UofSC first lady to host cooking demonstration Feb. 16

Bring your lunch and join Patricia Moore-Pastides, the first lady of the University of South Carolina, as she shares her passion for healthy cooking during an informative and interactive session on Feb. 16.

Moore-Pastides aims to raise awareness for maintaining a healthy heart and how healthy cooking in the style of a Mediterranean diet is one way to do so. Using a hot plate, she will prepare revithia, a dish with chickpeas, onions and herbs as a demonstration and tasting.

The event will take place from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Russell House University Union, Room 305. Along with the demonstration there will be recipe cards from Moore-Pastides’ cookbooks available and a raffle for Gamecock merchandise.

University faculty, staff and students along with community members are welcome to attend this free event. Registration is required by Feb. 10.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States, killing one in four people each year.

Moore-Pastides became interested in the Mediterranean diet and lifestyle after a 10-month sabbatical in Greece in the 1980s. Her two cookbooks, “Greek Revival” and “Greek Revival from the Garden,” present recipes focused on bringing the bounty of the garden to the table in easy and accessible ways.

On March 28, Moore-Pastides will also be hosting a cooking demo with vegetables grown in the president’s garden at the Healthy Carolina Farmers Market, which she champions as a source of nutritious foods for the Carolina campus and beyond.

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