Charm City Casserole Cook-Off Gets Baltimore Residents to take the Farm to Table concept for themselves

Whitelock Community Farm  (WCF) and Turning Point Policy are providing Baltimore Residents with ways to prepare for cold weather and the endless holiday season potlucks by holding a Charm City Casserole Cook-Off on Saturday, November 12, 2011 at the St. Francis Community Center from 1-3 pm in Reservoir Hill.

“Casseroles are a comfort food, can be made at a variety of price-points and believe it or not can contain fresh vegetables,” said Joy Twesigye Founder and Lead Change Agent at Turning Point Policy. “Some people may be shocked that a nurse practitioner would suggest to people to make a casserole as a way to eat healthy. Change takes time and I think we set people up to fail if we don’t give people the tools or remind them of the skills they already have to be successful change agents in their own lives.”

Casseroles are hard to mess up—put everything in a dish and cook in the oven until bubbly. This is a great opportunity to dust off old family recipes, get children involved in the kitchen and get new cooks to practice in the kitchen. And yes you can make you mom’s tuna noodle casserole or introduce people to tater-tot casserole (a Midwestern favorite).

Entrants and Eaters pay $10 and proceeds go to the Whitelock Community Farm.

Getting people to cook and understand where food comes from is completely in line with our mission at Whitelock Community Farm said Thor Nelson. “The goals of the Farm are to: pursue affordable sustainable fresh food sources, provide neighborhood job creation, and help revitalize the neighborhood through greening and positive community activity.”

Local judges include Monyka Berrrocosa and Linda Rittleman. Monyka is the founder of – an online resource for women in business in addition to being a freelance food and wine writer for 15 years. Additionally, is a generous media sponsor for the casserole cook-off.  Linda is a long time foodie and local food activist who believes strongly in the importance of getting people to cook.

To register for the competition and buy tickets online.

For those who can’t make it check out WCF’s Kickstarter Project here.

Whitelock Community Farm (WCF) is a resident-run urban farm in Reservoir Hill, Baltimore. WCF provides affordable, sustainable, fresh produce while building community and revitalizing vacant land. Additional information about WCF is available on their site.

Turning Point Policy, LLC is a Professional and Community Development Enterprise that provides practical professional development opportunities for people who want to change the world and drives community engagement strategies to improve population health. Additional information about Turning Point Policy is available online.

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