Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Summer 2014 Final Dinner!

Our final dinner was a huge hit! 
All of our friends, family, and folks who supported us throughout the summer gathered at the FoodWhat farm to celebrate the summer with us, ending the program on a perfect note. 




We kicked the night off with a warm welcome to our guests and giving huge props to the FoodWhat crew for completing the summer program. Celebrating such amazing accomplishments meant an equally amazing meal, made from ingredients mostly grown by the FoodWhat crew themselves. All of our hard work brought veggie lasagna, spicy string beans, and bountiful salad to the table.






With full bellies, we heard some personal testimonies from our team. We heard stories of new inspiration from attending the RIC Conference (Rooted in Community) in New Mexico, healthier lifestyles, and improved work ethic. We celebrated our summer growth with warm berry crumble for dessert.




Next up, we gave huge thanks to those who supported us throughout the program. Huge shout outs went to the FoodWhat Staff, Junior staff, and all of our supporters from the extended community joining us that night.



Then it was our turn to look back on the work we did throughout the summer with a rad slideshow to give our friends and family a peak into the incredible work we did over the summer. Abby and Roanna handed out cookbooks with all of our photos from the year to look back on our experiences and keep cooking FoodWhat style at home. Leo, Abby, Roanna, and Doron gave props to each individual on the crew for goals they had accomplished and the personal strengths they brought to the team as a whole. With a last congratulations, Roanna presented everyone with their fall job to continue working as part of the FoodWhat team with a more specialized position come September.




Congratulations to the 2014 Summer Crew!


Monday, August 4, 2014

Learn about our BLASTS!


Once a week during the summer program, the FoodWhat Crew participates in a BLAST.  You might be wondering... what is a BLAST?  Well each Wednesday, we go to a different school or community garden and help fix up the gardens.  This is especially helpful for schools that do not have garden staff over the summer; when the kids come back in the fall, the garden is not totally over grown and unruly! 


"Knowing we can help out is definitely an honor." -Miguel





So far this summer, we have "BLASTED" at: Bay View Elementary, Pajaro Valley High, Mesa Verde in Watsonville, Pacific Elementary, DeLaveaga Elementary, Costanoa High, Branciforte Middle School, and Bonny Doon Elementary.

Here are some examples of before and afters:







Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Cooking with local chefs!

Every Tuesday and Thursday, we partner with a local professional chef for the summer program.  Using the produce we harvest at the farm, the youth make lunch with the different chefs.  With each guest chef, the crew learn more recipes and improve on their cooking skills as well.



Here are a couple of guests chefs we've had during the summer program:

Adriana Sierra is a personal chef and caterer for her business Organic in Home Cooking; she specializes in cooking for people with food allergies and dietary restrictions.  Adriana truly believes that in order to be healthy, you need to be conscious of everything you put into your body, starting with food.  Adriana showed us how to make pasta salad! 








 
Eduardo Macotto has always been passionate about the culinary arts.  He is currently the executive chef for the Hilton in Scotts Valley.  Eduardo also likes to create tasty meals using fresh, local ingredients.  During his visit, Eduardo taught us how to make asian inspired lettuce wraps!