Sunday, May 22, 2016

My Happy Food Revolution Day Events in Toronto...

So much excitement this past Friday celebrating Food Revolution Day with Real Food for Real Kids (RFRK)-- see my post for more on their incredible company, Northview Heights Secondary High School- their culinary program is a poster child for everything Food Revolution stands for (they held my last year's massive event of 1500 participants with Jamie Oliver joining in via video-conf), and a visit to a hands-on kids tasting workshop with The Rainbow Plate. The CHERRY on top, is that I have been featured on Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution News-- Yay! see:

The entire last week RFRK and I have collaborated in a "Cook for your Life" themed week for ‪#‎FoodRevolution‬ Day! Each day, mini-interviews were conducted with health industry influencers and advocates to build awareness about joining the ‪#‎RealFoodRevolution‬. Here are the complete interviews in this post.

Here championing ‪#‎foodrevolution‬ Day with Real Food For Kids (RFRK) in Toronto, Canada. "Together we can make a change. Change can mean getting your kids in the kitchen, supporting local food or inviting your loved ones around a table to enjoy good food, cooked from scratch." Here's to a happier and healthier tomorrow for all! 


Lunch Club Coaches around the GTA, rally behind Food Rev Day!

Lunch Club Coaches George and Debbi at John Fisher Public School

At Northview Heights Secondary School, their 400 enrolled grades 10 to 12 students (up from 200 last year) along with teachers, program assistants and student volunteers cook everything from scratch every day to make the lunch meals served in the school cafeteria — up to 1500 students! And their culinary program is hands-down amazing with a frequently updated student food blog to showcase all the great work! They spent a few days cookin' up Jamie's recipes, watching his videos and creating their own recipe variations for a school cookbook-- this organized by passionate chef Dimitra K!  

With the most notable Chef Janet Harvey 

In house grown sprouts which this keen fellow takes care of every day.

With Chef Martha Arima and Chef Justin Myles (runner up Chopped Canada first season)

Culinary students preparing lunch for the school cafeteria.

A variation of Jamie's simple pan-fried salmon with pesto veg
beet juice and pesto-marinated salmon fillets.

Students' prepared empanadas and jerk chicken that staff could purchase 
with funds going back in to support the program!

Harvesting school-site grown rhubarb!! Look at the size of those leaves!

Cooking up rhubarb stalks for rhubarb pie!

Culinary students brainstorming recipe ideas in the computer lab with Jamie's top ten cook for your life recipes. Here they are working on their version of Jamie's simple cheese omelet and Chef Dimitra K's blog showing the steps of how to build on the recipes. 

I love this creative student omelet recipe with mashed potatoes.

A version with Brie, Mushroom and Spinach Omelet

I ended my day with a visit to Flemington Public School to check out The Rainbow Plate's founder Janet Nezon's amazing workshop. A fresh approach to food education, her innovative hands-on classes teaches kids to use their five senses to learn about and to eat all the colours of the rainbow. That is my kind of interactive food education and what we call the spirit of 365 days of ‪#‎FoodRevolution‬!

Janet gather the kids around to discuss fruits, veggies and the colours of the rainbow.

Kids see, smell, touch and taste at each colour coded station and stamp their Rainbow Plate each time they tried a new produce or fruit! Oh what fun!

Over at Jamie's Italian Yorkdale, Julia Clabassi, their Marketing & Communications Coordinator tells me they hosted 20 elementary school who learned how to make a healthy breakfast using Jamie’s DIY Oaty Fruity Cereal recipe, followed by a behind the scenes tour of Jamie’s Italian, where they learned about fresh pasta and how Jamie’s Italian makes it onsite every day along with a demonstration at their pasta station. The children then sat down for lunch where they enjoyed two more of Jamie’s Food Revolution Recipes, classic tomato spaghetti and simple green salad with lemon dressing made by the chefs. ‪#‎foodrevolution‬ For more see Jamie's Italian Facebook album covering the event .

Photo Credit: Jamie's Italian

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