Denise Barratt, M.S., R.D., LDN, is the owner of Vine Ripe Nutrition, a food and nutrition counseling and education private practice in Asheville, NC.
Denise has been in the field of nutrition and dietetics for over 25 years. She has worked in public health, hospital and corporate wellness, nutrition research (one of these was the Women’s Health Initiative which was sponsored by the National Institutes of Health), higher education, and private practice. In 2006, Denise moved to Asheville, NC, and opened a private practice working with individuals, groups, and corporations. With her practice, Vine Ripe Nutrition, she has encouraged clients to cook more meals at home using seasonal, local ingredients. She has worked with local farmers to create on-the-farm cooking classes and local tailgate markets to do food demonstrations using seasonal ingredients. Denise also worked with a research study with Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and Duke University that looked at the effectiveness of members working with a registered dietitian.
In 2014, Denise published a book, Farm Fresh Nutrition: Eating Green and Clean. Supporting Local Farmers, which is part seasonal cookbook, history of the modern local food movement, research on the nutrition benefits of local foods, and an action plan how each person can nurture their own community’s local food movement. She has a food and nutrition blog on her website at Vine Ripe Nutrition which has a focus on fresh, seasonal foods.