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Discover Summer Cooking the Healthy Way
Submitted by Admin on Fri, 09/05/2014 - 14:54

The Center for Aesthetic Modernism recently kicked off our new Artisan of Self (AOS) program with a fantastic private cooking class held at L'Academie de Cuisine in Bethesda, MD. Our chef for the evening was Nichole Ferrigno, who also happens to be a holistic health coach, taught the 20 members of our class how to prepare a delicious, special "soul food" meal using fresh local produce and other healthy ingredients.

On the menu that night:

  • light-as-air zucchini fritters with a tangy lemon dill yogurt dipping sauce
  • an easy roasted corn salad with black-eyed peas served with Harissa-spiced shrimp skewers
  • a scrumptious cornmeal cake topped with a strawberry-tarragon compote and creme fraiche



Chef Ferrigno demonstrated how each dish was prepared as our AOS class followed her lead. The food was incredible – and it certainly didn’t hurt that members of the L’Academie de Cuisine staff poured glasses of chardonnay and pinot noir while we prepped, grilled, sautéed, and baked our way through the delicious three-course meal!

What is Artisan of Self (AOS)?  AOS has been years in the making and planning, and it has been a dream of mine to personally design a series of  wellness experiences that will enhance  my clients’ awareness of the essential  role that nutrition, exercise and artistic expression play in living a good  life.

As I see it, AOS is a truly unique system that allows our clients to experience a personalized solution for whole being health.

By the way, we have already planned a couple of future AOS events: dance and cardio classes with A-list instructors and a guest DJs, as well as art classes that combine meditation and self-portraiture.

Please call the office at 301-951-9292 to find out more about our Fall  invitation-only programs.

Until then, enjoy the rest of the summer. Bon appetite!

- Dr. Monte Oyd Harris








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