On May 3, 2014, Main Street Morgantown (MSM) will be partnering with WVU Healthcare, Morgantown Farmer’s Market, WVU BrickStreet Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, and Vision Shared to bring an event packed Saturday to the Morgantown Market Place.
At 8:15 a.m., MSM will be hosting the dedication of the Morgantown Market Place’s culinary station. In 2013, MSM received funding for the culinary station through the Growing Healthy Communities Grant and WVU Healthcare. The goal of the culinary station is to foster awareness of healthy eating habits and combat West Virginia’s low health rankings. At the time that MSM applied for the Growing Healthy Communities Grant, West Virginia was ranked as first in heart disease and 3rd in obesity, nationwide.
With funding and support from WVU Healthcare and the Growing Healthy Communities Grant, MSM has been able to construct the culinary station & public restrooms, procure kitchen equipment, and develop a series of educational sessions that focus on healthy cooking.
During the culinary station dedication, Mayor Jenny Selin will give opening remarks, followed by a representative from WVU Healthcare.
At 8:30 a.m. the Morgantown Market Place bell will ring, signaling the spring opening of the Morgantown Farmers’ Market in the Morgantown Market Place.
Culinary demonstrations will occur throughout the course of the Farmers’ Market, beginning at 9:00 a.m. WVU Healthcare will conduct the first demonstration, and because May is the month for strawberries, they will bring their commercial smoothie blender from the Healthy Café to make smoothies with nonfat yogurt, soy milk and strawberries.
WVU Healthcare will conduct a culinary sampling or demo on the first Saturday of the month from May through October. Cindy Gay, health expert, registered dietitian and manager of the Health Sciences Center Cafeteria, will conduct a 1-hour demo on those days, in addition to other dietitians.
Main Street Morgantown is printing recipe cards with recipes from WVU Healthcare’s Healthy Café, which will feature some of the ingredients customers can buy throughout the season. Products they hope to feature later in the season include meatballs, veggie melts, applesauce and crunchy pumpkin pie. Look for other culinary samplings and demos throughout the season by local restaurants and other food experts.
Representatives from WVU Healthcare will also be handing out free reusable bags to attendees, while providing blood pressure and body fat screenings during the May 3rd Farmers’ Market. And look for Monti, the Mountaineer Bear, to make an appearance.
A culinary demonstration by a local Morgantown chef will follow from 10 – 11:00 a.m.
At 12:00 p.m., the Farmers’ Market will end, and Café Morgantown…Entrepreneurship in Action will begin. The goal of Entrepreneurship Cafés is to award small (micro) awards to entrepreneurs at the local level. This May 3rd event marks the second Café Morgantown, and the first to occur in the Morgantown Market Place.
At the event, seven local entrepreneurs will have five minutes to present their project to attendees, after which the audience will be able to ask questions. After all five entrepreneurs have presented and all questions have been answered, the audience will vote to select a winner. This winner will receive a prize of $500, in addition to the majority of the event’s proceeds.
Community members are invited to purchase tickets for the event online via PayPal. Tickets to attend the event are $20, which will provide attendees with a meal and the opportunity to vote for the winner of Café Morgantown. Tickets will also be sold at the Morgantown Market Place on the day of the event. More information about the event can be found on the event page.