Food council cooks up community engagement through virtual class | Tri-state News

Saralyn Collingwood sliced up a sweet potato and directed the virtual audience following her lead to lather their own potatoes with blood orange olive oil.

While it wasn’t an ordinary way to hold a cooking class, it still offered a way to show people how they can assemble a healthy dinner using local products, organizers said.

“We all get Zoom fatigue, and we felt this was a great way we can share something like a meal from local foods,” said Michaela Freiburger, chairwoman of Dubuque County Food Policy Council.

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More than 30 people attended the council’s annual community engagement event on Wednesday. While the COVID-19 pandemic prompted organizers to move this year’s event to a virtual format, they still wanted to find a way to engage and educate their audience, said Sunil Malapati, a member of the council.

“Last year, we had snacks and some local

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