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Upcoming Event: When the Flavor Fades: Culinary Professionals on Smell and Taste Loss

Upcoming Event: When the Flavor Fades: Culinary Professionals on Smell and Taste Loss

Hey there, Sensory Enthusiasts!

In a world where taste and aroma rule supreme, imagine the unimaginable – losing your sense of smell and taste. It's a sensory catastrophe that has struck millions worldwide, thanks to the formidable COVID-19. But, the consequences go far beyond mere sensory pleasure; they delve deep into emotional turmoil, depression, disordered eating, and isolation.

Now, let's take a closer look at a group that feels this loss doubly: our beloved culinary professionals. Even a temporary loss or alteration of these senses can be nothing short of a culinary nightmare for them. The fear of permanence? Absolutely crippling. And in the bustling kitchen, where the aroma of smoke and gas is a crucial alarm system, the stakes are even higher.

But here's the twist – while many have faced this challenge, only a few have dared to break through potential stigma and speak out about their experience. And guess what? We've got a spectacular event coming your way that sheds light on this remarkable journey!

**Rachel Herz, Ph.D., a renowned neuroscientist, author, and world-leading expert on the science of smell**, will be your guide through this sensory adventure. She'll lead you through a fascinating discussion about the impact of COVID and the loss of smell and taste on the culinary world, offering unique insights and scientific perspectives that will leave you truly captivated.

Now, let's talk about facts: did you know that taste and smell loss can lead to altered eating habits, mood swings, and feelings of isolation? It's a sensory symphony that plays a significant role in our daily lives, and its absence can be utterly life-changing.

This online presentation by our sister Nonprofit Organization, The World Taste & Smell Association, will be informative and truly captivating, moderated by the brilliant professor, author, and scientific expert Dr. Rachel Herz.

In this event, you'll get to hear firsthand accounts of the impact of COVID and smell and taste loss on the culinary world directly from these esteemed panelists:

👩‍🍳 **Jameeale Arzeno**, Chef/Founder of CHICpeas, hailing from the vibrant Bronx, New York.
👨‍🍳 **Hannah Cupples**, the Executive Chef at For Chef's Sake, where culinary magic happens in beautiful Colorado Springs, Colorado.
🍷 **Dan Davis**, the Wine Director at Commander's Palace, the culinary gem of New Orleans, Louisiana.
👩‍🍳 **Hannalee Pervan**, the Head Chef/Co-Owner of One House Bakery, nestled in the charming Benicia, California.

They'll take you on an extraordinary journey, from the moment they first realized their senses were slipping away to the invaluable lessons they've learned about resilience, flavor, healing, and the incredible power of speaking out.

This event promises to be a rare opportunity to gain insights into one of the most daunting challenges faced by culinary maestros. It's a chance to savor the stories of these brave individuals and discover the true essence of their remarkable journey.

But wait, there's more! This special online presentation is open to everyone interested in understanding the profound impact of smell and taste loss, especially in the challenging world of culinary arts.

Mark your calendars! The event will be hosted on Zoom and it's happening on **Thursday, October 19, at 11:00 AM (EST)**. And guess what? For those who can't make it live, don't fret; the presentation will be recorded and available exclusively to ticket holders.

Ready to embark on this sensory adventure? Tickets are just $25; a link will be sent to your inbox, granting you access before the scheduled event.

Don't miss out on this flavorful exploration into the culinary world's most unexpected challenge. Get your tickets now and join us for this special presentation!

See you there,
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