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What’s Cookin’? Genisys Credit Union & Taste the Local Difference® partner to bring cooking demonstrations to local farmers markets

Genisys Credit Union is proud to announce a partnership with Taste the Local Difference® to bring “What’s Cookin’?” cooking demonstrations to Metro Detroit farmers markets this season. Each cooking demo will feature a unique recipe from a local chef with ingredients shoppers can find at the farmers market. Plus, market goers will get to enjoy samples of the dish and take home a recipe card. 

“We are excited to have a partner in Taste the Local Difference who shares the vision of educating and connecting communities to their local farmers and chefs,” said Jackie Buchanan, President and CEO of Genisys Credit Union. “Our hope is that this series will allow community members to see the importance of keeping a connection to home-grown food and become inspired to cook with local ingredients.” 

The cooking demonstrations will take place at the Ortonville, Troy, Rochester, and Royal Oak Farmers Markets starting in July and going through October. Find more information about the 13 scheduled demos at the Genisys Credit Union (@GenisysCU) and Taste the Local Difference (@localdifference) Facebook Pages under Events. 

“Food is the universal connector,” said Kelly Wilson, Director of Community Partners for Taste the Local Difference. “The goal of these demos is to inspire market shoppers’ culinary creativity while also connecting them to chefs, farmers, food producers and other eaters in their community. These relationships are the backbone of a healthy local food system and we’re so grateful for Genisys’ support in making these connections happen.” 

A special thank you to the local chefs who are dedicating their time to the demonstrations. Here are the confirmed chefs, so far: Gabriel Vera of Aratham Gourmet to Go, Le’Genevieve Squires and Brittiany Peeler of Relish, Johnny Prepolec of Alchemi, Matt Kelly of Parker Grant, Emma Donnay of Essence on Main, Laura Tokie, Petro Drakopoulos of Republica and Brujo, Omar Anani of Saffron de Twah, and Samuel VanBuren of Detroit Soul

About Genisys Credit Union: 

Genisys Credit Union is a not-for-profit, member-owned financial institution that has been committed to helping its members financially since 1936. Based out of Auburn Hills, MI, the credit union is the fourth largest in Michigan with over 225,000 members and 32 branch locations. With a highly competitive suite of products such as High Yield Genius Checking and Youth Savings Account as well as loans for small to mid-sized businesses, Genisys specializes in providing consumer and business financial solutions through its branches, a multi-channel contact center, and a variety of mobile and online banking services. Genisys has consistently received the highest 5-star Bauer Financial Rating for safety and soundness and in 2020 was the proud recipient of the Crystal Performance Award by Raddon, a Fiserv Company. Raddon evaluates credit unions based on performance metrics across service, member relationships, sales, and other areas. They are proud to be committed to their communities. Connect with Genisys on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok by following @genisyscu. For more information visit www.genisyscu.org 

About Taste the Local Difference®: 

Taste the Local Difference® is Michigan’s local food consulting, media and marketing agency. Their mission is to educate consumers about the value of local food, and support food and farming entrepreneurs in building successful, well-connected, and thoughtful businesses. Find local food at localdifference.org

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