Jan 4, 2018 Celebrity Chef Sam Talbot Tours Newark Beth Israel Medical Center's The Beth Greenhouse

and Gives Cooking Demonstration to Community Children at Wellness Center

Newark, NJ (December 12, 2017) – Sam Talbot, celebrity chef and semi-finalist on season two of Top Chef toured Newark Beth Israel Medical Center’s (NBIMC) hydroponic Beth Greenhouse on Tuesday, December 12. Following the tour, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and Children’s Hospital of New Jersey’s (CHoNJ) resident and CEO, Darrell K. Terry, Sr., MHA, MPH, FACHE, introduced Talbot to the student attendees of the “Healthy Eating in Hannah’s Kitchen” cooking class for children, ages 8-12, at the Medical Center’s Reverend Dr. Ronald B. Christian Community Health and Wellness Center. Talbot presented a cooking demonstration, shared healthy eating tips and examples of healthier lifestyle choices. The interactive class included games, ingredient participation from the students and sampling of the Blueberry Oat Milk Oatmeal dish for all.

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Darrell K. Terry, Sr., President and Chief Executive Officer, NBIMC and CHoNJ and Celebrity Chef Sam Talbot at NBIMC’s Rev. Ron Wellness Center

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Celebrity Chef Sam Talbot at NBIMC’s Reverend Doctor Ronald B. Christian Community Health and Wellness Center during a hands-on cooking class.

Background: The Beth Greenhouse at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center (NBIMC) offers fresh locally grown produce. The Beth Greenhouse Farmer’s Market is open to the public every Thursday from 11AM-4PM in the Medical Center lobby and on every second Saturday of the month from 9AM-2PM at the Reverend Dr. Ronald B. Christian Community Health & Wellness Center. The markets aim is to increase access to and highlight the importance of eating healthy food for all Newark residents.

On October 5, 2017, NBIMC became the first hospital-based vendor in New Jersey to accept the Federal Supplement Nutrition Assistance Program benefits (SNAP). Currently, about 100 pounds of food - cultivated and harvested at the Greenhouse - is distributed every week through sales at the Farmer’s Market and in donations to local food pantries. It has always been open to the community, but its designation as a NJ SNAP vendor has allowed the Farmer’s Market to accept NJ SNAP benefits – disbursed on an Electronic Benefit card – as payment. Proceeds from sales are reinvested in programming for health and wellness activities in the local community.