About Rita


Rita Nader Heikenfeld, CCP, CMH*, is an award-winning syndicated journalist, inductee into Escoffier Hall of Fame, President’s  Medal ACF, Appalachian herbal scholar, accredited family herbalist, author, cooking teacher, media personality, motivational speaker and the founding editor of www.abouteating.com.

Rita writes a syndicated weekly column for Community Press Newspapers that reaches almost a quarter of a million people each week in Cincinnati, Ohio and Northern Kentucky. Her articles have been featured in USA Today, and her site was mentioned on the Today show.

She also about food, family, health and gardening for national publications.

Rita is Resident Herbalist for Fox 19 Morning Xtra, Natorp’s, and Granny’s Garden, and is listed in Who’s Who in the Midwest.  Rita is a former adjunct professor at The University of Cincinnati and can be found on Sacred Heart Radio. She is a member of the Herb Society of America and has presented nationally on herbs and healthy eating.

Rita lives “in the sticks” outside of Batavia, Ohio near Cincinnati with her family, where they heat with wood, raise chickens for eggs, and grow their own produce and herbs. She considers being a wife, mom and grand mom as her most important and meaningful “work”.

*CCP (Certified Culinary Professional) – The CCP (Certified Culinary Professional) designation is awarded by the International Association of Culinary Professionals to individuals who have demonstrated and maintain comprehensive knowledge of the culinary arts and sciences. Members include the late Julia Child and Francois Dionot.

*CMH (Certified Modern Herbalist) – An intensive program of study focusing on herbal practices and medicinal uses. Focusing on overall wellness through natural methods.

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