Wednesday, April 27, 2016

A Fifteen Amsterdam Food Symposium


For the first time since I became an Ambassador, I will be celebrating Food Revolution Day outside of Lake County. This is so I can continue to learn and bring greater collaborative food education experiences BACK here to Chicagoland. 

Super Ambassador Terri Salminen and I have shared the dream of changing the world since we met in 2012. I invited her to teach with me in the kitchens of the Prairie Farm Corps last Summer, and now I have accepted the invitation to team up on her turf.

Terri has partnered with the corporate caterer Hutten Europe for a second year, engaged in her successful campaign entitled "A Focus on Food in the Workplace." More than 100 locations throughout the Netherlands will celebrate the importance of good, fresh food throughout a week of menus inspired by a combination of recipes from both Jamie and Hutton chefs. She and I will assist these chefs and serve their beautiful lunches from May 16th through May 20th at a number of internationally renowned corporations, hospitals and hotels.

Last but not least, here are the details surrounding Terri's grand finale FRD event planned in partnership with Hutton Europe:

Fifteen Food Symposium | Food Revolution Day 2016

Ambassador Terri has gathered dedicated chefs and food influentials to cook from the heart and get involved in Food Revolution Day.

Where:
Jamie Oliver's Fifteen Amsterdam

When:
Friday, May 20th 2016 11am-4pm

Who:
Students of all ages, parents and grandparents, health and hospitality professionals, as well as government officials will be invited to take part in the pop-up cooking school celebration of good food and basic cooking techniques.

How:
A festival of master classes and tips will be shared by a dynamic group of passionate chefs from the corporate workplace who will team up with Fifteen apprentices and graduates. Together with an international group of Food Revolution Ambassadors, head chef Michael Verswijveren of Fifteen Amsterdam, along with a team of nutritionists, food stylist and bloggers, the newest of Jamie Oliver's "Cook for Your Life" recipes will be demonstrated in a hands-on setup of twelve teams in the heart of Fifteen.

The following food influentials will team up with Fifteen apprentices and graduates in a Food Revolution line-up featuring Jamie's "Ten Recipes That Will Save Your Life." 

Thomas Stahlman, Ambassador & Chef - DIY oaty fruit cereal and other simple breakfast ideas.
FongYee Wong, Hutton Chef - Veggie noodle stir fry and Asian velvet techniques.
Damien Sawyer, Hutton Chef - Cheese omelette and spicy "shakshouka".
Damien Taylor, Hutten Chef - The making of risotto and two stocks.
Ramon Jorge Otto, Hutton Chef - Minestrone soup, knife skills and no waste cooking.
Jeroen Lips, Hutton Chef - Vegetable noodles with garlic and peppers. 
Bram Kanters, Hutton Chef - Pan-fried salmon and how to plate a main course. 
Guus Follings & 
Joris Hendriks, Hutton Chefs - Sunday roast, butchering a chicken, chicken broth and roast potatoes.
Frank Van Hurne, Hutton Chef - Simple hummus and other healthy spreads.
Hilary Metcalfe, Blogger - Green Salad and lemon dressing, the art of fermentation.
Michael Verswijveren, Head Chef Fifteen - Lamb curry with chickpeas.
Edwin Kwakernaak, Hutton Chef - Classic tomato spaghetti and how to dress pasta.
Vardit Kohn, Nutritionist - Vegetable filled wraps, salads for a meal. Real fast food on the go.

Can you imagine? Just close your eyes and savor the scene for a minute... 

I am getting soooooooooo hungry.

Imagine events similar to this... waterfalling and popping up all over the USA, all over the GLOBE, uniting family tables everywhere: the workplace cafeteria, the home kitchen and the school lunchroom... ALL in the name of good food education!

Join the Food Revolution! Jamie and his global team of ambassadors (there's over 2,000 of us now in 196 countries!) are getting ready to inspire YOU into growing, buying, cooking, eating more real food with the ones you love.

Sign up today at www.jamiesfoodrevolution.org.


Saturday, April 23, 2016

No Guts No Glory - Fremd Wellness Week



Thank you Fremd High School for having me as a Wellness Week Speaker - What an honor to speak to your students and staff on Wednesday!

I knew I was "home" when I arrived to meet everyone and the song Geronimo came on. Last year for Food Revolution Day, I made this video with it. The song reminds me of the jump we all make when we leave the processed food highway and the waterfall of food education spreading all around us. I listen to it almost everyday...

It was a pleasure to meet the Physical Education teachers & coaches who ran the event. I have to give a special thank you to Coach Allie Miccuci (Softball & Golf) who extended the invitation to me and Coach Jason Hogrefe (Basketball) for running the auditorium sound stage. I think one of the favorite moments was reconnecting with a former travel softball teammate, Coach Christine Vlaming (Golf). She and I played together on an elite all-star travel team (The Barrington Hurricanes) over 20 years ago and you can imagine the HUGE hug I gave her. There are truly no coincidences in life!

Athletics + Food Education = My Passion Combination

It's pretty fun to connect with staff and students over the two common topics that thread and shape our lives. We exhale a little bit together to realize we're ALL going through similar struggles. We're in the trenches together.

What's in our food?

Where's our food coming from?

What is our Microbiome?

How can cooking from scratch more often improve our lives?

I love drawing the parallel between sports and food. I love making people laugh. I love learning how to teach food education better everyday.


I will be posting here more often about our local and global team's upcoming plans to help YOU celebrate with us on May 20th, Food Revolution Day!

Sign up here to join Jamie Oliver's global campaign with me and my family table.


Have a WONDERFUL weekend!

xoxoL



Thursday, March 10, 2016

The Fuller Center Hero Project Lake County


I hope you can join me tonight in building something Lake County has never seen before. 

"If you build it, they will come."

I am so honored to be part of the FULLER CENTER HERO PROJECT. I met Yvette Ewing, the Executive Director of the Fuller Center for Housing Lake County earlier in the year as we are both members of Liberty Prairie Foundation's "Lake County Local Food Task force". She asked me about a month ago to join her Wellness Hero team and help her build a mobile teaching kitchen that would service all of Lake County. And of course, I said YES!

Yvette asked me to share my wellness journey for the Hero Party tonight. A little over four years ago, "Every Teardrop is a Waterfall" came on the radio while I was parking my car at a local grocery store late October 2012. For some reason, I paused before turning off my car and began to really listen to the words. I got silly emotional (gazing out my windshield) thinking about food education spreading farther from me and others in the community, kinda like water finding it's way down a mountain. I envisioned a new future for my family and community playing out... I imagined a gathering of heroes who believe in spreading food education for all -

JUST LIKE TONIGHT!


If you cannot join us this evening and would like to be a part of building this Hero Table together, please visit here as every donation will help us build it! 

Have a great weekend all of YOU food revolutionaries!!

xoxoL

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

The Dirt Cure



I am crazy about The Dirt Cure.

Dr Maya Shetreat-Klein is fearless in connecting the dots between our soil, our food, our guts, our bodies and our brains to find lifelong health.

"All health begins in the gut. Most people think of the brain as the top of the totem pole, but in many ways, it's downstream from other organs. The gut - the body's soil - calls many of the shots. An unhealthy gut - or depleted soil - leads to an unhealthy immune system, endocrine system, and nervous system. These lead to disordered focus, cognition, behavior, sleep, and mood, among other symptoms. It's why, if not addressed, a child's disrupted gut can trigger an allergy or reactivity and eventually present as stomachaches, asthma, ear infections or croup, and later morph into troubling neurological dysfunction."                  
                                             Maya Shetreat-Klein, MD - "The Dirt Cure"

I've always loved the saying, "no guts no glory". Over the past few years, I have realized just how fundamentally true it is -
as an individual in search of good health,
as a Mom trying to buy, grow, cook and eat well for my family table,
as a coach inspiring my athletes to improve both mentally and physically on the field, and
as a Food Ambassador working to inspire better food education everywhere.

"Mistakes made in life are our lessons in disguise. 
And sometimes, the best lessons learned, came from the worst mistakes made."              - Curiano.com

The human soul is passionate about solving problems. Previous decades gave birth to new agricultural technologies and a factory farming system that had hoped to fix global problems of disease, weed control, crop failure and food shortages. Unfortunately, these technologies are producing unintended, horrific consequences on our health and well being.

Without the alarming increases in allergies, asthma, ADHD, Autism and learning disabilities would the microbiome research have risen to the forefront like it has? Would Dr Maya have written this book if her child did not get sick? Would I have EVER tried an elimination diet for Abbie if she had been thriving in school?

We will continue to make mistakes, we MUST continue to learn from them.

I just hope and pray we all have the gumption - THE GUTS - to fix them before it's too late.

Thank you Dr Maya
for being brave enough to write this book
for connecting the dots between such complicated issues
for giving us practical solutions on how to heal our food, our families...
and ultimately
ourselves.


Join me - It's time to open up your napkin around The Dirt Cure.

Our family tables will thank us later gator.

xoxoL

ps

My top two article reads for the week:
"No Food is Healthy, not even Kale" + Study: Monsanto's Glyphosate now most heavily used Weed Killer in History


pps

Still rocking out the #chimmie500 no matter where I go, workout clothes or NOT! HA! Go Hawks!


Thursday, January 14, 2016

I challenge YOU to the #chimmie500



I am still in recovery from our nutty holiday season. 

2016 = Cook from scratch 3-4 days a week + exercise more.

I'm attempting to cook in larger quantities and use leftovers more creatively throughout the week. A little tweak from last years #52tries with my girl Tiffany and the gang... The pictures above show:

Meal 1: A big pot of Chocolate chili Mole (I added purple + yukon potatoes to cheer on my Big Cats in the Outback Bowl. Didn't have any sweet potatoes in the house.) 
Meal 2: Chili leftovers + cauliflower + kale under an organic rotisserie chicken (Kids made tacos with it all - Boom!)
Meal 3: Pulled Chicken and Chili leftover lasagna 
Meal 4: Homemade stock and leftover chicken in my pea + noodle soup

My favorite family table line right now is: 

"BUT MOooooooom, YOU think EVERYTHING is delicious!"

I vacillate between feeling on top of the world and somewhere else (with a skinned up knee and ice on my brain). Terri Salminen, you are always on my shoulder in the kitchen inspiring me; You are my "soffritto sister.

NOW... how do I possibly fit more exercise IN and make it FUN?



Enter in my best friend Laura who moved away from me four years ago (sob). I call her my "chimmie" from Indy (aka racing land) and I challenge YOU to join our first annual #chimmie500. Three days ago I asked her to join me and sent this video explaining it all:

 

The #Chimmie500 = 10 sets of 10 push ups  + 10 sets of 10 squats every day, 5 days a week (I am NOT doing 100 all at one time mind you). My phone is on a 60 min timer and no matter where I am, when the timer goes off, I do my 10 reps of each for a grand total of 100 each for the day/500 each for the week. 


It was Laura's idea to add the squats. Thanks. I had fun telling everyone at the salon about our new fun game (thanks for taking the picture Mac!)

Today is my third day and my pecs are on fire. I won't be writing everyday here, so feel free to follow the shenanigans on Instagram and Twitter (High fives to my sister-in-law Vicki who launched her 100 push up challenge to her High School Dance team last year. I remember her telling me about it and thinking... that's genius. I can do that! But I never made it past day 1... Thanks for the inspo V!)


There is something else I'm after in 2016.

As a child, "the mullies" was the silly place my sister Katie and I would catapult ourselves during playtime, flying off swings and high places, yelling "to the mullies" at the top of our lungs and transporting ourselves in.an.instant to "infinity and beyond" (before our feet landed quickly on the ground). 

Our little souls were unbounded.

"To the Mullies" is right now and in a little bit. I have been reading more lately (slowing down) and found these two paragraphs quite fitting in articulating what my crazy blog name means to me:

"Every time you feel even a moment of joy and love, freedom and bliss, you have stepped into the land of light. You feel so wonderful that you want to keep the experience going, the way two infatuated lovers never want to be apart. But your ego, your safe house, calls you back. This pattern of coming and going is how letting go works. It takes repeated exposure to the unbounded soul for you to know that it is real. But your old conditioning will keep pulling you back. In time, your trips outside will last longer and feel more comfortable. Your soul is starting to seep into you; with this merging you begin to understand that you can live in the unbounded permanently. It becomes more natural than your safe house because in the unbounded, you are the real you. 

Therefore, expecting the best isn't about wishful thinking or optimism. It's about recognizing in advance that your goal is attainable. The unbounded soul is experienced, however faintly, in every impulse of the soul. This counters the prevailing attitude in psychology that happiness is a temporary state stumbled upon by accident. I find that attitude deplorable. To declare that love and joy, the primal component of happiness, are occasional is a teaching born of desperation. Keep in mind the image of the safe house and the land of light that surrounds it. No one will ever force you to let go of the limited space you occupy, but you always have the choice to seek the infinite, because that is who you really are."    
                                                                  - Deepak Chopra 
                                                                    Reinventing the Body, Resurrecting the Soul

Thanks Deepak. You nailed it right on the kisser mister.

To the mullies we go... in our kitchens, at our family tables, on the ground doing push ups + squats... to being goofballs who jump out of little safe houses.

Let's begin again

And make 2016 our best one yet. 

I freaking love cheese fries too Chris... Let's just keep it to the weekends, kay?:)

xoxoL



ps

I'm a goober for the Microbiome | Get more sleep: Unlocking the Sleep-Gut Connection


pps

Loving my new cookbook and all the legos Santa brought us. The force has indeed awakened.







Monday, December 21, 2015

Bring Life Closer for the Holidays


Dear Terri,

I think this might be my most favorite ambassador smash to date! We miss you and your family dearly & I feel more connected than ever to you this holiday season (even though we are oceans apart)!

Merry Christmas to you and yours - Your Dutch "Hangop" yogurt recipe is DELICIOUS! I will never forget making it with the Prairie Farm Corps last Summer for the first time!


Enjoy this lovely Christmas Ambassador Smash video - It was crazy fun to put together!

Someday, we'll ride bikes side by side and go to your market together just like we went to mine last July. I simply cannot wait to greet your dear friends and experience your part of the world. Until then, let's keep bringing life closer, one recipe at a time!


Much love and Christmas cheers! To the mullies we GO.........

xoxoL

Sunday, December 13, 2015

A December Ambassador Challenge


The holidays are challenging all right... My month started out with dirt and major light problems. 

I'm swinging into mid December to answer the #1 Food Revolution HQ's December Ambassador Challenge = Healthier, Happier Holidays! 

Here are some tips from Jamie on how to have a bit of a healthier one and here are the top four hitters in my holiday line up:

First batter UP:


With the new Star Wars movie coming out, we're watching every.single.one up to the big event this week. The kids LOVE helping me make popcorn from scratch and this encourages us to "use the force". Here's a great article on the WHY you should ditch the microwave pop action.

Shake and Bake Family Movie Night Popcorn
(Couldn't help to link to this super fun video we made 2 years ago... oh my babies are so BIG now!)

1. Heat up 2-3 T coconut oil in your biggest pan (with a clear lid if possible so you can see it all pop!) on medium-high heat.
2. Put 2-3 kernels in and heat with lid on until they pop.
3. Dump 3/4 cup in the oil, relid. Using oven mits, vent the lid and gently shake shake shake to coat all the kernels with oil. You'll know it's done when you only hear a few pops left (just like the microwave).
4. Shake some seat salt on top and EAT! Make it more holiday-ish by spreading the popcorn out on a cookie sheet, melt some dark chocolate in a double broiler, crunch up dye free peppermint sticks and drizzle it all over the top of the popcron. Oh yea... but you gotta wait till it dries unless you want goey chocolatey fingers all over your house (no thank you ma'am).


Second batter UP:


I recently made a simple whole grain swap to my pancake recipe! Loving this article on The Truth About Grains - Whole & Refined. I'm getting there... My kids actually prefer this recipe and it saves my more expensive flour blend for other baking and cooking projects.

You gotta try this home run recipe:

Simple Oaty Banana Pancakes 

1 cup of whole oats (I grind the oats into a fine flour with my nutribullet - It takes less than 30 sec!)
2 pastured eggs
1 mashed banana
1 T avocado oil 
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp sea salt
1 c almond or cashew milk (or whatever milk you want)
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
A few shakes of ground cinnamon

In a medium bowl, mix all ingredients well with a whisk. Pour silver dollar sized pancakes on an oiled skillet (I like to use ghee) and flippy floppy about 3-4 minutes on each side or until bubbles come to the surface.

I always feel pressed for time on school mornings, but these pancakes take less than 15 minutes to make now that I keep all the ingredients grouped for easy access in the morning. My kids love extra cut up bananas, strawberries or raspberries on top with a drizzle of grade B pure maple syrup!


Third batter UP:


We'll also be making my last year's NO BAKE collaboration with the 52 New Foods Cookbook! This year, I am going to soak my dates for 15 minutes before processing and I am also adding mini dark chocolate chips to my mint icecream! Let me know if you give these mamacitas a try with your kids this holiday season! Ho Ho Ho with Holiday G-Hoppers (Video Link HERE or below)!



Forth Batter UP = "cleaning UP"

Personally, I am trying to avoid all refined grains (with or without gluten) and attempting to keep my refined sugar to less than 32 grams a day (4 grams = 1 tsp). It's hard, but boy does it work.

Holiday Party Game plan = I am milking 2-3 drinks MAX a night (with a huge glass of water in between each drink). Gotta keep it classy - It's holiday party dress up time and I am in love with this camo skirt + anything plaid! 


Cheers to
Enjoying Star Wars popcorn nights
Making more pancake breakfasts
Cutting back on adding sugar (OOOF)
Dressing up with girlfriends
Savoring good food + drink at holiday parties
Learning how to meditate + slow it down

Note to self: PLEASE wrap the presents before Xmas eve this year and don't forget to suck in your core (at all times).

Xoxo
L


ps

Coming soon... A brand new Holiday Ambassador Smash with my soffritto sister Terri. Here is a little sneak peak on her Instagram page!











Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Cooking & Talking UP the Real Food Revolution in Lake County


In early November I had the honor of speaking at the Lake County Health Department's Semi-Annual Registered Dietician and Nutritionist Seminar on gluten intolerance. It was an incredible afternoon with Kathleen Parry, MPH, RDN, LDN, Coordinator of the Nutrition Services at the Lake County Health Department and Community Health Center + Demetrius Willis MS, MBA, RDN, LDN, Sr. Dietitian and Nutrition Education Coordinator of the Lake County WIC (Women Infants and Children) Program. I have to say, speaking to them and their team of nutritionists was the highlight of the month for me.

We all left feeling more educated + empowered as the seminar included three presentations. It began with an excellent presentation by two nutritionists on the differences between gluten intolerance, gluten allergy and celiac disease. Eric Carlberg, the Prairie Farm Corps Director and Educator at Liberty Prairie Foundation followed with a presentation about current agricultural and farming practices. I concluded the afternoon with my food change story, current research trends on the microbiome/gut-brain connection and a food demonstration of my oaty 3-way pancakes & the Prairie Farm Corps sautéed greens. Yum!

Go BULLDOGS! About a week afterwards, I returned to Mrs Lori Pary's Wauconda High School Wellness classes. She has a fantastic curriculum and I absolutely LOVE coming into her classroom to talk about making small changes towards more real food. I look forward to coming back next semester!

In other news, I'm asking for this new cookbook by the daddio of the Food Rev from Santa this year... In the meantime, I'm pimping up my holiday meal planning with these lovelies: Jamie's Everyday Super Food Recipes

I haven't done a cooking video in a long time, but I tell you what, every song on Jess Glynne's new album makes me want to turn up the volume and share the real world craziness that goes on in my kitchen and family table. I can't help my silly goober self! How perfect are these lyrics when thinking about making a food change work? So, here's her song + lyrics for all of you peeps in the trenches trying to navigate buying, cooking and eating more real food for your family. The song is playing in my earbuds as I type this... I'm seriously feeling a new video coming on:) HA!!! 

So, now you'll know what I'm playing in my kitchen this month when I need a pick me up to get cooking... it seriously works every time...

"Take it from me, no rights, no wrongs..." just more real food and less added sugar kiddos.

To the Mullies we go... 


Going through hell, while looking at heaven 
Found an answer looking for a question 
Not enough words to make a sentence 
It’s not easy to find a way
How much water to kill a fire?
How many lows can take you higher?
The only road to your desire
It won’t be easy to find a way

I don’t know what I believe
I won’t let my eyes be deceived
The winds whispering through the trees
That is not gonna be, not gonna be easy

And oh, no rights, no wrongs, take it from me
Cause the answers are living indefinitely
It’s time to face it, cause you can’t change it
No rights, no wrongs, take it from me
And no (Na, na, na)
Take it from me (Oh, oh, oh)
Won’t you just take it from me (Na, na, na)
Oh, na, na, na, na
No rights, no wrongs take it from me

How many laughs to make me happy?
I’m counting stars, they make me lucky
How many turns ‘til I find me?
It’s not easy to find a way
How many lies, ‘til a confession
How many prayers, lead to a blessing
How many burns, to learn a lesson
Now, it’s not easy to find a way

I don’t know what I believe
I won’t let my eyes be deceived
The winds whispering through the trees
That is not gonna be, not gonna be easy

And oh, no rights, no wrongs, take it from me
Cause the answers are living indefinitely
It’s time to face it, cause you can’t change it
No rights, no wrongs, take it from me
And no (Na, na, na)
Take it from me (Oh, oh, oh)
Won’t you just take it from me (Na, na, na)
Oh, na, na, na, na
No rights, no wrongs take it from me

Talk to a stranger and take wrong turns
Cause in this moment we will make it work
Dance with devils, and taste the burn
Cause in this moment we will make it work
Oh, oh, no, no, yea, yea
Oh, no, no, no, no

And oh, no rights, no wrongs, take it from me
Cause the answers are living indefinitely
It’s time to face it, cause you can’t change it
No rights, no wrongs, take it from me
And no (Na, na, na)
Take it from me (Oh, oh, oh)
Won’t you just take it from me (Na, na, na)
Oh, na, na, na, na
No rights, no wrongs take it from me


Super WIDE high fives to THAT!!

xoxo















Monday, November 16, 2015

It's a Chicago Food Day 2015 + Lake County BIG Apple Crunch WRAP


Golly Gee Willackers... FINALLY a recap on our Chicago and Lake County Food Day events!

Better late than never... so here we GO!


I had a ball on the planning committee with Executive Director Dana Garcia (pictured left of me) and Marketing Creative Lead, Bill Bonner. Here we all are with our fantastic Governer's State Volunteers! The event was a huge success at Daley Plaza, anchored by Cathy Kenworthy, CEO of Interactive Health who spoke in front of Daley Plaza about the impact of real food wellness in our lives. I could just feel the electricity buzz stronger at the Farmer's Market after her inspirational speech!

It was an honor to be a part of this year's Chicago Food Day events and I cannot WAIT until next year!! Be sure to visit Foodday.org and check out how our entire nation celebrated!



Gotta have music! Thank you Chicago Ambassador Sarvin and Awatif for volunteering with us!


Look who joined us from Lake County! Ohhhhh... I am still dreaming of our adventures together last Summer at the Prairie Farm Corps!


We kicked off our Hidden Harvest Hunt with three drops at Daley Plaza. Dana and I thought it would be fun to take a cue from Survivor's hidden immunity necklace shenanigans... Would anyone realize that it's an actual envelope and not just a decoration on the podium? 

Learn more about our incredible 3-day +6k sponsored social media treasure hunt that helped 15 Chicagoans BUY + COOK + GROW + EAT more real food HERE


I took the stage after Cathy to kick off our 2015 Hidden Harvest Hunt with a few LIVE Hidden Harvest drops on the Plaza!


He found the hidden immunity necklace... errrrr I mean envelope!


This lucky winner found his at the American Diabetes of Illinois tent!


Our first winner outside of Daley Plaza was literally panting as she came up the escalator with her stroller! She inched out another treasure hunter by only 5 minutes! WHOA!

Huge thanks to the following Hidden Harvest Drop Location Sponsors for making our social media treasure hunt so FUN & INTERACTIVE:


Thank you Foodseum!



Thank you The Chopping Block


HUGE thanks to our Hidden Harvest Hunt inspiration and sponsor, @HiddenCashChi1. This lovely family found their envelope!

The @HiddenCashChi1 twitter handle is at it year round, so don't forget to give them follow and keep up the "pay it forward" cash hunting! ...You never know how much moullah you will find:)





Thank you Uncommon Ground for hosting TWO drops with Farmer Alison at their urban rooftop farm (the 1st certified organic rooftop farm in the USA!) and at their epic Greenstar Brewery with Brewmaster Martin (the 1st certified organic brewery in Illinois!).


Thank you Real Food Northwestern for hosting TWO drops during your very own campus Hidden Harvest hunt! We are so impressed by your week of Food Day activities! GO NU!


Thank you Snap Kitchen!


Thank you Wow Bao!




Thank you Growing Home at the Green City Market

Huge LOVE to Ambassador Christina Erickson for braving our Hidden Harvest in the cold rain with me all day!!!


Thank you Holzkopf's Meat Market!




Thank you Peterson Garden Project's Fearless Kitchen for hosting TWO live drops in your community cooking classes!

The Great Apple Crunch - Lake County


HATS OFF to the Stevenson High School's NEW Food Revolution Club for organizing Lake County's first multi-district Big Apple Crunch!

Over 3500 students at Washington, Mechanics Grove, Fairhaven, Diamond Lake, West Oak, Sprague and Daniel Wright schools took part in the Lake County Apple Crunch for Food Day. Over 2,000 apples were donated by Harvest Time Orchard (Twin Lakes, WI) and hand picked by the SHS Food Rev club. District 76's apples were donated by Preferred Meals. Additional apples were donated by Sunset Foods, Mariano's and Trader Joe's.

The SHS Food Revolution club coordinated the entire Lake County effort from start to finish; I could not be more impressed by the organization and execution of the school events! WOW! 


WELCOME NEW AMBASSADOR SARA LOHRMANN to the Lake County Food Revolution Team! Sara joins me and Ambassador Christina (pictured left) as the SHS Food Rev sponsor. Together we will work to bring more energy to our local Food Revolution efforts happening in our homes + schools + workplaces here in Lake County! 










I got to meet these two amazing co-founders of the SHS Food Revolution Club at West Oak! They took charge and led all four West Oak School lunches in crunching simultaneously. Each student left with a certificate of participation including easy "from scratch" recipe ideas to take home and try out in their own kitchens.


Ambassador Christina + Food Revolution Club SHS = AMAZING!!






Congratulations to all of the apple trivia winners - They won their very own t-shirt prizes!


Big thanks to Mary (hot pink coat) at Preferred Meals for donating apples for District 76's CRUNCH and to Sue Kruckman (far right), our amazing D76 Wellness Committee Chair who helped to organize D76's big lunchroom day!

THANK YOU for supporting food education + more real food in our schools!




And that's a FOOD DAY 2015 WRAP!

See ya next year on and around October 24th!!!!

xoxoxo
L