Hispanic families can learn about healthy food at Casa Azafrán
The Music City Center's executive chef, Max Knoepfel, is sharing his healthy recipes with a community at risk — local Hispanic families.
Rising food costs and lack of access to healthy ingredients have left the Hispanic community vulnerable to obesity, stroke, high blood pressure and liver disease, according to local nonprofit Conexión Américas, which helps Latino families integrate into the Middle Tennessee community.
"At Conexión Américas, we are working to help Latino families be proactive about their health and well-being," said Renata Soto, executive director of the organization.
During Healthy Hispanic Families Day, Knoepfel will demonstrate how to prepare traditional dishes with a modern, healthy twist. There also will be free food and smoothies.
"My mission is to show everyone in Nashville that it's easy, fun and economical to prepare healthy meals at home, using fresh, seasonal, local ingredients," Knoepfel said.
The event will feature fresh produce from vendors, and children can watch a free puppet show, dance with ZumbaTOMIC, get their faces painted and play games.
According to the 2010 census, Tennessee has the sixth largest Latino population in the country, with 22 Latino countries represented in Nashville.
The event is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Casa Azafrán, 2195 Nolensville Pike. For more information, call 615-320-5152.