Tasting Week

Mt. St. Mary's students tasting a delicious butternut squash potato soup and muffins created by chef Ike Frazee of Ike's Quarter Cafe'!

Mt. St. Mary’s students tasting a delicious butternut squash potato soup and muffins created by chef Ike Frazee of Ike’s Quarter Cafe’!

What happens when you bring together fresh local food, passionate chefs, and over 3,000 school children?  Children devour vegetables with reckless abandon!

Sierra Harvest started Tasting Week in Nevada County Schools in 2012, as another creative way to inspire kids to enjoy eating healthy, locally grown food and to start asking for more at home.   During our most recent Tasting Week in Octobere 2016, 21 chefs cut, diced, cooked or baked with over 3,000 kids at 23 local schools!  How did it go? The kids’ comments tell all:

“I didn’t like vegetables before but now I do” after creating and trying a fresh spring roll.

Students at Clear Creek School made fresh spring rolls led by volunteer chef Holly Hermansen, Nevada County Superintendent of Schools!

Students at Clear Creek School made fresh spring rolls led by volunteer chef Holly Hermansen, Nevada County Superintendent of Schools!spring roll.

“I didn’t know I was a vegetable kind of guy!”

“I want to own my own farm when I’m grown up now I’m going to grow my own mushrooms and fruit and plants” after trying the mushrooms on toast recipe.

And in response to trying breaded eggplant was this fabulous comment, “This is the best thing I’ve ever tasted in the world!”  Isn’t that incredible?

Watch Tasting Week in action or listen to this Capital Public Radio’s story about Tasting Week to hear more or read about it in the Union article!

We are so grateful to all the chefs who volunteered the time and talents to inspire and help instill a lifelong love of eating fresh fruits and vegetables with 3,000 students in 2016:  brianna Abundiz, Kwong Chew, Amy Cooke, Ike Frazee,  Susan Gouvia, Holly Hermansen, Shan Kendall, Erika Kosina, Sara Lieber, Liz Linsky, Mason Partak, Tiana Rockwell, Shauna Schultz, Zak Starr, Maria Unger, Kayla Wexelberg, Matthew Willoughby, and Heidi Zimmerman.

Try out some of the recipes that our stellar chefs used for the 2016 Tasting Week!

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2016 Tasting Week Recipe Book  – We are grateful to Amy Halter of Amy Halter Design, with 25 years of design experience,  for volunteering to design this year’s stunning recipe book.  “As a newcomer to the area, I am excited to get involved with a non-profit who’s passion is encouraging healthy, happy kids. It is very rewarding to know that sharing my design skills can help Sierra Harvest’s mission. I am eager to learn and grow this spring with their outdoor programs. Getting away from the screen is always a plus!”

2015 Tasting Week Recipe Book

2014 Tasting Week Recipe Book