There Are Germs Among Us!
Let’s talk about the 99%. No, not the economic class of which most of us belong, the 99.9% of beneficial or benign microorganisms that surround us, interact with us, live in symbiosis with us, and in many cases, perform some key biological functions on our behalf.
Probiotics are all the rage in nutrition these days. You’ve no doubt noticed that fermented foods like Kimchi, Kefir, Sauerkraut and Kombucha are flying off shelves as people seek the beneficial bacteria (like Lactobacillus) they contain. But do we really understand the science of probiotics and the human microbiome? There are many different species of microorganisms at work in (and on) our bodies; manufacturing important chemicals like the neurotransmitter serotonin; breaking complex foods down into simpler molecules that our bodies can extract nutrition from; even protecting us from invasive germs that can make us sick.
It’s estimated that 1/3 of our biomass is made up of microbes that aren’t our own cells. Think about that, 1/3 of you is not you. Some scientists are now suggesting that the human microbiome constitutes a whole separate organ of the body. And the sum of this orchestra of species is greater than it’s parts. Together, working in constant, dynamic interplay, they influence almost every aspect of your physical and mental health. This is cutting edge stuff: it’s only in the last few years that science has begun to peer inside the microbiome.
The Event: An Intimate Dinner & Discussion with Microbiologist Jason Tetro
On Wednesday, April 20th at 7:00pm, Karelia Kitchen is proud to be hosting a very very special dinner and talk with reputed microbiologist, author and public health advocate Jason Tetro. Jason is a rising star in the field of microbiology, and makes frequent appearances in media as The Germ Guy. After decades of overusing antibiotics and antibacterial products, new science is leading us back to trying to live in harmony with the many microbes that surround us, and Jason is at the vanguard of this new research.
He writes regularly for the Huffington Post, Popular Science and The Globe and Mail. He’s made frequent appearances on television and radio, providing a microbiologist’s perspective on public health topics like the recent Zika virus scare.
This is an intimate, limited-seating dinner event, where Jason will share his extensive knowledge about the human microbiome and the invisible world of germs that have evolved alongside (and inside) humans.
Dinner will be a three-course prix-fixe with a focus on foods containing active microbiota. Dinner is $45/person without wine or $65/person with wine pairings for each course. For the full menu, see below or download it here.
This is really going to be something special. It’s a chance to listen to, eat and talk with one of Canada’s most reputed germ scientists, in a very intimate environment. Be sure to check out Jason’s latest book, The Germ Files.
About Jason Tetro
Jason is the author of two books: The Germ Code (which was shortlisted as Science Book of the Year (2014) and The Germ Files, which spent several weeks on the national bestseller list. He has also co-edited The Human Microbiome Handbook, which provides an academic perspective on the impact of microbes in human health.
Learn more about Jason and his work on his website.
Call to reserve your spot for this very special event: 647 748 1194
Prix Fixe 3-Course Dinner Menu
Wednesday April 20th 2016 @ 7:00pm
$65/person with wine
Salad of Hearty Farm Lettuces
with roasted golden beets, toasted pistachios,dried blueberries and honey vinegar yoghurt
paired with: Rodriques Blueberry Wine
Braised Smoked Pork Side Ribs
with wine sauerkraut, sugar snap peas, spiced apple butter
Alderwood Hot Smoked Salmon
with toasted buckwheat and chive crepes, buttered rapini, dilled sour cream
paired with: Coyote’s Run Pinot Gris or Pommies FarmHouse Cider
Raspberry Wine Poached Ontario Pear
crème fraiche whipped with aged Danish blue cheese, candied spiced walnuts
paired with: Southbrook Farms Framboise
Coffee or Tea Service