Tasting Week Kicks Off!

Sierra Harvest is getting ready to kick off our second annual TASTING WEEK throughout Nevada County Schools!

From October 21st-25th schools who participate will be hosting guest chefs that are donating their time to come and show the students how to make their signature dishes and let the kids taste how good, fresh food can be.

Last year we had 4 schools participating, this year we have grown to  12!! Some schools had such a high demand for guests chefs that we have doubled up our efforts to fill the need.

Each school participating has worked with Sierra Harvest through the Farm to School education program that takes students to the Food Love Project for field trips and farm education. The school’s Partner Farms will be supplying the food to the guest chefs to demo with. The Partner Farms are the farms that come to the school sites and supply the farm stands with produce to be sold on site.

This year, Sierra Harvest is working with Nevada County’s well known chefs, food activists, educators and nutritionists to bring a wide variety of tasting opportunities to the students. Owner of Ike’s Quarter Cafe, Ike Frazee will be demoing roasted acorn squash in his daughter’s Deer Creek classroom! Ike’s demo was a huge hit in last year’s tasting week.

Nourishing Traditions teacher and chef Shan Kendall is back this year teaching kids about nutrient dense foods.

In the Kitchen Cooking School Founder and Public Health Cooking Educator, Wendy Van Wagner is showing the kids how to make chard and kale with ginger and garlic! Wendy participated last year and brought a lesson about miso soup to life at Deer Creek.

Local nutritionist Victoria LaFont will be showing the students how delicious beet kvass can be! Chef Shanan Manual will be making carrot, beet and zucchini cakes with veggie ranch dressing.

Many more chefs will be participating, stay tuned for the follow up post with pictures and stories from Tasting Week.

The week will be filled with a highlight on fresh, delicious and LOCAL foods! The goal being that this awareness will encourage kids to make healthy food choices.

For more information on our local chefs, farm partners and how to get involved next year, visit SierraHarvest.org