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Learn to Cook Root Vegetables with Chef Melody at Trailside, Oct. 3

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ – The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the Department of Parks and Community Renewal are pleased to offer a unique cooking class at Trailside Nature and Science Center in Mountainside. On Monday, October 3, adults, 18 and older, can join celebrity chef Melody McGinley Whitelaw for a class on “Cooking with Root Vegetables.”

“The autumn harvest provides us with a bounty of healthy and delicious vegetables that can be creatively utilized in numerous dishes,” said Freeholder Daniel P. Sullivan, liaison to the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board. “This class offers food lovers a great opportunity to learn how to make healthy dishes with the guidance of a renowned chef.”

This two-hour class will run from 7:00-9:00 p.m. and the fee is $20 for Union County residents and $25 for out-of-county participants. Pre-registration is required.

Chef Melody McGinley Whitelaw, owner of the catering company “The Main Event by Melody” and guest chef on WOR Radio for 22 years, will demonstrate the preparation of healthful, savory recipes using autumn root vegetables. Participants will learn how to make delicious, seasonal meals utilizing the garden’s best fall root vegetables and then feast on the recipes prepared during class.

A resident of Morristown, Chef Melody grew up in southern California and was a chef for over 35 years for the movie industry, alongside her father, a movie shoot caterer and Big Band singer. In addition to being a guest chef on WOR Radio for many years, Chef Melody also cooks for Scott and Todd in the Morning on WPLJ. She also is passionate about teaching kids to cook healthy and green and does so with her “Kids’ Green Kitchen,” a program designed to teach children how to cook healthy meals and snacks.

To pre-register for this cooking class or for information about other upcoming programs or events at Trailside, call 908-789-3670 or visit Trailside Nature and Science Center is located at 452 New Providence Road in Mountainside and is a service of the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders.

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