Free Educational Events at Dean’s Natural Food Market


Since 1996, Dean’s Natural Food Market has proven to be more than a health food store featuring the highest-grade organic foods and natural products from the farm to your table. Dean’s displays innovation and foresight in health and food related trends; in 2013 the company instated a Non-GMO Policy that actively educated the public about genetically-modified organisms, while providing as many non-GMO options as possible. Dean’s also supports New Jersey’s local community, which becomes apparent when perusing the aisles at any one of their four locations in Ocean, Shrewsbury, Basking Ridge, or Chester. Dozens of local products can be purchased at Dean’s, including Jar Goods Tomato Sauce from Hoboken, Papa Ganache from Matawan, and Love Beets from Vineland.

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This fall, Dean’s is hosting an array of free cooking and health classes that focus on specialized topics, and are instructed by leading professionals in the health, wellness, and culinary fields. Learn how to perfect your Thanksgiving turkey, discover how to utilize food for medicinal purposes, or get the lowdown on what GMO’s actually are. Registration is free, and as simple as filling out a basic online form. There is always something interesting and educational happening at Dean’s, and here at NJMOM, we are excited about spreading the word to our readers about these free opportunities to learn something new.

Free Events at Dean’s Natural Market

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Free Class: GMOs 101
Wednesday, October 12 at 6:00PM

What are GMO’s anyway? We’re breaking it down with GMO-Free NJ as part of our Non-GMO Month education program. Come learn what GMOs are, how they affect our food supply, and why we should avoid them.
Dean’s Natural Food Market, Shrewsbury
490 Broad Street, Shrewsbury, NJ 07702
Click here to register for free


Free Cooking Class: Vegan Thanksgiving
Wednesday, October 12 at 6:00PM

Looking to have a vegan Thanksgiving? Join plant-based health and wellness expert Jessica Jarmer as she shows us how to prepare vegan versions of your favorite Thanksgiving foods.
Dean’s Natural Food Market, Ocean
1119 Highway 35, Ocean, NJ 07712
Click here to register for free

08916b_359503d25df8430ea0d8cc41e14f13e0mv2Movie Screenings:
SEED – The Untold Story

SEED: The Untold Story follows passionate seed keepers protecting our 12,000 year-old food legacy. As biotech chemical companies control the majority of our seeds, farmers, scientists, lawyers, and indigenous seed keepers fight a David and Goliath battle to defend the future of our food.
Thursday, October 20 at 7:30PM
Bernardsville Cinema 3: 5 Mine Brook Road, Bernardsville, NJ 07924
Tuesday, October 25 at 7:30PM
Red Bank Theatre: 36 White Street, Red Bank, NJ 07701
Click here to purchase tickets


Minal Vazirani, MD, DABP, DABIM, DABOIM is a triple board certified pediatrician, internist, and integrative medicine physician. Her passions include educating and empowering her patients about functional medicine, ayurvedic medicine, and food as medicine.

Free Class: Using Food As Medicine
Wednesday, October 26 at 6:00PM

Come join us as Dr. V educates us about integrative and functional medicine concepts around using Food and Nutrition to help Optimize Health. She will take us on a whirlwind tour of the healing and medicinal properties of various foods and spices from around the world. Fasten your seat belts, this is a talk not to be missed! Dr. V is a sought after speaker both locally and nationally, and her knowledge – filled lectures always fill up fast, so make sure to pre-register as soon as possible to ensure your spot!
Dean’s Natural Food Market, Chester 
Streets of Chester Shopping Center
270 Route 206 S. Chester, NJ 07930
Click here to register for free


Free Cooking Class: How to Cook The Perfect Turkey

Whether you’re making your first Thanksgiving turkey or just need a refresher on the basics, Dean’s own executive chef, Scott Sleckman, will be sharing easy step-by-step instructions for how to cook a the perfect turkey.
November 11, 2016 at 6:00PM
270 US-206, Chester, NJ 07930
November 18, 2016 at 6:00PM
490 Broad St, Shrewsbury, NJ 07702
Click here to register for free


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Chelsea is a freelance writer and photographer based in the kid-friendly community of Asbury Park, and she loves sharing tips and news about this cultural beach town with NJMOM readers. When she's not discovering new bike trails, playing in her handbell choir, or reading on the beach, Chelsea works as a Children's Library Associate at a public library. You can catch her out in Asbury Park watching her husband play drums with talented local artists - be sure to come say hello!