Bite-Size Education Series


Welcome to the VAND “Bite-Size” Event Series!

For 2023/24, instead of holding a spring conference, the VAND Board and Event Committee will offer a variety of on-line and in person educational, networking and service opportunities. 

If you have a suggestion for a VAND event, please contact VAND president Joanne Heidkamp at 

In addition to listing VAND events, we'll also use this space to call attention to other relevant opportunities. 


VAND January, 2024 Program: French Crepe Online Cook Along

1.5 CEUs applied for

Monday, January 29, 6 pm – 7:30


VAND members $15. Non-members $20

VAND has partnered with anthropologist Anna Mays to offer an online session on making traditional buckwheat crêpes with savory wintery fillings.  The class is limited to 25 households, so register soon.  You’re welcome to invite a friend or family member to cook along with you in your kitchen. Appropriate for children elementary school age and above.

Together, we will prepare the buckwheat batter, make a kale, zucchini and shallot filling, learn about regional Alpine cheeses, and prepare an herbed vinaigrette dressing. We’ll also learn to make a quick dessert crepe using any fresh fruit on hand.

Anna has received an MS from the University of London, a BA from Brown, and trained at Le Cordon Bleu Culinary School.


December 14, 2023  2 PM Eastern Time 

Free Webinar: Changing the Conversation: Utilize Culinary Skills to Educate Patients with a Food First Approach

1 CEU 

Julie Lopez, RD 

Culinary education can improve the quality of dietary intake and change behaviors, leading to better health outcomes. Learn how to utilize culinary nutrition knowledge to support patients as both a preventive measure and an intervention method. This webinar will help increase healthcare professionals’ culinary confidence and provide realistic nutrition education strategies that can be incorporated into interventions with their clients, leveraging a food first approach.

Presented by the Orgain Professional Education SeriesRegister here 



Coming in February 2024

VAND meet and greet with UVM Dietetic students.  Live on campus and via Zoom.  Watch the newsletter for details. 


Coming in March/April 2024: A Charcuterie Board Making Class, sponsored by the New England Dairy Council


May 2024 - VAND's annual business meeting and social.  Details tbd.