Chefs in the Classroom

Edible Education in the Okanagan

Educating children in our community about how to grow, prepare and eat local foods!

Volunteer in 2019!

Start Fresh Fundraising Dinner – Sunday,  Feb. 10

This Sunday, Start Fresh is hosting a fundraising dinner that will help us bring a new school into the program. Pearson Elementary School, in Kelowna, is one of the most culturally diverse schools in the Okanagan.  The student body includes Syrian, Arabic, East Indian and Aboriginal children.  With diversity comes the need for a unique approach to teaching children how to grow, prepare and eat healthy local foods, with an added ethnic twist!

Through the support of the Start Fresh fundraising dinner, community partners, the parents and faculty at Pearson Elementary, Chefs in the Classroom – edible education will be able to expand into two additional classrooms, bringing our eat local, support local food message to these eager students.

About Us

Modelled after other successful edible education classes all over North America, Chefs in the Classroom – edible education is unique in that it is an Okanagan inspired, hands-on curriculum with links to our Aboriginal community and practices. The highlight of the 6-lesson course is a field trip to a working farm with lunch hosted by our chefs and volunteer teams.

The Okanagan Chefs Association launched a new initiative entitled ‘Chefs in the Classroom – edible education’ in Spring 2016.

What We Do

Our Goals

  1. To introduce children to farming and gardening best-practices in our community.
  2. To successfully continue to operate an Okanagan-based edible education project.
  3. Engage and inspire children through hands on and interactive real-life experiences.

Lesson 1

Introduction – Planting a Garden and Nutrition. Students will learn how to plant seeds in containers for a garden.

Lesson 2

Vegetables! Students will learn about tasty vegetable options and why it is important to eat foods that are grown locally, rather than shipping them.

Lesson 3

Thinning, Transplanting, Composting and Cooking! Students learn more about garden care and we use some of our tomatoes to make a yummy sauce.

 

Lesson 4

Vegetables and Cooking – Students learn the differences between raw and cooked vegetables. We’ll also see how the gardens are growing.

Lesson 5

Herbs and Flavour Combinations – We explore the world of herbs and learn how a  combination of herbs with fruit or vegetables can enhance the flavour of our food.

 

Lesson 6

Students learn about the variety of fruits grown locally, how and when they are grown, and flavour differences between raw and cooked fruit.

Lesson 7

Farm Field and Graduation!

Our last lesson will include a farm field trip to a local farm, a farm tour, lunch, and graduation ceremony.

Our Menus

These are just some of the awesome recipes that our students will be making over the course of the Chefs in the Classroom program!

Okanagan Start Smart Smoothie

  • 1 cup Yogurt
  • 1 cup Spinach
  • 1 whole Apple (peeled and cored)
  • 1/2 cup Kale
  • 1 cup Berries – your choice (fresh or frozen)
  • 1/2 cup Ice

Add all ingredients to the blender and puree until smooth. Enjoy!

Makes about 2-3 servings

Mama Mia! Pasta Sauce

  • 10 Tomatoes (local), diced
  • 1 Yellow Onion, small dice
  • 1 Carrot, small dice
  • 1 Celery, small dice
  • 1 Bell Pepper, small dice
  • 1 Garlic Clove, small dice
  • 1-2 tsp Olive Oil
  • Fresh Herbs from garden
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Pasta of your choice

Wash and chop vegetables. In a pot, heat olive oil. Cook onion until softened. Add carrot, celery, bell pepper, and garlic. Add tomato. Cook until vegetables are soft, but not too mushy.

You may choose to blend, or leave your sauce chunky. Season with salt and pepper. Pour over cooked pasta!

 

Our Sponsors

Chefs in the Classroom – edible education would not be possible without the generous support of the following organizations.

Our Little Chefs

Register Your Class

Each year, we have dozens of classrooms apply to be part of the Chefs in the Classroom program, but we only have so many volunteers and resources to go around. Our 2019 classrooms are confirmed and enrollment for the 2019/2020 school year will open in September 2019. Please sign up for our newsletter below to be informed of application timelines.

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