Introducing the Thrive Kitchen!

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Happy 2017!

I’m so excited to announce the debut of the project I’ve been working on for the past year, the Thrive Kitchen at Kaiser Permanente San Francisco! As longtime readers will know, I’ve been teaching healthy cooking classes since 2012, and I made a big move a year ago to take a sabbatical from my medical practice to attend culinary school and obtain a certificate in Plant Based Nutrition.  Using my new skills and knowledge, I have been working on setting up a new program, which I’ve named the Thrive Kitchen, to host hands-on cooking classes for patients, medical staff and the community.  I believe that prevention is the best medicine, and that teaching people how to cook is a crucial way to empower them to take charge of their health and boost their energy.  I’ll be teaching classes monthly, with a different menu featuring globally inspired, seasonal cuisine each month.  Each class includes sharing the meal we’ve prepared together and a nutrition discussion.

The first class is coming up soon, Tuesday, January 17th (1/17/17! — might also make a good lottery number) from 6:30-8:30 PM: Soups and Salads of the World.

Lentil Soup—Green Salad with Dijon Vinaigrette

Cauliflower-Parsnip Soup with Indian Spiced Yogurt—Kachumber Salad

Tuscan Ribollita (Kale and Bean Soup)

Miso Soup with Homemade Dashi—Quick Japanese Pickle

If you’re in the San Francisco area, please come and cook with me! Classes, which include dinner, are $30 for Kaiser members and $40 for the general public, and are offered at Kaiser Permanente San Francisco’s Mission Bay office at 1600 Owens St.

To register, email  

To your health!


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