Last week I was invited by California Walnuts to attend an intimate dinner at the Top of the Hub with food and nutrition celebrities (in my world) Mollie Katzen and Walter Willett. I had met Mollie last summer at the Food for your Whole Life Symposium and she’s just the sweetest person ever who has a passion for good tasting, good for you foods, and of course walnuts. Willett is the Chair of the Department of Nutrition at Harvard School of Public Health and is a pioneer in sound nutrition research. The dinner was to honor his accomplishments in promoting good health and celebrate Dr. Walter Willett as a nominee in the Quest for THE Original Health Nut, a contest CA Walnuts is hosting. Willett certainly IS a health nut – we learned that he has ridden his bike every single day to work this winter in Boston. Can you believe it with the winter we’ve had?! I could barely even drive my car or walk on the slippery sidewalks every day this winter!
We had a lovely walnut-themed dinner while overlooking the twinkling lights of Boston. I had a great time dining next to sports nutrition guru Nancy Clark, Walnuts’ own Kaley Todd, and Harvard Obesity Researcher Dr. Frank Hu.
I had so much fun catching up wtih some of my favorite local dietitians, including Kate Scarlata who I had emailed but never met in person, Liz Ward, whose Expect the Best books I buy for all of my pregnant friends, and Brierly Wright, who writes for Eating Well and I know from Tufts.
Do YOU know anyone to nominate who epitomizes optimal health and wellness and could be the Original Health Nut?
Thank you California Walnuts for this fabulous experience and a dinner with some of the biggest Health Nuts out there!