She is also a professional cooking instructor, founder of the online cooking school, Foodell.com, and co-founder of EATS with Ann Bloomquist.
EATS is an acronym for Eat Awesome Things at School and the organization was established last April.
"Our goal is to introduce healthier and better-tasting food into the school lunch program, and get the kids to eat it," Odell said during an interview with The Park Record. "We are working with the Park City School District's Kathleen Britton who is the director of the district's nutrition services."
Another way EATS will convey it's mission will be during the Park City Film Series' special free screening of Richard Chisolm's 2011 documentary "Cafeteria Man" at the Jim Santy Auditorium on Thursday, Oct. 24.
The hour-long film, featuring Tony Geraci, food-service director for public schools in Baltimore, Md., followed the changes within the school lunch program from unhealthy foods to healthy ones.
The screening will be more of an event, Odell said.
"Afterwards we will present a slideshow highlighting the Park City School District's lunch program and also host a panel discussion and a question and answer session," she said.
The panel will feature Britton, Ecker Middle School teacher Annie Wallace, dietician and speaker Kate Geagan and Julie Metos, chairwoman of the Division of Nutrition at the University of Utah.
"We will also hold an opportunity drawing after the discussion," Odell said. "Everyone who attends the film will receive a free drawing ticket upon arrival, although donations of any amount are welcome and encouraged."
The prizes will include a cheese-tasting class for four at A Local Table, a one-hour butchering class offered by PC Meat & Provisions and a catered dinner for eight prepared by Park City High School culinary students, supervised by Odell.
"Our goals are to get more community members involved in the EATS initiatives and raise a little seed money through donations," Odell said. "We also want to raise awareness of the issues that develop when kids don't eat a healthy lunch."
Those issues include attention deficit, lower cognitive ability and poor physical performance in sports.
"This year we have already had experts in nutrition and cooking go into classrooms to work directly with the students," Odell said. "We have hosted taste tests in the cafeterias for seasonal vegetables and encouraged every student to try it."
Also, the EATS program has introduced Utah-grown peaches and other fruit into the lunch line.
"We hope to continue to offer local fruits and vegetables throughout the year," Odell said.
In addition, EATS donated a vertical garden to Ecker Hill Middle School.
"We have a teacher, Annie Wallace, who has championed the planting and monitoring of the crops," Odell said. "If this goes well, we'd love to put indoor gardens in all of the schools."
When EATS was first established, the first thing the group did was learn about the school district's current school-lunch program.
"There are many common misconceptions about school lunch and people's first reaction is, 'yuck' or it's all junk food that is fatty and fried," Odell said. "However, there have been some major improvements here in the past five years."
Odell said Britton, who was recognized by Michelle Obama in her program to improve school lunches three years ago, has introduced whole grain pizza crusts and brown rice into the menu.
"Nothing is fried anymore and all the vending machines have been changed," Odell said. "There are no sugary soft drinks."
Odell said Bloomquist was the real catalyst of EATS.
"She and her family lived on a boat for 10 years, raising a child and traveling around the world," Odell said. "Overseas, you get food from the local venders and food markets and they bought all these great and healthy foods, and when they moved to Park City to live full time, she got interested in what her child was eating at school."
Bloomquist approached Odell earlier this year during the Park City Film Series' screening of another food/health documentary, "In Organic We Trust."
"Since I have taught cooking for 13 years, I was asked to be on a panel discussion for that event," Odell said. "Anne talked with me about the school lunch program, and that's how it all started."
EATS, Eating Awesome Things at School, will team with the Park City Film Series to host a free screening of "Cafeteria Man" at the Jim Santy Auditorium at the Park City Library and Education Center, 1255 Park Ave., on Thursday, Oct. 24, at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m. For more information, visit www.parkcityfilmseries.com.