in the United States through publicity and educational programs. The Board also provides funding for walnut production and post-harvest research.

California Walnut Commission

The California Walnut Commission, established in 1987, is funded by mandatory assessments of the growers. The Commission is an agency of the State of California that works in concurrence with the Secretary of the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA). The CWC is mainly involved in health research and export market development activities.

Non-Discrimination Statement

The California Walnut Board (CWB) and California Walnut Commission (CWC) prohibit discrimination in all programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, marital status, familial status, parental status, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, political beliefs, reprisal, or because all or part of an individual's income is derived from any public assistance programs. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) should contact the CWB / CWC offices at (916) 922-5888. To file a complaint of discrimination, write to USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, or call (800) 795-3272 (voice) or (202) 720-6382 (TDD). CWB/CWC is an equal opportunity employer and provider.

The California Walnut Board and Commission offices are located at 101 Parkshore Dr., Ste. #250, Folsom, CA 95630