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Houston Chapter Archived Projects
Recipe for Success Foundation Chefs in Schools Program Education, Advocacy
The Houston Chapter actively supports Recipe for Success foundation, an organization committed to combating childhood obesity by connecting children with their food. RFS builds school gardens and engages elementary aged students in hands on gardening and cooking experiences. Houston Dames volunteer through the RFS Chefs in Schools program where they adopt an elementary class for the school year are actively involved in teaching seasonal cooking classes with their group on a monthly basis. In addition to hosting restaurant field trip opportunities for their class, Houston Dames also regularly participate in special events and fundraisers to help support the mission. In 2011, the Houston Chapter sponsored weekly after school classes at MacGregor Elementary in Houston. If it wasn’t for the dames, the elementary school would have not been able to continue with their after school gardening and cooking program.
Barbara McKnight making lettuce wraps with her 4th graders
Barbara McKnight on the White House Lawn at the Chefs Moves to School launch
Chara Gafford talking to her class
Claire Smith teaching 4th graders how to make fruit kabobs
Molly Kiminski teaching a class for the Peanut Association
Barbara McKnight harvesting with 4th graders
Chara Gafford cooking with 4th graders
Grace Cavnar cooking with 4th graders
Claire Smith on a restaurant field trip
Recipe for Success Education
Many Houston Dames volunteer countless hours with the Recipe for Success Foundation delivering hands on cooking classes with harvests from the school recipe gardens. Dame, Gracie Cavnar is the founder and CEO of this organization that provides Seed-to-Plate Education (TM) to thousands of children each month. Website: www.recipe4success.org.
Please visit The Gallery (click here) to view photos of Dames all working in Recipe for Success kitchen classrooms or gardens, or hosting field trips to their restaurants.
Cook's Corner at Bayou City Farmer's Market Education, Advocacy, Philanthropy
Houston Dames are busy on weekends manning the Cook's Corner at the Bayou City Farmer's Market managed by Dame Jacquie Miller. Dames create recipes using local, seasonally available produce, meats, eggs and cheese and hand out samples and recipes to inspire shoppers. In addition to making and handing out delicious samples, Houston Dames sell the Mary Nell Reck cookbook Flavors of Life with the funds going to culinary scholarships.
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