FED at IU is a student organization dedicated to educating IU students about cooking (both healthy and indulgent), and about the food system as a whole, with emphasis on local and sustainable systems. We know that many college students are just starting out, learning how to cook for the first time, and sometimes cooking, shopping, and dealing with the vast amount of food options can be a bit overwhelming – but we can figure it out together. At FED, we do a variety of different events throughout the semester, including but not limited to:
- Cooking Workshops! Usually, about 15-20 students gather to learn new skills, techniques, and cuisines! In the past, we’ve had pie-making, Indian cuisine, ratatouille, and others. These are really fun because we cook together, then sit down to a family-style meal to enjoy the fruits of our label – these are most definitely the most popular kind of FED event.
- Educational Events! Occasionally, we’ll host an event with a focus on a specific issue in the food system, and we’ll welcome a guest speaker and host a group discussion. One such event was a potluck and documentary screening of the film Food Chains.
- Farm Visits! In the past, we’ve organized trips to local farms where we volunteer for a while and learn about the farmer’s practices.
- Competitions and Social Media Campaigns! Our social media presence means that we often host campaigns and competitions where we invite FED members to participate and share what they’ve been cooking and eating! In the past, we’ve hosted a Farmer’s Market Scavenger Hunt and a Farmer’s Market Recipe Competition.
That being said, although we love the kinds of events we’ve done in the past and plan to do more of them, we’re not limited to that list, so if you have any food-related ideas you’d like us to help you pull off, or just want more information, please reach out to us!