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May 29, 2014: Fresh Ideas Cooking at School; Students Mark “Food Revolution Day”.

May 29, 2014: Fresh Ideas Cooking at School;
Students Mark “Food Revolution Day”.
By Parkdale Food Centre.

There was fist-pumping, tastebud-tingling, skill-building excitement at Connaught Public School on Friday, May 16 when 43 grade four to six students joined nearly 238,000 people from 121 countries to mark a day of “Food Revolution”.

Designed to raise food awareness by encouraging people to come together and cook from scratch, Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution Day inspired people across the world to share, taste and talk about the reasons for eating freshly prepared and nutritious food.

In Hintonburg, Connaught students, led by Principal Amy Hannah, enthusiastically accepted the challenge.

Ottawa’s Food Revolution Ambassador, Chef Leslie Edwardson, joined Sue Hall, Registered Holistic Nutritionist, Carley Schelck, owner of Urban Element, and Karen Secord, Coordinator of the Parkdale Food Centre for a fun day of food education.

The importance of good food and community outreach are a part of the Parkdale Food Centre’s mandate, so the folks at the Centre were eager to facilitate the event.

“Good health starts with good food. The sooner children, of all economic brackets, understand this the better,” says Secord, “Record numbers of children in the area are food insecure. Once they realize that food is not just food – it brings people together, reducing social isolation, and contributing to both physical and emotional wellness – we will be one step closer to creating a healthysociety where access to nutritious food is a human right.”

During two demonstrations, students were provided with a work station, a supply of ingredients – including fresh herbs, chicken, rice wraps and vegetables – and a recipe for Vietnamese Spring Wraps.

Once each student had assembled two wraps they moved to a second station to create their own dipping sauce, using ingredients like honey and fish sauce.

At a third station they created fruit bowls with fresh berries.

An important part of the process was the discussion and sharing of ideas that took place during the meal that followed. Afterwards every student wrote a personal pledge that was put on a poster to be shared with the school community. Pledges were messages such as, “I will cook with fresh food”, “I will talk to my family about eating better,” and “I will try not to eat junk food because it isn’t good for my body.”

All of the food was supplied by Royal Lepage real estate agent, Tyler Laird, who spent the morning participating in the demonstration with the students. “This is such important work,” said Laird. “I am really happy that I was able to make it happen.”

Chef Leslie Edwardson became a Food Revolution Ambassador to help spread good food awareness through community outreach.

“The food revolution selected a number of volunteers from around the world who show a deep commitment to real food and I’m thrilled to be one of them.” she said, “If we can combine our efforts and unify our expertise, together we can continue the Food Revolution’s amazing work.”

After the demonstrations the students were encouraged to take home the recipes, and skills they learned, to share with their families.

@ adult women with 3 young girls displaying their Signed pledges.

Chef making day

Photo Caption: Chef Leslie Edwardson and Carley Schelck cook up fresh food ideas with students of Connaught School. Photo by Alyse Tunnell

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