Sacramento’s Top Chefs Cook it Up With Students | Food and Drink
(SACRAMENTO) - The inaugural Fresh Producers “Ready, Set, Kids…Cookoff” competition will bring renowned Sacramento culinary artists Patrick Mulvaney, Noah Zonca and John Bays together to work with student teams in preparing a meal for celebirty judges Edie Lambert, Phil Serna and Jay Schenirer.
On October 21st from 2-5 pm, students who have been learning about nutrition and entrepreneurship in the Fresh Producers program at Oak Ridge Elementary, Will C. Wood Middle and Hiram Johnson High School will demonstrate their skills and knowledge during a fall food fair in Oak Park. The chefs, from Mulvaney’s B&L, The Kitchen and Red Rabbit, are excited about the opportunity to work with youngsters and to share their love of local fresh foods and the art of preparation.
Six teams will use locally grown produce and other products to try to please the palates of the judges and show everyone attending how competent kids can be in the kitchen. No tickets are needed for the general public and while there won’t be enough prepared food to go around for everyone, there will be plenty of other healthy food options from food trucks and other vendors, as well as entertainment.
Fresh Producers are youth generating wealth from health by making healthy fundraising a way of life. Through the work of the non-profit of the same name, hundreds of students have become nutrition educators and produce marketers, delivering hundreds of thousands of servings of fresh fruits and vegetables, while gaining business and workforce skills along with nutritional and financial literacy.
In a pilot morning fitness program at the end of the past school year, funded by a grant from the Kelly Foundation, Fresh Producers inspired 60 students at Peter Burnett Elementary to join in exercise and nutrition education, increased breakfast participation 13% in just three weeks, and demonstrated the power of healthy fundraising by helping the PTA raise $200 in two weeks for new P.E. equipment.
The California Endowment has been a major supporter of Fresh Producers as part of the Endowment’s South Sacramento Building Healthy Communities initiative, and the organization is part of the strategic plan for WayUp Sacramento, Councilman Schenirer’s program to improve the well-being of residents in his district. Additional support has come from sponsors including Rabo Bank, U.S. Bank and Wells Fargo and AT&T.
Source: The Fresh Producers
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