A FNCE-ful Time in Denver

Just last week, we were lucky to hang out with roughly 6,000 dietitians and their guests at the American Dietetic Association‘s annual Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo (FNCE) in beautiful Denver.

At our  booth, we told people about the health and nutritional qualities of mushrooms, in particular highlighting the research at City of Hope on mushrooms and breast cancer. In fact, for every person that stopped at the booth (to get their attendee ID card scanned), the Mushroom Council has provided additional funding to City of Hope.

Check out our previous post on the research here. Attendees also joined our “wall of pink,” by writing their names, or the name of someone they wanted to honor, on pink tills in support of breast cancer research. Check out this short video to see our wall grow throughout the event.

We were also honored to meet so many survivors themselves – it was inspiring to hear their stories of struggle and triumph.

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In between discussions on vitamin D (did you know mushrooms are the only fruit or veggie with vitamin D?) and heartfelt stories about fighting breast cancer, we were able to grab a bite to eat at two excellent Denver restaurants.  We first checked out Coral Room and loved the Asian-American fusion-inspired dishes. And we were nothing less than impressed to find that four out of the six entrées on the menu featured mushrooms! Check out the Duck Breast with Shiitake Mushrooms and Pan Jus (left).

We also tried out savory Spanish-style tapas at the 9th Door and were (yet again) thrilled to see lots of fungi on the menu. We devoured plates and plates of tapas, including the Croquetas de Hongos, a mushroom and rice croquette with sherry and mushroom sauce; Callo de Hacha, seared sea scallops with truffled mushroom compote; and Pollo Oloroso, sautéed chicken breast with manchego mashed potatoes and oloroso sherry mushroom sauce. Check out this mouth-watering photo of the croquetas (below).

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We were thrilled to see  so many familiar faces like Janet Helm, Cynthia SassJill NussinowRebecca ScritchfieldConstance Riggs,Hemi Weingarten, the Meal Makeover MomsIFIC and RD411 onsite and were sorry we didn’t get to spend more time with them. Thank you to all the FNCE attendees and Denver natives for a great event!



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