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November 27, 2021

Salinas produce company hosts cooking class to raise funds for breast cancer research

SALINAS — Salinas produce company D’Arrigo California is partnering with Candice Walker, foodie influencer of Proportional Plate, to host a virtual and interactive cooking class Wednesday featuring Andy Boy produce.

“D’Arrigo California is thrilled to get into the kitchen with Candice Walker of Proportional Plate to ‘Cook for a Cure’ benefiting the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF), a 22-year long partner of our company,” said Claudia Pizarro-Villalobos, corporate communications for D’Arrigo California. “We know that maintaining a well-balanced diet high in fruits, vegetables and plant-based protein sources can help lower the risk of breast cancer and even improve outcomes after a diagnosis. Our goal is to educate consumers on how to make easy, delicious and nutritious recipes using our Andy Boy produce.”

On Wednesday, Oct. 27, from 4 to 5:30 p.m., Walker will walk viewers through a step-by-step process of how to make turkey lettuce wraps with thai chili ginger sauce, roasted sweet baby broccoli with piquillo pepper romesco and a blender green juice.

Registration is $15 for the virtual cooking class at In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month, 100% of the ticket price will go directly to BCRF.

“Our goal is to raise awareness and to show our support for all those who have been affected by breast cancer,” Walker said. “We’re excited to have consumers and customers join us by participating in the ‘Cooking for a Cure’ class with Andy Boy produce, especially since all proceeds will benefit BCRF.”

In addition, each registered participant will receive the cooking class link, a printable grocery list and recipe cards. For those who are unable to attend Oct. 27, the class will also be available on demand until Friday, Nov. 26, with paid registration.

Studies show a diet rich in fresh fruits and vegetables can lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of obesity, glycemic disorders, cancers and cardiovascular diseases.

“BCRF-funded research has shown that there are steps you can take to reduce risk for breast cancer,” said BCRF Chief Scientific Officer, Dr. Dorraya El-Ashry. “We know that proper nutrition and plant-based diets — or diets high in leafy greens, cruciferous vegetables and legumes — play a key role in breast cancer prevention.”

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