Boston Public Library Launches Chef-in-Residence Program at Nutrition Lab

The Chef-in-Residence will provide cooking programs and nutritional literacy to the Greater Boston community

BOSTON, MA - February 23, 2024 - The Boston Public Library (BPL) today announced the launch of its new Chef-in-Residence program, made possible by a generous grant from anonymous donors to the Boston Public Library Fund.

Based in the BPL's Nutrition Lab at the Roxbury Branch, the Chef-in-Residence will aim to increase nutritional literacy and cooking programs for community members of all ages. This new initiative will empower patrons to explore cooking techniques, cultural heritage, nutrition, and Boston history by offering demonstrations, hands-on classes, and resources. As with all BPL programming, these programs are all offered free of charge.

Boston resident Glorya Fernandez, the founder of gogobytes and advocate for conscientious healing with food, began her one-year residency in February and will be conducting community listening sessions on March 2 and April 8 to help inform her curriculum. 

"We are thrilled to welcome Glorya to the Nutrition Lab as our inaugural Chef-in-Residence," said Nutritional Literacy Coordinator, Stephanie Chace. "With a passion for culinary instruction and a wealth of experience, she is dedicated to providing engaging programs and community nourishment."

Funding from anonymous donors through the BPL Fund supports the Chef-in-Residence program for three years. 

"The Boston Public Library Fund is profoundly grateful for the generosity of our anonymous donors," said Paula Sakey, Executive Director of the Boston Public Library Fund. "Their gift not only champions nutritional literacy but also exemplifies a commitment to community enrichment and a belief in the mission of the Library to respond to patron needs. This support enables the Chef-in-Residence program to flourish, fostering a culture of learning and well-being for our Roxbury community and across the city."

The Chef-in-Residence is one component of the BPL's Nutrition Lab, which serves as the Library's hub for nutritional literacy. It provides learning opportunities for healthy eating and a space to develop life and work skills focused on nutrition and meal creation. The Nutrition Lab is a place to build confidence, meet new friends, and gather as a community. All services offered are free to all.

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