The Arts Festival and International Fair was reimagined to celebrate culture and history through food with unique virtual events. The two-day celebration included a family trivia night, a drumming demonstration, and a special cooking demonstration by best-selling cookbook author, food writer, cook, and food equity advocate Julia Turshen ’03.
During her presentation, Julia prepared the Tex-Mex turkey meatballs recipe from her new cookbook Simply Julia: 110 Easy Recipes for Healthy Comfort Food. While the meatballs baked, Julia discussed the ways that cooking connects communities, supports mindfulness, reduces stress, and builds confidence. Julia also shared that the RCDS dedication to service has resonated with her through the years and informed her own commitment to advocacy, such as her 2017 activism cookbook Feed the Resistance and her volunteer work with God’s Love We Deliver, an organization that provides nutritious, medically tailored meals for people in the New York metro area who are too sick to shop or cook for themselves.
Many thanks to Julia for an engaging conversation and to the Office of Alumni Relations and the Parents Association for coordinating this opportunity for RCDS alumni, students, and families.
“The seeds of volunteering were very much planted for me at Rye Country Day School. It left a lasting impression on me.” —Julia Turshen ’03