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School of Medicine to open
first-of-its-kind teaching kitchen

Construction is scheduled to begin later this summer on the new home for The Goldring Center for Culinary Medicine at Tulane University, the nation’s first teaching kitchen affiliated with a medical school.

The 4,600-square-foot center will be built in the ReFresh Project, a redevelopment of the former Schwegmann Bros. grocery store on Broad and Bienville streets that will include a Whole Foods Market.

Teaching Kitchen rendering
Proposed rendering of the ReFresh Project site at the old Schwegmann's grocery store on Broad St.

The teaching kitchen will include professional ovens and cooking stations for medical students, physicians-in-training, chefs, doctors and members of the community to learn the tenets of healthful cooking and the significant role food plays in preventing and managing obesity and associated diseases. 

Dr. Benjamin Sachs
Dr. Benjamin Sachs speaks at the groundbreaking ceremony for ReFresh Project.

"The Goldring Center for Culinary Medicine is a first-of-its kind center dedicated to comprehensively integrating nutrition and dietary intervention strategies into medical school curriculum," said Dr. Benjamin Sachs, senior vice president and dean of Tulane University School of Medicine. "The goal is to train doctors not only how food choices affect health and disease progression but also how to translate this information in practical ways that empower patients to lead healthier lives." 

The center, which is slated to open in January 2014, will be open to the public throughout the year, offering free demonstrations and cooking classes taught by staff and medical students as well as continuing medical education programs for physicians. It will also conduct nutrition research.  

Teaching Kitchen participants
First year medical student Dennis Ren, Johnson and Wales intern Courtney Huggins, Chef Leah Sarris, and Johnson and Wales intern Nathalie Matamoro

The project is part of Tulane's groundbreaking culinary medicine program and collaboration with Johnson & Wales University College of Culinary Arts, the first joint training program by a medical school and major culinary institute.

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