Mary Brogan Museum Hosts Free Food-O-Rama today

The Mary Brogan Museum of Art and Science, along with the City of Tallahassee’s Community Redevelopment Agency, will host a free community event, Food-O-Rama, this Sunday in Kleman Plaza.


Food-O-Rama is part of a weeklong national Food Day celebration, lasting from Oct. 15-24. Patrons are urged to bring donations that will support the Second Harvest Food Bank of the Big Bend.


On Sunday afternoon from 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., the Tallahassee community is invited to come celebrate the country’s first national Food Day.


Chief Executive Officer of the Mary Brogan Museum Chucha Barber said the event will feature more than 30 vendors and educational demonstrations that will inform the community of proper ways to maintain a healthy diet and lifestyle.


 “It’s the largest community event in celebrating of Food Day,” said Barber. “It will be a very carnival-like experience.”


The Center for Science in the Public Interest created Food Day as a way to focus national attention on household nutrition. Events across the country will be implemented around Food Day to create awareness for healthier eating habits. The CSPI said Food Day was initiated to, “push for healthy, affordable food produced in a sustainable, humane way.”


Chief Operating Officer at the Mary Brogan Museum Trish Hanson said children, parents, students and teachers will learn effective lessons on portion control, shopping at farmer’s markets and how to influence agricultural policies. Film screenings, food pyramid murals and edible Play-Doh sculptures are among the many activities planned for Sunday’s event.


“I think it’s going to be a really good turn out. We have a lot of great participants and supporters to provide information and demonstrations,” Hanson said. “I think it’s going to be a great event for participants to come and learn about healthy eating, dieting and nutrition.”


Cooking demonstrations will also be on sight to show guests exactly how to adopt more nutritious means of food preparation.


There will be a food drive and a free concert outside the museum during the event.


Fourth-year psychology student Marissa Brisker said she has been in the process of converting to vegetarianism for almost two years. Brisker frequents whole foods markets and said she will be at Food-O-Rama Sunday evening for the concert.


“Eating healthy is essential,” said Brisker. “I can really tell the difference in the way I feel since I’ve begun better monitoring my consumption habits.”


The Mary Brogan Museum is located at 350 South Duval Street. For more information, contact Chucha Barber at (850) 513-0700, ext. 229.