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Food 411

  • Isabella Gourmet Foods 5 E Figueroa St Santa Barbara, CA 93101 US (map)

Food 411 is an 8-week, Registered Dietitian-led group to address your most pressing nutrition questions and maximize your overall well-being. Amy Isabella Chalker, RD, is the owner of Isabella Gourmet Foods and ran a private practice for 6 years in Santa Barbara before opening the shop. Join she and a carefully curated selection of highly qualified experts once a week to delve into a different current nutrition topics of interest. The group is geared toward participants, so come with your questions ready!

Participants will:
-Get accurate, science-based answers to questions in a safe setting
-Learn how to optimize and simplify day-to-day eating
-Gain new resources from expert panelists to maximize health
-Find a network of support for future nutrition management

The group runs for 8 consecutive Tuesday evenings beginning March 8th, 6:15pm-7:30pm, at Isabella Gourmet Foods. Each session is $25, payable weekly. Receive a 15% discount when you pre-register for all 8 sessions! For more information, please contact

Weekly topics (check back for schedule):

Nutrition 101 led by Amy Isabella Chalker, RD

  • How we determine what and how much we eat
  • Portion sizes and reading Nutrition labels
  • Metabolism
  • Dietary considerations for special diets (Vegetarian, Vegan, Paleo)

Vitamins & Supplements with special guest TBD

  • Assessing the need for taking vitamins and supplements
  • How to choose a good supplement
  • How supplements are regulated

Superfoods with special guest TBD

  • What is a "superfood" and why we consume them
  • Which superfoods are best for treating various health conditions
  • How superfoods can be prepared and served

Healthy Weight Management led by Amy Isabella Chalker, RD

  • Calorie-counting, food journaliing, and other popular dietary regimes
  • Intuitive eating
  • Fad Diets: Fact and Fiction

Auto-immune Disorders and Diet with special guest AnaMaria Herrera, Owner of From Chronic to Cure

  • Various auto-immune diseases and their effects on the body
  • Dietary choices 
  • Short-term vs. long-term fixes

Feeding Infants and Children in Emotionally and Behaviorally Healthy Ways led by Amy Isabella Chalker, RD and Amy W. Rice, MFT, MS, PhD

  • How to support children's eating intuition
  • Breastfeeding and infant feeding
  • Meal structure and boundaries
  • Weight Management in children

Celiac Disease/Gluten Sensitivity with special guest Courtney Robinson, RD

  • How to determine if a gluten-free diet is right for you
  • Resources for adhering to a gluten-free diet
  • Supplementation considerations for a gluten-free diet

Best Recipe Swap! 

  • Share your healthy/most popular recipes with the group
  • Learn how you can use Isabella Gourmet Foods products to create new and easy meals
  • Take the information you've learned over the past 7 weeks and find recipes that fit your needs