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Chefs and dietitians join forces

Frustrated by what felt like an eternal and often losing battle to find food in markets and restaurants to accommodate the dietary challenges of her extended family’s various medical conditions, Newton resident Harriet Diamond founded Foodicine Health. The year-old nonprofit helps patients with specific chronic medical conditions or food allergies figure out how to eat within newly prescribed meal programs. On Oct. 10 Foodicine Health will launch its first Celebrity Chef Cooking Series for Special Diets.

The seven-part series ($45 per session), will pair chefs with dietitians from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Boston, Joslin Diabetes Center, and Children’s Hospital Boston to educate audiences about cooking and dining out if they have to avoid certain foods. Each two-hour class will include a demo and tasting, along with a dietitian’s talk. On Oct. 10, at the Boston Public Market, Tiffani Faison of Sweet Cheeks Q will address cooking for diabetes diets. The remaining sessions on Oct. 24 to Jan. 9, 2016, at the Seaport Hotel Boston Action Kitchen, will cover gluten-free diets, food allergies, and heart, kidney, and blood pressure health, led by William Kovel of Catalyst Restaurant in Cambridge, Dave Becker of Sweet Basil in Needham, and Juniper in Wellesley, Tony Maws of Craigie on Main in Cambridge and The Kirkland Tap & Trotter in Somerville, Frank McClelland of L’Espalier in Boston, and La Brasa in Somerville, and Derek Barragan of W Hotel. Says Diamond, “These chefs enthusiastically jumped on board.” Foodicine Health schedule and tickets at www.eventbrite.com and www.foodicinehealth.org ANDREA PYENSON