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Humane Society to teach IU chefs about plant-based food this week



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Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf locations can be found in Goodbody and Bookmarket eateries on campus. IU students will be taking cooking classes to create plant-based desserts over the next few days, and the food will be available for purchase Wednesday and Thursday at the eateries. Andrew Williams Buy Photos

IU chefs, staff and cooks will be taking cooking classes to create plant-based desserts over the next few days, through a partnership with the Humane Society of the United States. The food will be available for purchase Wednesday and Thursday.

The Forward Food Culinary Experience, a three-day program within the Humane Society of the United States, will educate various dining staff and dietitians about plant-based food, according to the press release from Forward Food. The free training will involve cooking and preparing various foods.

These foods will then be sold at locations across campus, such as Herman B Wells Library and the Indiana Memorial Union. Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf will sell the desserts starting at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday. The vegan desserts will also be offered while supplies last, beginning at 8 a.m. at Sugar and Spice and from 11:30 a.m. -1:30 p.m. Thursday in the Tudor Room.

Forward Food has taught over 7,500 chefs across the U.S., according to the release. Since 2015, the group has organized more than 350 educational events on the topic of plant-based eating.

Executive Chef Wanda White said she began dabbling in vegan food after opening the first all-vegan dining hall at the University of North Texas. Afterward, she applied for the Humane Society position and has been working there five years. She said she truly believes in the food she produces.

"If you leave the vegan word out and call it good food, that's what we're about," White said.

CORRECTION: A previous version of this story incorrectly printed the program's name. The program is called the Forward Food Culinary Experience. The IDS regrets this error.

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