Monthly Archives: March 2013

Download the 2013 Culinary Boot Camp Training Guide

Here you can download the Orfalea Foundation’s School Food Initiative 2013 Culinary Boot Camp Training Guide we’ll be using this summer. Please subscribe to this blog to receive notification when we post the updated guide Read more

Coming Next Week: Live Blogging from Culinary Boot Camp!

All next week we’ll be live-blogging from the School Food Initiative’s Culinary Boot Camp in Lompoc, California. Stay tuned to learn why you shouldn’t wash raw chicken, why you should always calibrate your kitchen thermometer, Read more

The fruits of their labor. REACH students sit down to enjoy the meal they shopped for, prepped, and cooked.

REACH Students Pursue Food Literacy

Students in the Orfalea Foundation’s REACH Youth Development Program have spent weeks in the wilderness learning self-confidence and self-reliance, participated in college tours to better plan their educational future, received first-aid training to competently deal with emergencies, Read more

The Right Tools for the Job

Bringing real food back to schools often requires the rebuilding of kitchens systematically dismantled over the past forty years. That’s why, in addition to our work on food literacy, garden-based learning, public policy, environmental understanding, Read more

REACH Students Pursue Food Literacy

Students in the Orfalea Foundation’s REACH Youth Development Program have spent weeks in the wilderness learning self-confidence and self-reliance, participated in college tours to better plan their educational future, received first-aid training to competently deal Read more

School Food Initiative Director to Join Panel at Free Santa Barbara Screening of New Hunger Documentary

On March 23rd from 6pm-8pm, Congresswoman Lois Capps and Jeff Bridges are hosting a screening of the new documentary “A Place at the Table” at Antioch University . The film talks about hunger in America Read more

Adventurous Eaters (and a Chef) in the Garden

In recognition of Wellness Week at Monroe Elementary School in Santa Barbara, Orfalea Foundation Chef-Instructor Claud Mann and kindergarten teacher Julia Bowen arranged a surprise for the student body. Chef Claud set up a demonstration Read more

School and District Teamwork Brings a Sub to the Surface

The Meatball Sub is a big hit with kids. And before you ask whether French Fries are appropriate school food, we should tell you that those are Jicama sticks, and the kids love them! Kermit Read more

He Tried It. He Liked It.

School Food Chef Instructor Naomi Serizawa shared this story: “On Tuesday, the first day of the Goleta Union School District’s Health Fair for fifth-graders, a student  came up to the Healthy Snack table and said, Read more

Breakfast in the Classroom at La Cumbre Junior High

We’ll be posting a lot more about breakfast in the classroom, but in the meantime, here’s a news report from last year that explains some of the advantages for students and educators.