WBEZ | Healthy Schools Campaign http://www.wbez.org/tags/healthy-schools-campaign Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Student chefs to serve mayor lunch, compete nationally http://www.wbez.org/news/student-chefs-serve-mayor-lunch-compete-nationally-107559 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/CPS cooking.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>Five Chicago high school students are cooking up a gourmet lunch for Mayor Rahm Emanuel today, before they head to Washington D.C. to compete in a national cooking competition.</p><p>The &ldquo;Cooking up Change&rdquo; competition, put on by the Healthy Schools Campaign, asked students to create a meal using only ingredients available in their school cafeteria.</p><p>In November, Washington High School students took the top prize in the Chicago competition with a dish they call &ldquo;Chicken Rancheros, Elotes and Fruta de Tropico.&rdquo;</p><p>On Monday, they will go up against Bruce Randolph School (Denver, Colo.), Sandalwood High School (Jacksonville, Fla.), West Adams Prep (Los Angeles, Calif.), Craigmont High School (Memphis, Tenn.), Valley High School (Orange County, Calif.), Beaumont Career and Technical High School (St. Louis, Mo.) and The Career Center (Winston-Salem, N.C.).</p><p>Vanessa Arnold, a junior at Washington High School, said it took a lot of experimentation to come up with a winning dish.</p><p>&ldquo;We started off with a bunch of things that we didn&rsquo;t know what we were doing with and we really didn&rsquo;t like,&rdquo; Arnold said. &ldquo;This is our home cooking, this is from our culture. We took what we thought we knew best and made it into something that we wanted and we liked and we thought other people would like in our lunchroom.&rdquo;</p><p>Her classmate, Mariana Nava, also a junior, said the limited ingredient list was a challenge.</p><p>&ldquo;It was hard because you can&rsquo;t use salt or butter and everything tastes good with butter, but it doesn&rsquo;t always have to be a fat to be good,&rdquo; Nava said.</p><p>Both Nava and Arnold want to go to culinary school when they graduate, but they said the culinary program at Washington is popular among a lot of students.&nbsp;</p><p>&ldquo;Everybody has to eat and you&rsquo;re going to learn how to do it the right way here,&rdquo; Arnold said. &ldquo;Even if you don&rsquo;t want to do this for the rest of your life, you have this behind you in order to do anything that you want.&rdquo;</p><p>CPS offers culinary arts programs in 20 of the city&rsquo;s high schools serving about 2,200 students. About 85 percent of students who go through the program end up in industry-related careers or go on to post-secondary education, said David Blackmon, the head of CPS&rsquo;s Hospitality and Culinary Arts programs..</p><p>He said students who go through the three-year program get the chance to work in some of the city&rsquo;s top restaurants, including Rick Bayless&rsquo; Frontera Grill and Bill Kim&rsquo;s Urban Belly, and annually, students receive about $1 million in scholarships to attend culinary schools, iincluding&nbsp; Le Cordon Bleu, Washburne Culinary Institute and The Culinary Institute of America.</p><p>The winning recipes created by students at Washington and other high schools across the country will also be served at the U.S. House of Representatives cafeteria next week.</p><p><em>Becky Vevea is a WBEZ education reporter. Follow her <a href="http://twitter.com/WBEZeducation" target="_blank">@WBEZeducation</a>.</em></p></p> Thu, 06 Jun 2013 07:51:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/student-chefs-serve-mayor-lunch-compete-nationally-107559 Eat this, drink that: Hurricane Sandy relief, hail stone soup and more http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2012-11/eat-drink-hurricane-sandy-relief-hail-stone-soup-and-more-103740 <p><p style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/louisachu/7071318617/"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/soupbreadchili_0.jpg" style="height: 413px; width: 620px;" title="Vegetarian chili with sour cream by Mare Swallow at Soup &amp; Bread &amp; Pie 2012 (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></a></p><p><u><strong>Friday, November 09</strong></u></p><p><a href="http://www.healthyschoolscampaign.org/">Healthy Schools Campaign</a>&nbsp;kicks off their season with&nbsp;<a href="http://healthyschoolscampaign.org/event/cookingupchange/2012/flagship/">Cooking up Change</a> at the <a href="http://bridgeportart.com/">Bridgeport Art Center</a>. The student/mentor cooking contest/benefit dinner includes OON&#39;s Matt Eversman with Team Chicago Vocational Career Academy (see them make&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wgntv.com/news/middaynews/wgntv-lunchbreak-baked-cajun-mac-and-cheese-20121105,0,940363.story">baked Cajun mac &#39;n&#39; cheese</a>);&nbsp;Frontera Grill&#39;s Sarai Rosales with Team North-Grand High School; The Gage&#39;s Dirk Flanigan with Team Tilden Career Community Academy; and many more. Judges include NAHA&#39;s Carrie Nahabedian, Ina&rsquo;s Ina Pinkney, Piccolo Sogno&#39;s Tony Priolo and more. Admission $100.</p><p><u><strong>Saturday, November 10</strong></u></p><p><a href="https://www.facebook.com/CulinaryHistoriansOfChicago?fref=ts">Chicago Foodways Roundtable</a> presents <a href="http://www.wbez.org/julias-cats-julia-child%E2%80%99s-life-company-cats-103393">Julia&#39;s Cats: Julia Child&#39;s Life in the Company of Cats</a>&nbsp;at&nbsp;<a href="http://www.kendall.edu/">Kendall College</a>.&nbsp;&quot;A house without a cat is like a day without sunshine, a pie without&nbsp;<em>fromage</em>, a dinner without wine,&quot; said Julia.&nbsp;Evanston-based author of the book <em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1419702750?ie=UTF8&amp;creativeASIN=1419702750&amp;tag=lklchu-20">Julia&#39;s Cats</a>,&nbsp;</em>Therese Burson, will discuss&nbsp;Julia and Paul&#39;s first kitteh in Paris, Minette, all their kittehs in France and their kittehs back to California.<em> <a href="http://chocolateandzucchini.com/archives/2007/08/green_tea_cats_tongues.php">Langues de chat </a></em><a href="http://chocolateandzucchini.com/archives/2007/08/green_tea_cats_tongues.php">(cat&#39;s tongues)</a>, the French butter cookies, will be served. Just when you thought you knew <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2012-08/happy-100th-julia-udderly-delicious-101727">everything about Julia</a>.&nbsp;This event will be recorded for WBEZ&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/chicago-amplified"><em>Chicago Amplified</em></a>. Admission $3, FREE for Kendall students and faculty with ID.</p><p><u><strong>Monday, November 12</strong></u></p><p>Food editors <a href="https://twitter.com/heathersper">Heather Sperling</a> of <em>Tasting Table</em> and <a href="https://twitter.com/ChandrasPlate">Chandra Ram</a> of <em>Plate</em> host&nbsp;<a href="http://foodtrivia.eventbrite.com/">Food + Trivia, a Night of Cutthroat Competition Benefitting Hurricane Sandy Relief Efforts</a> at <a href="http://sonowoodfired.com/">Sono Wood Fired Pizzeria</a>. Eat antipasti, wood-fired pizzas, charcuterie, cheese and gelati while battling through culinary trivia to win the grand prize: a gift certificate to Sono and neighboring Burger Bar Chicago. Plus play against chefs, including Jared Van Camp (Old Town Social, Nellcôte, and RM) to win an edible prize. One hundred percent of the ticket sales benefit <a href="http://www.redcross.org/templates/render/render.jsp?pageId=11400031&amp;scode=RSG00000E017&amp;subcode=paiddonationsbrand&amp;gclid=CLDppYHNurMCFe5FMgod5B0AjA">Red Cross Hurricane Sandy Disaster Relief</a>. Admission $30.</p><p><u><strong>Tuesday, November 13</strong></u></p><p>The&nbsp;<a href="http://www.chicagosfoodbank.org/site/PageServer">Greater Chicago Food Depository</a> collects for their annual <a href="http://www.chicagosfoodbank.org/site/Calendar/2059450574?view=Detail&amp;id=111401&amp;whence=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.chicagosfoodbank.org%2Fsite%2FPageServer%3Fpagename%3Devnt_cal%26AddInterest%3D1041">Union Station Food Drive</a> in the <a href="http://www.chicagounionstation.com/">Great Hall</a>. Food Depository volunteers will hand out grocery bags on Tuesday evening from 4 to 7 p.m. to return filled on Wednesday morning from 5 to 7 a.m. The most needed items are beans, canned fruit, canned vegetables, cereal, chili, jelly, macaroni and cheese, pasta, pasta sauce, peanut butter, rice, shelf-stable milk, soup, stew and tuna. Or simply <a href="http://www.chicagosfoodbank.org/site/PageServer?pagename=diff_donate">donate funds now</a>. Admission FREE, but donate food and drink.</p><p><u><strong>Wednesday, November 14</strong></u></p><p><a href="http://soupandbread.net/calendar/">Soup &amp; Bread</a>&nbsp;at the <a href="http://www.garfieldconservatory.org/shows.htm">Garfield Park Conservatory</a>&nbsp;benefits the <a href="http://www.garfield-conservatory.org/about_us.htm">Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance</a> and <a href="http://www.breakthrough.org/">Breakthrough Urban Ministries</a>. Lula&#39;s Jason Hammel will serve a special Hail Stone Soup Homage inspired by the hail stones of the <a href="http://www.garfieldconservatory.org/one_pane_at_a_time.htm">June 2011 storm</a>. Other soup chefs and their conservatory inspirations include the <em>Chicago Reader</em>&#39;s Mike Sula and Fern Room fiddleheads; City Provisions&#39; Cleetus Friedman and the beehives and honey; Fulton Street Garden&#39;s Angela Taylor and Desert House prickly pear and agave; <em>Gapers Block</em>&#39;s Cinnamon Cooper and the Sun Room cinnamon tree; <em>Graze Magazine</em>&#39;s Cyndi Fecher and Palm House plantains; Hoosier Mama&#39;s Allison Stout and the Palm House coconut palm; Inspiration Kitchens&#39; David Rosenthall and Fern Room turtles; Mana&#39;s Jill Barron and Palm House ginger plants; Slow Food Chicago&#39;s Megan Larmer the Children&#39;s Garden lime tree; Swim Café&#39;s Karen Gerod and the papaya tree; and West Town Tavern&#39;s Susan Goss and the Palm House chocolate tree. BYO soup cup or borrow one there. Admission $5 suggested donation, FREE for GPCA Members.</p><p><u><strong>Thursday, November 15</strong></u></p><p>The <a href="http://thefoodfilmfestival.com/">Chicago Film Food Festival</a> kicks off with <a href="http://thefoodfilmfestival.com/farm-film-table/">Farm to Film to Table</a> at <a href="http://www.kendall.edu/">Kendall College</a>, hosted by and benefitting <a href="http://www.thegoodfoodproject.org/">The Good Food Project</a>. This annual event has become the ultimate dinner and a movie series, premiering this year with an evening of sustainable dishes and wine including &quot;<a href="http://vimeo.com/46234798">French Fries + Ice Cream</a>&quot;, with food by&nbsp;<a href="http://elideas.com/">EL Ideas</a>&nbsp;chef/owner Phillip Foss and film by <a href="http://vimeo.com/potluckcreative">Potluck Creative</a> &mdash; and much more. Admission $45 general, $65 VIP.</p></p> Fri, 09 Nov 2012 05:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2012-11/eat-drink-hurricane-sandy-relief-hail-stone-soup-and-more-103740