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  2. Oct 29, 2021

Doctors Group Highlights Vegan Universal Meals Program at University of Notre Dame’s Vegan Awareness Day Nov. 1

Event Will Feature Celebrity Chef Dustin Harder and Red Lentil Soup With Spicy Gremolata From Universal Meals Program

NOTRE DAME, Ind.—Vegan celebrity chef Dustin Harder, the Vegan Roadie of TV’s Food Network and a culinary specialist with the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, will be featured at the University of Notre Dame’s Vegan Awareness Day on Monday, Nov. 1. Red Lentil Soup With Spicy Gremolata from the Physicians Committee’s free Universal Meals program will be served at the event. Please note: Due to COVID-19 precautions, only university students/staff are allowed to attend the event.

Chef Harder, who is also author of The Simply Vegan Cookbook, a Forbes “best cookbooks,” will be joined by registered nurses Melissa Busta and Erin Sinnaeve, who will discuss the health benefits of Universal Meals and a vegan diet.

“We are thrilled to highlight the Universal Meals program at the University of Notre Dame’s Vegan Awareness Day and show students just how easy it is for a delicious, healthy vegan diet to meet everybody’s needs,” says chef Dustin Harder.

More people than ever have a specific diet due to health reasons, environmental or humane concerns, allergies, or cultural or religious traditions. The free Universal Meals program was designed to meet these needs. Universal Meals was designed for both the kitchen and the consumer. The program is made for schools and colleges, hotels and businesses, airports, hospitals and long-term care facilities, restaurants, and others.

“One of my goals is to help students see that good nutrition is exciting and delicious,” says Jocie Antonelli, registered dietitian and nutrition services program director at the University of Notre Dame. “The Universal Meals program demonstrates that creative vegan cuisine can satisfy any appetite, palate, or dietary restriction.”

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Founded in 1985, the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine is a nonprofit organization that promotes preventive medicine, conducts clinical research, and encourages higher standards for ethics and effectiveness in education and research.

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