Our Last Day at Lu Sutton Elementary

For the past month, Bay Leaf Kitchen has been partnering with Chef Hollie Greene of Joy Foodly and the Joyful12 to bring healthy cooking and food education to Lu Sutton Elementary School in Novato. Hollie's online platform, Joyful12, provides its users with access to recipes organized by seasonal ingredients and chock full of interesting information, videos, tutorials and tips for parents to get their kids in the kitchen and get cooking! For the last four weeks, Amy, Elianna and I have been working with Hollie in Novato where she has taught parents, and we've worked with the kids, on a new recipe each week.  

Over the last month we got to swoon over Brussels Sprouts, get excited about Asparagus, munch on Spinach, and go wild with English Shelling Peas. We found the Lu Sutton Elementary School kids to be eager, excited and creative and we all had a ton of fun! In addition to our Wednesday cooking classes, kids and families from Lu Sutton were also challenged try a new fruit or vegetable each week. It was exciting to hear about the new ways students and parents were exploring and experimenting with fresh fruits and vegetables and integrating healthy cooking and fun in the kitchen into their everyday lives!

We are looking forward to hearing from Lu Sutton Elementary School families about how their cooking projects are carrying on at home. We hope we can work with some of these bright and exciting students in Bay Leaf Kitchen programs in the future!

-Rachel

Follow us in Novato as we team up with JoyFoodly

We feel so lucky working in food education among our friends and teachers. Chef Hollie Greene is not only a great friend of ours but her positive energy and engaging teaching style is also an inspiration to us at Bay Leaf Kitchen.  Hollie is the founder of Joyfoodly an amazing website and teaching aid to help families eat more fruits and vegetables. One of the best parts of her website is her Technique Time Out videos like this one How to Prep Cauliflower.

She has taught thousands of kids the joys of building their plates around vegetables and fruits through her website and in person at schools and even Bay Leaf Kitchen Camp 2014.  We had so much fun making Summer Curry and Naan with Hollie at our July camp! 

We are very honored to be working alongside her to as she helps improve the health of community in Novato, CA by bringing the joy of cooking at home through her program, the Joyful12.  Together we are raising money to provide a full circle program in Novato, giving all the families at Lu Sutton Elementary access to the Joyful12, teaching adults and kids how to use the Joyful12 in their homes and launching Jr. Chef Helpers in Novato.

You can learn more about the campaign here. Please join the Joyfoodly and Bay Leaf Kitchen team and help more families eat more and more fruits and vegetables everyday!