This is a meal months (and months) in the making, and we are thrilled that it’s just five days away on 1/25!
Partnership is the cornerstone of this event, and we are so thankful that many moons ago we met Ms. Amelia Lane and talked all things food, education, future, and possibility with her in a cozy booth at Dig a Pony. Since then, we’ve pondered two distinct iterations of this collaboration. With The Oregon Culinary Institute and Portland Culinary Alliance on board, we realized it was a brunch in which we wanted to pour our creativity and efforts.
It is thrilling to share the list of chefs involved with this benefit brunch, and moreover, offer our gratitude for their time, efforts, and ingredients:
Scott Dolich, Bent Brick; Alissa Frice, Frice Pastry; Emily Kohlhepp, Grüner; Eve DeNies, Trifecta Tavern and Bakery; Lisa Schroeder, Mother’s Bistro; Brian Flick, Pitch Dark Chocolate; Aaron Silverman; Tails and Trotters; and Amelia Lane and Matthew Barbee, Perfect Bake. Anh Lu from Tapalaya
Our event flyer too was reliant on the generosity of students from Alliance High School-Meek who produced a gorgeous vehicle to shout out about this event. Check it out, and get tickets here: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/brunch-with-benefits-a-fundraiser-for-the-curriculum-of-cuisine-tickets-14901871900
About once a month, we are moved to tears (of happiness, frustration, and honor) when we receive a
message from a fellow educator elsewhere in the country who is also asking themselves the same
questions we are about essential food/culinary education and students-- namely: Why isn't it
happening in schools--everywhere for every student? How can we fund it?
Why is this such a challenge?
Clearly, we are "in the process" of trying to answer (possibly, dissolve) those questions. While
we are at it, it sure is a gift to make community, connection, and comrades in this work across
This latest message arrived Friday--read on...
I am very interested in the curriculum you're implementing with your class.
I am an educator as well. I teach Special Education in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and
Virginia area. For a few years I've been plotting in my head to find out a way to get individuals excited
about their health and learning about it early on. I would love to be able to open up an active camp or something
that could get people, but more 18 and under moving around and learning about their health.
However, over the years of seeing how much kids (adults, people, anything living) LOVE food
and will go above and beyond to earn food I've decided I need to relate a little more and put
myself in their shoes and asked myself would I rather practice walking around the woods or would I like to learn to cook
a healthy delicious meal?
Hmm well, I'm sure you could guess what direction I took as I am writing this email to you.
As much as I love running and being outdoors I can see students falling in love with and
wanting to know more about cooking, eating healthy, and perhaps gardening.
This is also, something I find myself becoming deeply passionate about.
Anyways, I feel like this will turn into a lengthy email.
To get right to the point I would love to talk more with you and learn more about your process
and progress. Is there anyway I can make this happen?
My cell phone number.....
My email address is ....
An excited teacher, looking forward to your response,