Food-for-Life Consultant to Cook Some Plant-Based Latin Meals at Central Library’s Kitchen This Saturday

MANATEE COUNTY, FL (January 4, 2016) – New Year. New diet? For those in Manatee County who have made healthier eating habits one of their New Year’s resolutions, Dr. Evelisse Capó, Founder and Lifestyle Coach for The Food Pharmacy, will cook up some recipes in Central Library’s demonstration kitchen this Saturday, January 9, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.


While some people may normally associate Latin meals with meat, these planned meals will all be plant based. The objective of the Food Pharmacy’s cooking classes, according to Capo, who holds a doctorate in pharmacy and has been a health and nutrition educator and cooking instructor for nearly a decade, is to help spread awareness of how people can choose food over medicine.


“The Food Pharmacy is dedicated to educating the community on optimal health, nutrition and lifestyle options, with a special focus on chronic disease prevention,” said Capo. “Our cooking workshops, wellness seminars and lifestyle personal coaching to help people conquer unhealthy food addiction, adopt a healthier lifestyle and enjoy a higher quality of life.”


Capo started the Food Pharmacy after witnessing the pain and suffering of many cancer and heart disease patients in hospitals and long-term care institutions as a practicing pharmacist and after losing friends and relatives to these diseases. She completed her continuing education in vegetarian nutrition and health coaching and now teaches PCRM’s Food for Life Program and facilitates CHIP (Complete Health Improvement Program) in Sarasota and the Southwest Florida region.


The cooking demonstration is one of the many events lined up as part of the Latino Americans 500 Years of History Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the American Library Association (ALA).


“We are pleased to offer our first cooking demonstration which features a focus on nutrition while highlighting Latin culture,” said Ava Ehde, Library Services Manager.


Capo concurs that this cooking demo will help people gain a better understanding of Latin culture.


“Food is such a cultural aspect of our society. Cultural legacies are powerful forces that often define our lifestyle. Even though we frequently associate meat and animal products with popular Latin dishes, Latin cuisine essentially is based on plants and spices to flavor meals. In Mexico, South America and the Caribbean, we have traditionally enjoyed entrees based on grains, legumes, vegetables and fruits.  For generations, our families have enjoyed quinoa, rice, beans, plantains, yucca, mango, avocado, corn and many other plant-based foods. This cooking class will celebrate the delicious flavor and health-changing properties of plants without sacrificing flavor or tradition,” said Capo.


Central Library is located at 1301 Barcarrota Boulevard West, Bradenton, 34205 (along Riverwalk). For more information, please contact 941-748-5555.


About the Manatee County Public  Library System: A Florida Library Association “Library Innovation” award winner, the Manatee County Public Library System supports the County’s growing community and visitors through a wide range of educational and technological resources and programs at six facilities in downtown Bradenton (Riverwalk), the east county region, the south county area, Holmes Beach, Palmetto and Ellenton. Last year, the Library System was visited by over 963,000 customers who made use of its resources over 3.5 million times (a record high) and provided over 2,500 informational and educational programs which served an estimated 57,000 customers. For more information, call Central Library at (941) 748-5555, ext. 6307. For more information on Manatee County Public Library System, visit online at and follow them on Facebook at and For more information about Manatee County Government, call 941-748-4501 or visit, or twitter @ManateeGov