You really need to watch this video!
The only thing that the Kitchen Sage will do is burn culinary, communication, and leadership skills into our kids’ heads!!! I have to tell you that I think that the best thing Kitchen Sage has done so far is to introduce me to Paul Baumgartner. Paul has really propelled this mission and has REALLY made it his own! I know that Kitchen Sage has some amazing people on our Board of Advisors, but Paul is really Kitchen Sage’s Mentor! I really look forward to our first set of classes this July, so I can show you in better depth of the type of food Paul and his team serve our kids! Keep in mind that it is not only the GRPS kids they feed, but a total of 22,000 throughout the area as well. Could you imagine feeding that many kids let alone 3-4 times a day?! I am exhausted just thinking about it! This is what the kids ate May 15, 2013:
Bacon, Egg, and Cheese Breakfast
AND Everyday they can just grab cereal, string cheese, yogurt, fruit, OJ and Milk
Turkey wrap with Spinach(The wrap is made in Michigan)
Sweet Potato Puff
Michigan Asparagus Spears
Ice Cold Milk
And everyday they have several fresh options PLUS a garden of veggies and fruit that they can eat until their hearts and bellies content!
Pretty AWESOME if you ask me! No wonder Paul is our best friend! Now we can show these kids that is is NOT so hard to fuel the body with real, fresh, and local products.
Hitting the Books and YOU!
I think one of the best parts of the curriculum is that each student needs to complete ServSafe. ServSafe is a 3 YEAR certification for safe food handling procedures. Basically this is a killer marketable accreditation! With a ServSafe certificate, our students have a better-than-good chance of employment. The opportunity is not limited to our partnerships with all our restaurant friends either! Hospitals, food production facilities, and even charities seek to have staff that are already ServSafe certified. The Health Department appreciates it when you have at least one ServSafe employee on each shift. This is not free, even though we have our GREAT friend Jennifer Laninga from GRPS nutritional center teaching the course for free, the books are still $75 a piece!
I know, ridiculous! But 75 bucks to help cure ignorance is cheap! At least we only need 24 books! How can you help? I am so glad you asked! If I could get 24 of my friends to buy just one book, we would be all set. So please if you can make this happen, not only would I appreciate it, I could even buy you lunch at Cafe Stella! That way when the books come in, we could have lunch and you could write a little note in the cover like,”Hey kid, keep it clean!” or even,”Don’t get anyone sick!!”. The reasoning behind you signing the book is that ALL our Kitchen Sagers need to know that we ALL have their backs, but they have to put in the effort too! Who knows, one of your notes could be our next bumper sticker!
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