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FEBRUARY 2016 LANCE FEGEN OPENS HIS HEART MAKE BREAKFAST BOLD & BEAUTIFUL A CULINARY COURSE FOR HIGH SCHOOLERS COUNTING CHICKENS IN KINDERGARTEN VEGOUT! BRANCHES OUT NATIONWIDE

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CALENDAR FEBRUARY 13-14 & 20-21 Heart of the Home Tour in Afton Oaks benefitting Recipe for Success Foundation. Buy tickets!

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Heart of the Home Dinner with Chef Ryan Pera & Morgan Weber benefitting Recipe for Success Foundation. Buy VIP tickets!

MARCH 1 THROUGH MARCH 31

VegOut! 30 Ways in 30 Days Challenge participate in the annual call to action, eat 30 different vegetables within the month and log them with our Veggie Tracker and Mobile App, win prizes, register now at vegoutwithrfs.org.

MARCH 3, 6PM Dress for Dinner with Rubin Singer at Neiman Marcus. Tickets $50 for Fashion Show only or $350 for both the show and Dinner with the Designer. Buy Now! MARCH 4, 5-8PM (ALSO APRIL 1)

RecipeHouse Date Night Cooking Class. Join us!

MARCH 7, 4-6PM Chef Surprise, an intimate, unconventional evening with Houston guest Chefs preparing a memorable dinner. Join us! MARCH 8, 4-6PM RecipeHouse CSA class. Join us! MARCH 26, 11AM - 4PM Bayou Greenway Day 2016. Come see us as we celebrate Houston’s Bayou Greenways at T.C. Jester Park along White Oak Bayou Greenway in the day full of activities and fun for the whole family. MAY 19, 7PM

10th Anniversary Celebration-Delicious Alchemy: The Banquet. 100 lucky guests will dine on the ultimate, sumptuous ten-course Banquet prepared by ten of Houston’s iconic chefs. (Tickets $2,500. Buy now!)

MAY 20, 7PM 10th Anniversary Celebration-Delicious Alchemy: The Art of Food. (Tickets VIP tickets enjoy early entry, table serves and other niceties $250 & General Admission tickets $150. Buy now!) MAY 22, 4-7PM 10th Anniversary Celebration-Delicious Alchemy: The Community Supper. A casual Sunday afternoon of food, family and friends celebrating the long-standing tradition of shared neighborhood meals featuring a meatloaf, cover sidedish and cobbler throwdown among Houston’s tastiest chefs. (Tickets $25 Adults & $10 Kids. Buy now!)

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FOUNDER’S PLATE: UP CLOSE WITH CHEF

LANCE FEGEN

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Dynamic Houston chef and restaurateur Lance Fegen jumped in as one of our original Chefs Advisory Board members back in 2006, helping to develop recipes still used in our classes today. Chef Lance didn’t hesitate to volunteer in the classroom at N.Q. Henderson Elementary during those early years, and has hosted field trips to his restaurants and many dinners benefitting Recipe for Success. “At the time that Gracie was launching Recipe for Success, I had just started a family and was enjoying spending time with my own kids,” says Chef Fegen. “I had so much good in my life that I wanted to give some of that to others. Growing up, my mom took good care of us, especially with her cooking, says Fegen. “I know not all kids have that, so it’s great to be able to pass those lessons along to the students. Once you get into the Recipe for Success classroom you fall in love with the kids and their learning process. It really becomes a part of you—the effort you give to the kids you get back tenfold.”

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READ MORE ABOUT LANCE FEGEN.

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COLLABORATIONS

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Founder’s Plate: Up Close with Chef Lance Fegen

COLLABORATION TAKES THE NATION

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Volunteer of the Month: Kay Delamater

KIDS COOK MONDAYS

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Recipe of the Month: Savory Baked Eggs

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RecipeHouse: Chef Justin & Post Oak High School

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Get Ready to VegOut!

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Collaborations: The Girl Scouts VegOut!

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Collaborations: VegOut! Takes the Nation

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Sponsor Spotlight: Ben Ferreira & H-E-B

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January in Pictures

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In the Community: Cooking Up Fun at Ashlar Commons

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Seed-to-Plate: Freshly Hatched Life Lessons

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It’s National Breakfast Month!

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Hope Farms Grassroots Investor

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People of Recipe for Success

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A Look Back at Year Seven

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Special Events

VEGOUT!

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Join us on Monday, February 29 for a twitter chat to learn all about taking the VegOut! with your kids! Recipe for Success and Kids Cook Monday are teaming up to get everyone to VegOut! with us in March. The Kids Cook Monday initiative encourages families to set aside the first night of every week for cooking and eating together as a family. When kids pitch in to make meals, they’re empowered to consider the portions, the vitamins and the nutrients of what they’re eating. And since the family that cooks together eats together, parents can more easily check in with their children during dinner about other aspects of their lives. We’ll have fun, kid-proof recipes, tips, tricks and conversation starters to get the whole family together cooking and eating their veggies! And tune into updates with veggies ideas to keep Kids Cooking all month long!

THE FAMILY DINNER PROJECT

The Family Dinner Project is a growing movement of food, fun and conversation about things that matter—something we at Recipe for Success heartily support. We are thrilled to partner with this Harvard University-based nonprofit organization. Over the past 15 years, research has shown what parents have known for a long time: Sharing a fun family meal is good for the spirit, brain and health of all family members. Join us for a Twitter chat on February 25 to answer all your dinner time questions—like tips for setting dinnertime goals, overcoming obstacles such as conflicting schedules and engaging everyone in meaningful conversation—not to mention how a program like VegOut! can bring the family together in a fun and healthy food adventure. READ MORE HERE. 10

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SEED TO PLATE NEWS

FRESHLY HATCHED LIFE LESSONS

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Our students at Cedar Brook Elementary School had the opportunity to see another life cycle this month. They’re already accustomed to seeing plants growing, but thanks to The Garden Hen, these lucky students experienced the life cycle of a chicken! We had a chance to catch up with them on Day 21 of their threeweek Project Life Cycle program to watch chickens hatch! Kindergarten teacher, Esmeralda Warshaw, said “Watching the kids hold these chicks that they had help incubate was priceless. Having them understand the full life cycle of getting the egg to your plate is something they’ll have with them for the rest of their lives.” The kids learned invaluable lessons in the life cycle as they witnessed three weeks of incubation and the hatch. The program included live demos from Farmer Mike, a delicious egg, kale and onion cooking demo from one of our resident Seed-to-Plate Instructors and, of course, lots of adorable baby chicks! LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR SEED-TO-PLATE NUTRITION EDUCATION™

LOOKING FOR A HEALTHY, FUN WAY TO CELEBRATE VALENTINE’S DAY WITH YOUR STUDENTS? FOR A HEALTHY, SWEET TREAT TRY OUR BEET BROWNIES FEATURING FRESH BEETS FROM THE GARDEN. ALSO TRY CUTTING THE EXTRA BEETS IN HALF AND ALLOW STUDENTS TO CARVE THEIR FAVORITE SHAPES. DIP THE VEGGIE STAMPS IN PAINT, AND VOILA! BEETS (AND CELERY AND OTHER ROOT VEGETABLES) MAKE GREAT STAMPS FOR VALENTINE’S CARDS! STUDENTS CAN TAKE THE CARDS HOME OR EXCHANGE THEM WITH CLASSMATES. 15

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FOUNDER’S PLATE: UP CLOSE WITH CHEF

LANCE FEGEN

Dynamic Houston chef and restaurateur Lance Fegen jumped in as one of our original Chefs Advisory Board members back in 2006, helping to develop recipes still used in our classes today. Chef Lance didn’t hesitate to volunteer in the classroom at N.Q. Henderson Elementary during those early years, and has hosted field trips to his restaurants and many dinners benefitting Recipe for Success. “At the time that Gracie was launching Recipe for Success, I had just started a family and was enjoying spending time with my own kids,” says Chef Fegen. “I had so much good in my life that I wanted to give some of that to others. Growing up, my mom took good care of us, especially with her cooking, says Fegen. “I know not all kids have that, so it’s great to be able to pass those lessons along to the students. Once you get into the Recipe for Success classroom you fall in love with the kids and their learning process. It really becomes a part of you—the effort you give to the kids you get back tenfold.” READ MORE ABOUT LANCE FEGEN.

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FEBRUARY 2016 VOLUNTEER OF THE MONTH

KAY DELAMATER Delightful and dedicated volunteer Kay DeLaMater first learned about Recipe for Success in 2012 while searching volunteerhouston.org and has been donating her time and energy as an Office Star at RecipeHouse ever since. “I was between jobs and looking for opportunities to volunteer close to my home,” explains Kay. “Recipe for Success was a good match because my whole life centers on food. My love of healthy food began in childhood—that’s when we need to instill good eating habits. Children by nature are so wonderfully open to new ideas and flexible in their habits.” Kay shares her dreams for the organization over the next 10 years. “I’d like to see continued growth of programs such as the VegOut! 30 Ways in 30 Days Challenge,” says Kay. “It’s a fun way for the adult community to be involved in the Foundation’s mission. Adults ultimately determine children’s diets. If we improve our eating habits, we can lead children by example.” READ MORE ABOUT KAY’S FUN EXPERIENCES VOLUNTEERING WITH US.

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SAVORY BAKED EGGS

TRY SOMETHING DELICIOUS FROM RECIPEHOUSE! CHEF JUSTIN LOVES TO SHARE HIS DELICIOUSLY NUTRITIOUS RECIPES FROM RECIPEHOUSE. LET US KNOW WHAT YOU THINK, OR BETTER YET—SEND US YOUR FAVORITES! Start your day (or the weekend) with his flavorful satisfying SAVORY BAKED EGGS. What’s your favorite breakfast creation? Send your tastiest recipe to justinkouri@recipe4success.org. You can also check out Justin’s past recipes on his RecipeHouse blog or sign up for a class to learn first hand how to create deliciously healthy meals and snacks. 6


CHEF JUSTIN TEACHES POST OAK HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS CULINARY ARTS Houston’s Post Oak High School seeks to provide unique opportunities for students to cultivate real-life experiences. The school’s teaching methods nourish students’ diverse interests, helping them identify personal passions and actively prepare for university and for life beyond school. For three weeks each January, Post Oak High School students participate in an intensive study program, called J-Term. So when Post Oak High School teacher Benjamin Preston contacted our Culinary Education Coordinator, Chef Justin Kouri, about doing a J-Term course at RecipeHouse, he welcomed the idea and had a blast hosting the 16 high school students in a three-week course in the culinary arts. “My goal was to give the students a comprehensive view of the food industry,” says Chef Justin. READ MORE ABOUT J-TERM AT RECIPEHOUSE. 7


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COLLABORATIONS

A COMPETITIVELY HEALTHY TWIST

THE GIRL SCOUTS VEGOUT! A little healthy Girl Scout competition is in the air in honor of National Nutrition Month and the VegOut! 30 Ways in 30 Days Challenge. The Girl Scouts are on board. RecipeHouse hosts many private and public girl scouting events, from birthday parties to badge classes. During our customized classes that earn them a special patch, these ladies learn it all—from Healthy Snacks to learning cooking skills—alongside our professional chef instructors. Scouts can even design their own badge or journey workshops. READ MORE ABOUT THE GIRL SCOUTS AND VEGOUT!

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COLLABORATIONS

VEGOUT! COLLABORATION TAKES THE NATION KIDS COOK MONDAYS Join us on Monday, February 29 for a twitter chat to learn all about taking the VegOut! with your kids! Recipe for Success and Kids Cook Monday are teaming up to get everyone to VegOut! with us in March. The Kids Cook Monday initiative encourages families to set aside the first night of every week for cooking and eating together as a family. When kids pitch in to make meals, they’re empowered to consider the portions, the vitamins and the nutrients of what they’re eating. And since the family that cooks together eats together, parents can more easily check in with their children during dinner about other aspects of their lives. We’ll have fun, kid-proof recipes, tips, tricks and conversation starters to get the whole family together cooking and eating their veggies! And tune into updates with veggies ideas to keep Kids Cooking all month long!

THE FAMILY DINNER PROJECT The Family Dinner Project is a growing movement of food, fun and conversation about things that matter—something we at Recipe for Success heartily support. We are thrilled to partner with this Harvard University-based nonprofit organization. Over the past 15 years, research has shown what parents have known for a long time: Sharing a fun family meal is good for the spirit, brain and health of all family members. Join us for a Twitter chat on February 25 to answer all your dinner time questions—like tips for setting dinnertime goals, overcoming obstacles such as conflicting schedules and engaging everyone in meaningful conversation—not to mention how a program like VegOut! can bring the family together in a fun and healthy food adventure. READ MORE HERE. 10


SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT

BEN FERREIRA AND H-E-B

While attending an event at RecipeHouse with H-E-B Houston Division President Scott McCelland, Ben Ferreira met Gracie Cavnar and learned about the mission of Recipe for Success. “We watched a video about the programs, which were quite gripping to me,” says Ferreira. As the Regional Director of Produce and Floral for H-E-B, he oversees every aspect of this major business segment in more than 80 area stores where leads a team of 100+ department managers. And robustly supports local agriculture by developing business relationships with local growers. “After I had the opportunity to judge the Iron Chef completion at MacGregor Elementary I was hooked,” says Ferreira. “It was so great to see the kids who were so proud of crops they had grown and then watch them create a dish—without even a recipe to start with. That solidified my impressions of Recipe for Success. I am pleased to be a liaison for H-E-B and happy to make my personal contributions to the board,” says Ferreira READ MORE ABOUT BEN, HIS EXPERIENCES ON THE BOARD & THE FUTURE OF H-E-B.

INTERESTED IN SERVING ON OUR EXECUTIVE BOARD? Download our board application or to learn about other opportunities on committees and boards contact Stephanie Hill.

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IN JANUARY!

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IN THE COMMUNITY

COOKING UP SOME FUN AT ASHLAR COMMONS Ever wondered how to stock your fridge with healthy ingredients, but be efficient at the same time? Want to learn a quick, healthy and protein packed snack with just a few items? Or Detox with a veggie-filled smoothie that can be whipped up in just a second? Chef Justin presented healthy cooking demos during an open-house of Pelican Builders’ Ashlar Commons residential community on a recent sunny Saturday to dozens of guests. In addition to nibbling on healthy snacks prepared by Chef Justin, guests sipped healthy drinks from Flow Juice Bar, learned fitness tips from River Oaks’ Ryde cycling studio and strolled through a curated shopping display by Rye 51 and Kick Pleat. Chef Justin demonstrated some of his favorite, healthy recipes in honor of the upcoming VegOut! 30 Ways in 30 Days Challenge and guests were able to download the VegOut! mobile app to immediately tracked their snacks. They checked off plenty of veg right away after enjoying Chef Justin’s White Bean Avocado Spread, Beet Based Detox Smoothie, spicy Mango-Radish Salsa and his seasonal, super-food packed salad. 14


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SEED TO PLATE NEWS

FRESHLY HATCHED LIFE LESSONS Our students at Cedar Brook Elementary School had the opportunity to see another life cycle this month. They’re already accustomed to seeing plants growing, but thanks to The Garden Hen, these lucky students experienced the life cycle of a chicken! We had a chance to catch up with them on Day 21 of their threeweek Project Life Cycle program to watch chickens hatch! Kindergarten teacher, Esmeralda Warshaw, said “Watching the kids hold these chicks that they had help incubate was priceless. Having them understand the full life cycle of getting the egg to your plate is something they’ll have with them for the rest of their lives.” The kids learned invaluable lessons in the life cycle as they witnessed three weeks of incubation and the hatch. The program included live demos from Farmer Mike, a delicious egg, kale and onion cooking demo from one of our resident Seed-to-Plate Instructors and, of course, lots of adorable baby chicks! LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR SEED-TO-PLATE NUTRITION EDUCATION™

LOOKING FOR A HEALTHY, FUN WAY TO CELEBRATE VALENTINE’S DAY WITH YOUR STUDENTS? FOR A HEALTHY, SWEET TREAT TRY OUR BEET BROWNIES FEATURING FRESH BEETS FROM THE GARDEN. ALSO TRY CUTTING THE EXTRA BEETS IN HALF AND ALLOW STUDENTS TO CARVE THEIR FAVORITE SHAPES. DIP THE VEGGIE STAMPS IN PAINT, AND VOILA! BEETS (AND CELERY AND OTHER ROOT VEGETABLES) MAKE GREAT STAMPS FOR VALENTINE’S CARDS! STUDENTS CAN TAKE THE CARDS HOME OR EXCHANGE THEM WITH CLASSMATES. 15


IT’S NATIONAL BREAKFAST MONTH! WAKE UP & FUEL THE DAY! IN THE SPIRIT OF NATIONAL BREAKFAST MONTH, WE’VE COLLECTED A WHOLE BUFFET OF INSPIRATIONAL FACTS AND FINDINGS, AS WELL AS PLENTY OF EASY, DELICIOUS AND NUTRITIOUS BREAKFAST IDEAS FOR YOU—WITH SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR INTERN KELSI BROWN.

TRY THESE EASY BREAKFAST IDEAS MAKE INSTANT OATMEAL WITH FAT-FREE OR LOW-FAT MILK AND TOP WITH RAISINS, DRIED CRANBERRIES, OR WALNUTS. BLEND A BREAKFAST SMOOTHIE MADE WITH LOW-FAT MILK, FROZEN STRAWBERRIES AND A BANANA. SPREAD PEANUT BUTTER ON A WHOLE-WHEAT FLOUR TORTILLA, PLACE BANANA SLICES ON TOP, AND ROLL UP THE TORTILLA. TOAST UP A WAFFLE AND TOP IT WITH FAT-FREE OR LOW-FAT YOGURT AND PEACH SLICES. STUFF A WHOLE WHEAT PITA WITH A SLICED, HARD-COOKED EGG AND LOW-FAT SHREDDED CHEESE.

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WE KNOW BREAKFAST IS THE MOST IMPORTANT MEAL OF THE DAY—BUT WHY? BREAKFAST PROVIDES YOU WITH THE ENERGY NEEDED TO INCREASE CONCENTRATION AND FIGHT FATIGUE THROUGHOUT THE DAY. STUDIES SHOW THAT STUDENTS WHO EAT BREAKFAST TEND TO HAVE HIGHER ATTENDANCE, FEWER HUNGER-INDUCED STOMACH ACHES, HIGHER OVERALL TEST SCORES, AND SOLVE PROBLEMS MORE EASILY. EATING A NUTRITIOUS BREAKFAST PROVIDES YOU WITH ESSENTIAL VITAMINS AND MINERALS FOR PROPER GROWTH AND MAINTENANCE, CARBOHYDRATE AND PROTEIN METABOLISM, BONE STRENGTH, AND A HEALTHY IMMUNE SYSTEM. STUDIES SHOW THAT BREAKFAST CAN BE IMPORTANT IN HELPING MAINTAIN A HEALTHY BODY WEIGHT AND HELPING TO PREVENT OVEREATING AT OTHER MEALS. PEOPLE WHO REGULARLY EAT A HEALTHY BREAKFAST HAVE BEEN FOUND MORE LIKELY TO MEET DAILY NUTRIENT REQUIREMENTS, EAT LESS FAT AND HAVE LOWER CHOLESTEROL, WHICH MAY REDUCE THE RISK OF HEART DISEASE.


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HOPE FARMS

In the heart of Houston’s historic Sunnyside neighborhood—in view of downtown skyscrapers—Hope Farms will grow healthy food in the midst of one of the city’s largest food deserts. Recipe for Success Foundation’s Hope Farm team will: Train US Veterans to become urban farmers, incubate their new micro-farm businesses and provide them with coop marketing and distribution services to ensure their success; Operate an on-site farm stand distributing produce to the neighborhood; Provide jobs and internships for neighborhood youth; Host field trips and Seed-to-Plate Nutrition Education™ programs for children and their families; Operate the Rolling Green Market to deliver healthy, affordable produce to folks who need it most.

Recipe for Success is under contract to close on the purchase of 7.8 acres for the farm in mid-April. The $200,000 sales price must be raised before then. Please visit hopefarmshouston.org to learn more about the farm and to become a Hope Farms Grassroots Investor.

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PEOPLE OF RECIPE FOR SUCCESS BEN FERREIRA BOARD MEMBER, FINANCE & ADMINISTRATION & HOPE FARMS COMMITTEES For me the real beauty is the connection to my own personal experience. That’s what drew me in. Gracie’s passion is also very motivating. She does so much more than talk about it. There’s no better way to combat childhood obesity. This has been a tremendous growth experience for me and I am so pleased to be involved with Recipe for Success.

HONI BOUDREAUX FORMER BOARD MEMBER, HOPE FARMS COMMITTEE MEMBER I’m extremely motivated by the belief that all children need exposure to good food, healthy food and that our whole country has gotten away from good eating and good habits. I’m thrilled that we’re trying hard to bring food, meals, family, school, back to good eating, rather than just fast, quick, not thinking it through. I’m fascinated to see just how far Gracie can take this thing. The progress and the program over the past 10 years have moved at supersonic pace. All of them, successfully. She’s amazing. It’s an amazing foundation to work for and with. 18


AMY ANTON FOUNDING BOARD MEMBER, CLASSROOM VOLUNTEER I really love getting into the classroom with the kids and cooking with them. There’s just nothing like it. When they make something new that they have never had, and they all sit at that long table and all say bon appetite and try something that they’ve never had before. That’s really inspiring.

ROBERT DEL GRANDE FOUNDING CHEFS ADVISORY BOARD MEMBER I really love getting into the classroom with the kids and It’s a great opportunity. I would tell [chefs] first it’s a great opportunity to learn something from fourth graders and young kids who will ask you questions you never thought of to answer, so it will strengthen your skills. Chefs … certainly have the skills to teach. I think part of Recipe for Success is to…create in school those “grandmother” opportunities that we’ve sort of lost, where someone shows you how to do it. TO APPLY FOR EXECUTIVE BOARD MEMBERSHIP OR FOR INFORMATION ABOUT OTHER BOARD AND COMMITTEE OPPORTUNITIES DOWNLOAD OUR BOARD APPLICATION OR CONTACT STEPHANIE HILL. 19


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YEAR SEVEN

Stepping Up To A National Platform GRACIE CAVNAR If it seemed like 2010-11 was a year of other folks making films and writing about what we were doing, then this year might best be described as one when we put ourselves under the microscope and filmed our observations. We had to perfect how to train remote instructors, whom we might never meet face-to-face, and inspire them to exuberantly adopt our teaching methods for Seed-to-Plate Nutrition Education™. How do you teach passion? We decided that each of our training modules should be anchored with a film. Thanks to BMC we knocked out the easy part early—filming 30 “tops and tails”, which meant one 12 hour day of me in a studio in front of a green screen, talking to a camera like it was my most treasured employee. 60 sessions of “today we will learn how to….and, today we learned to…” Then we spent the summer designing the innards and writing scripts for the middle of 30 training films; by August, I was recording 30 voiceovers—each 12-15 minutes long. We took thousands of photographs—how to slice, measure, stir, mix, assemble. These how-to photos were critical for our training site, but we also decided to use many of them in my Eat It! Food Adventures cookbook. The entire summer –when we weren’t recording and photographing for instructor training, we were creating, testing and photographing recipes for the cookbook. Writers, videographers, artists, webmasters and technical advisors joined our efforts. 20


For the rest of the year, we maneuvered that content into our online training site and book. We finalized four training modules and tested them. We put all of our materials through another round of review with curriculum developers and aligned each lesson plan and worksheet with both TEKS and Common Core grade level learning objectives. And we secured six pilot sites to further test our Affiliate Partner construct, including several KIPPs in Houston Hogan’s Kids in Washington DC. In the meantime, we had plenty of adventures of our own: Locally we helped create the Grocers’ Task Force; and joined Mayor Parker to establish a permanent city committee focused on health. We expanded Seed-to-Plate Nutrition Education™ to more Houston school districts. We taught Houston Firemen to cook, and we opened RecipeHouse to provide cooking classes for all, including Girl Scouts and summer campers. We even rolled out an Art Car, thanks to donor Curry Glassell and artist William Betts! We enjoyed beautiful news features—not about our parties but about our work—in the Houston Chronicle, PaperCity and CultureMap. Comcast filmed and Houston Matters told our story. On the bigger stage, we spoke at the Texas Action for Healthy Kids Annual Conference; the Texas Medical Association Foundation declared us a “Houston Health Leader;” Self Magazine and Town&Country both saluted our work with awards and feature stories, and we were on the Today Show. And as a harbinger of things to come, The US Conference of Mayors awarded us a $25,000 planning grant for our Hope Farms Rolling Green Market and we hatched an idea to encourage more people—not just kids—to eat healthier. We called it VegOut! 21


UPCOMING SPECIAL EVENTS

CELEBRATING TEN YEARS OF RECIPE FOR SUCCESS GRACIE & BOB CAVNAR INVITE YOU CELEBRATING TEN YEARS OF RECIPE FOR SUCCESS TO SAVE THESE DATES IN 2016 THE BANQUET, MAY 19 THE ART OF FOOD, MAY 20 THE COMMUNITY SUPPER, MAY 22

FOR SPONSORSHIPS, UNDERWRITING OR TICKETS PLEASE CALL STEPHANIE HILL AT 713-520-0443 OR VISIT RECIPE4SUCCESS.ORG

DRESS FOR DINNER AT NEIMAN MARCUS WITH RUBIN SINGER MARCH 3, 6PM $50 FOR COCKTAILS AND THE SHOW $350 FOR COCKTAILS, THE FASHION SHOW, AND DINNER WITH THE DESIGNER. BUY NOW!

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STAFF Gracie Cavnar

Gabie Caballero

Molly Kaminski

Cindy Lucia

Justin Myers

Susan Reedy

CEO

COO

DIRECTOR OF AGRICULTURE AND GARDENS

Sandra Cook

EDITOR, PUBLICATIONS

OFFICE MANAGER MAJOR GIFTS OFFICER GRANTS OFFICER

Marisol Castro

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF SPECIAL EVENTS

Stephanie Hill

EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT TO CEO & AMBASSADOR 

Rachel England

SEED-TO-PLATE NUTRITION EDUCATION™ PROGRAM COORDINATOR

Justin Kouri

CULINARY EDUCATION COORDINATOR

BOARD OF DIRECTORS Gracie Cavnar

FOUNDER & PRESIDENT

Glen Boudreaux SECRETARY

Frank Steininger TREASURER

Monica Pope

CHEFS ADVISORY CHAIR

Deanna Hoelscher, Ph.D.

SCIENCE ADVISORY CHAIR

Amy Anton Helen Bow Heather Carlucci Carrie Colbert Arvia Few Karen Garcia Kendrick McCleskey Paula McHam Lisa Mellencamp Aashish Parekh

Dr. Melanie Mencer-Parks Genevieve Patterson Holly Smith Michael Swail Chisholm Tate Susie Woodard Jeffrey Wooten Bob Cavnar, EMERITUS Laura Spanjian, EX OFFICIO

FOUNDING CHEFS ADVISORY BOARD John Brock Carolyn Carcassi Bryan Caswell Charles Clark Louis Cressy Robert del Grande Randy Evans Lance Fegan Chris Garcia

Peter Garcia Lauren Gockley Jason Gould Anita Jasinghani Ouisie Jones Al King Sandra Mangini Jim Manning Veronica Ortiz

Monica Pope Philippe Schmidt John Sheely Randy Rucker Chris Shepherd  Claire Smith Brendon Treanor Scott Tycer

Giancarlo Ferrera Richard Kaplan Monica Pope Barbara McKnight Gary Mularski Ryan Pera

Jean Philippe-Gaston Ellen Schwartz Sandra Shafer Ruffy Sulaiman

CHEFS IN SCHOOLS 2015-16 Joe Apa Garth Blackburn John Buchannan David Cordua Neal Cox Kaz Edwards

COMMUNITY ADVISORY BOARD Paula Arnold Kristen Berger Cathy Brock Elena Buley Honi Boudreaux Kathryn Castellanos Phyllis Childress Yvonne Cormier, M.D. Isabel David Deborah Duncan Anna Eastman Ellie Francisco Roland Garcia

Jennifer & Lance Gilliam Mimi del Grande Melanie Gray & Mark Wawro Joanie Haley Lucia & Justin Hamilton Laura Jaramillo Shelley Taylor Ludwick Soraya McClelland Ginni Mithoff Sara Morgan Leisa Holland-Nelson Roz Pactor Cynthia Petrello

Laura Max Rose Mickey Rosmarin Stuart Rosenberg Jeff Shell Heidi & Marcus Smith Kate Allen Stuckenburg Mark Sullivan Stacey Swift Claire Cormier Thielke Kim Tutcher Stephanie Walker Ashley Wehrly Andrea White

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Jovanna David

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