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  • Posted Chronicle Reports on Hope to Dish with Gracie
    Nonprofit Recipe for Success brings produce, jobs to Sunnyside as reported by John D. Harden / Houston Chronicle, August 7, 2017 By mid-morning, Justin Myers' hands were covered with dirt, his stubble dripped with sweat and his clothes smelled like the dark soil he was using to plant the upcoming season's crops. He and six other volunteers arrived in Sunny-side at 6 a.m. Wednesday to tend to the okra, cabbage and peppers planted through winter and spring and to prepare for the farm's first autumn production. <<Read the entire article.>>...
  • Posted Cavnar a Top Mom to Dish with Gracie
    The May issue of Family Circle Magazine featured Recipe for Success Founder, Gracie Cavnar as one of the country's 20 Most Influential Moms in recognition for her work. Follow this link for the online version....
  • Posted Top Chefs Cook a $2,500 Dinner to Dish with Gracie
    PaperCity Social Columnist Shelby Hodge reports: "Houston's Top Chefs Cook a $2,500 Dinner for a Fancy Crowd -- and a Beloved Foodie Charity Force Wins For the second annual "Delicious Alchemy" evening, Recipe for Success founder Gracie Cavnar rounded up a stable of the city's top toques to create an unforgettable meal for an audience of 101." Read the whole story here. OR check out event coverage from The Houston Chronicle and CultureMap...
  • Posted Health & Bohemian Fashion to Dish with Gracie
    Recipe for Success hosts Haute Hippie at Neiman Marcus for VIP dinner party Annual "Dress for Dinner" bash celebrates healthy eating and bohemian fashion during two-part bash Reported by Amber Elliott for The Houston Chronicle on March 3, 2017 "When I heard about Recipe for Success, it really touched my heart," [chair Tammie] Johnson said in between courses. "Young children need to understand that their brain, heart, and body all function best with good food." The whole story from Amber: "Recipe for Success founder Gracie Cavnar is usually all about the food. On Thursday evening, however, she invited mother/daughter duo Tammie Johnson and Brittany Randolph to chair an evening in celebration of another popular f-word: fashion. Neiman Marcus hosted the party-in-two parts located on the Galleria department store's third floor. There, a stylish crowd gathered for Haute Hippie's bohemian-chic runway...
  • Posted New Scholarship for Veterans to Dish with Gracie
    Hope Farms celebrated Veterans Day 2016 with the announcement of a new workforce development scholarship for U.S Veterans interested in pursuing a career in urban agriculture. Our Veteran Farmer Training Scholaraships are designed to empower a new battalion of urban agriprenuers. The scholarships, funded by United Healthcare Foundation, provide a twelve-month Hope Farmer Training Program, which includes full-time wages, hands-on classes in horticulture, the business of growing and distribution of produce, as well as college level coursework in financial literacy, accounting, banking and business planning. Members of the Houston business community will mentor the trainees, who will also benefit from specially curated course work at Houston Community College and University of Houston in a well-rounded workforce development program designed to foster entrepreneurship. Two U.S. Veterans will be awarded the scholarship in early 2017. The Foundation will gradually increase the number...
  • Posted Powerful Messages to Dish with Gracie
    The very creation of Recipe for Success Foundation stemmed from Gracie Cavnar's anger at the powerful marketing dollars being levered to pedal junk food to kids. To help parents and teachers inspire their kids to resist the lure of junk food marketing, we created farmers marKIDS, a free curriculum that teaches children about the whole food chain from farm to grocery store and nutures their entrieprenurial spirit by guiding them through the process of turning their fresh garden produce into a market stand business. Read more about farmers marKIDS and get your free curriculum. And as part of our Seed-to-Plate Nutrition Education™ programs in schools, we created an in-depth curriculum called Eat This!, designed to teach kids exactly how food is marketed to them, so that they could become discerning customers. Our Affiliate Partners in Houston and across the country...
  • Posted "Pie", a poem by Rich Levy to Dish with Gracie
    How mollifying, late afternoon, when one is aloneand lunch is long over, to stop at the cafeteria for a slice of key lime pie. You take a tableby the window and turn your back to the room as if you have much to think about, when in realityyou are staring blankly at an almost rainy blank sky and the windblown gestures of trees. You don'tlinger, eating deliberately, carving each forkful into equal parts topping and filling, whichtogether create tiny bifurcated hillocks of cloud and meadow with a sandy crust below,the topping the color of fine creamery butter, the filling a green so pale, so diluted, its hueis almost invisible. The ice water you sip with your pie lends an appropriate austerityto the occasion. There are others here: the tall bleached blonde and her mother stirringtheir coffee, the khakied group from...
  • Posted BRAVA TO DIANE WARD to Dish with Gracie
    MEET OUR AUGUST VOLUNTEER OF THE MONTH! Diana read about us last spring in The Houston Chronicle's special Houston Gives issue spotlighting our city's wonderful charities and the state of philathropy (read story) and decided we were a perfect fit for her passions. "I can identify with eating the right kinds of foods from my own journey to better health." Cheerful and hardworking, we love the way she connects with our EatThis! summer campers. Now she is scheduling her fall around volunteering in our school classrooms to help us deliver Seed-to-Plate Nutrition Education™ to elementary students. Thank you Diane for helping us change the way children eat! Find out more about how to volunteer HERE....
  • Posted Kids' Newsworthy Snacks to Dish with Gracie
    Our Eat This! Summer Camp sparked the interest of several media outlets in August. Dozens of enthusiastic 8-to-11 years olds learned about the food business with us, especially how food is marketed to them, so that they will always be able to discern the difference between promotional language on the front of the box and the facts on the side. The kids spent their camp week at RecipeHouse developing a great-tasting healthy food product to sell at Revival Market. Ryan Pera and his team at Revival selected a winning product to produce and feature on their retail shelves throughout August and September with all proceeds donated to Recipe for Success. A BIG thank you to Chef Pera for supporting our campers and the Foundations efforts to change the way kids eat! The "Fruit Leather Jacket" (roll-ups made of peaches, honey,...
  • Posted Start the Day Healthy to Dish with Gracie
    Yep, its that time of year again SCHOOL DAYS. The morning hustle of rousting sleepy heads from bed, getting dressed, throwing down breakfast, finding the backpack and out the door to beat the bell. But in the flurry of activity, we encourage you to pay some attention to breakfast. According to a 2005 study published in "Physiology and Behavior," eating a healthy breakfast in the morning has beneficial effects on memory -- particularly short-term -- and attention, allowing children to more quickly and accurately retrieve information. Children who eat breakfast perform better on reading, arithmetic and problem-solving tests. Eating breakfast also positively affects endurance and creativity in the classroom, reports Abdullah Khan in his 2006 dissertation for Murdoch University on the relationship between breakfast and academic performance. Here's our idea of a healthy start to the day that you and...
  • Posted Art of Food-a Tasty Party to Dish with Gracie
    On September 27th, Greg Martin of Bistro Menil (pictured here) along with 20 more of Houston's delicious chefs, 20 remarkable artists, and a dozen delectable boutique wines, sprits and craft beer makers, will gather at The Four Seasons Houston to dazzle the senses of party goers at the final celebration of our 10th Anniversary. Tickets from $250 per person and tables from $1500 are available by CLICKING HERE....
  • Posted Introducing Amy Scott to Dish with Gracie
    Our new Hope Farm Manager, Amy Scott started volunteering at the food pantry in Pasadena, California, right out of college. Because she thought the pantry should offer healthier choices, Amy decided she needed to learn how to grow fresh produce and improve their offerings. Little did she know, that her deep concern about food security issues would propel her to seek greener fields and better produce--first in northern California, then east in New York and New Jersey where she discovered the secret to coaxing maximum productivity from small scale farms using organic methods, as well as a new beau who was a Princeton lad. When that Texas boy managed to lure her to the Third Coast to try her hand in our East Texas gumbo, she tripped across Recipe for Success Foundation's new Hope Farms project as if it was...
  • Posted Locavore chefs share their skills to Dish with Gracie
    Dateline May 6, 2016 Houstonia Magazine: Locavore chefs share their skills with kids--and foodie adults. Once a month, chef Ruffy Sulaiman goes to MacGregor Elementary School. He got his own elementary education long ago in Lagos, Nigeria, but he says that doesn't keep him from learning on his regular visits with students. "Because of what the kids are doing at the school, growing their own things, I've started looking into growing some plants in-house," he says. In his role as executive chef at the Hilton Americas, Sulaiman is currently working to start a rooftop garden that will supply the kitchen at 1600 Bar + Grill. It's all in a day's work as part of Recipe for Success' Chef Advisory Board. Read more....
  • Posted Join us at Saks Fifth Avenue to Dish with Gracie
    Time to put on your favorite Aquazzura stilettos and party with designer, Edgardo Osorio! Please join Carrie Colbert on Wednesday, October 28 from 6pm - 8pm for our second Dress for Dinner of the season! You won't want to miss the fun at Saks Fifth Avenue! Buy your tickets here! Just look at the fun we had last month!...
  • Posted Take a Seat at Our Table to Dish with Gracie
    The Dinner Conversation is a new dialogue that we are starting Houston to honor our tenth anniversary, designed to celebrate our vision of a world where healthy eating is the norm and a culture where nutritious food is shared, appreciated, and celebrated. It will be a multi-media project of personal essays, written, recorded and video interviews and photography that we will collect throughout the year.We have plans to capture Houstonians from every neighborhood and walk of life sharing their most powerful food memories, life changing meals and fondest family food traditions, which will be honored for posterity in an electronic book. There will be some special sections including, A Taste of Home, where we ask immigrants to divulge where in Houston they find that special ingredient, and Food of Our Grandmothers--multiple generations remembering their family food traditions creating an oral...
  • Posted A Decade in the Making to Dish with Gracie
    The first time Gracie met Glen Boudreaux, he approached her after a presentation about her vision for a new organization called Recipe for Success, which included the idea of Hope Farms to bring fresh produce into underserved Houston neighborhoods. At the time, the term food desert had yet to appear in the national conversation. He said, "Gracie, I know all about non-profit farming; what can I do to help?" A new partnership was born on the spot! Since that day, Honi & Glen Boudreaux have worked with Gracie to bring the vision of Hope Farms to reality. Now thanks to a substantial grant from Wells Fargo Foundation, a sizeable gift of land in Houston's Sunnyside neighborhood plus initial capital and operating gifts from the Simmons and Brown Foundations, Hope Farms is about to sprout as a showcase urban farm where...
  • Posted VegOut! in the Chronicle to Dish with Gracie
    Recipe for Success reminds you to eat your vegetablesNonprofit promotes better eating with monthlong challengeBy Greg Morago-March 10, 2015 Caloric indulgences are always aplenty in Houston. But when the rodeo pulls into town, temptations can overwhelm even the most sensible of diets. Houston has nearly a month-long love affair with chocolate-dipped cheesecake, foot-long sausages on a stick, funnel cakes with a flurry of powdered sugar, heaping portions of barbecue, jaw-busting burgers and deep-fried bacon during the run of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.Which makes VegOut!, a campaign sponsored by Recipe for Success, so perfectly timed. Read the whole story....
  • Posted It's Déjà Vu All Over Again to Dish with Gracie
    An Editorial for the Houston Chronicle, by Gracie Cavnar. In 2004, I celebrated the news that Susan Combs, Texas Agricultural Commissioner at the time, had wrestled control of the school lunch program from those who supported the idea of soda machines in elementary schools and Sara Lee on the lunch line. I was proud that Texas, which was leading the nation in childhood obesity rates, was also leading the way on meaningful reform to help reverse the epidemic. Last month, I got a headache when I read that Sid Miller, our current Texas Agricultural Commissioner, is on a campaign to reverse those rules and will probably succeed, despite protests from health experts, teachers and parents. It had been a heads-up from Susan about vending machines in schools that sparked my own fight to save the next generation from a lifetime...
  • Posted Why We Are Front & Center @Bayou Green Day to Dish with Gracie
    We want to celebrate the historic legacy of Houston's bayous as the first food highway into town at the city's inception and to bring some cultural relevance into the connection of land, water, and the vast diversity of Houstonian's foodways. The RFS team will be at three parks on Saturday, April 4 as part of the Houston Parks Board Bayou Green Day. We helped create an event passport as another salute to the original gateways to Houston, so we will be stamping passports at all three of our booths: At Gragg Park folks can stop by to share their Favorite Holiday Food Stories on video and earn a passport stamp. Then, at Spurlock Park we are helping folks write original poetry and enter our Garden Haikus for Earth Day contest, which will be judged by Rich Levy (Poet and Director...
  • Posted FOURTH-ANNUAL GARDEN HAIKUS FOR EARTH DAY CONTEST to Dish with Gracie
    We are celebrating the bounty of spring with poetry contest.Celebrate National Gardening Month, National Poetry Month AND Earth Day this April by taking part in the fourth-annual Recipe for Success Foundation Garden Haikus for Earth Day Contest. Students and adults are invited to enter the citywide contest online. Houstonians can also pick up flyers and submit haikus on April 4 at the Recipe for Success booth at Bayou Greenway Day along Brays Bayou, on April 11 at the RFS booth at Earth Day Houston at Discovery Green, and on April 18 at the Veggie Riot VegOut! Wrap-up & Chef Showdown at Houstonia House in the Heights. Or you can enter online HERE.Rules for Contest: Submit your poem in the traditional haiku format to reflect spring garden themes or the fun of growing and eating healthy food. Winners will be selected...
  • Posted Schools Get Involved In Better Nutrition to Dish with Gracie
    Houston Chronicle reporter, Rebecca Hennes wrote about our work in the HealthZone section on Sunday, Feb 22, 2015. "For decades, kids have tried every trick in the book to avoid eating vegetables. For parents who struggle to figure out how to turn that around, researchers at the Baylor College of Medicine have determined that educational intervention - such as involving children in cooking or gardening - is the answer. Read more......
  • Posted Recipe for Success Foundation Co-Hosts FoodDay Panel to Dish with Gracie
    Let's Talk School Lunch! Mark your calendar and join us Thursday, October 18thfrom 4:30 until 7:30John H. Reagan High School413 East 13th Streetin the Houston Heights4:30-5:30pm School Garden Tours by students of Reagan Eco Club5:00-6:15pm Movie Screening of "Whats on Your Plate?"A student documentary presented by Urban Harvest Youth Gardening Education6:15 p.m. School Lunch Updatea panel discussion moderated by Beverly Gor, project director CanDo With panelists: Gracie Cavnar, founder of Recipe for Success Foundation Brian Giles, director HISD/Aramark Food Service Bettina Siegel, editor The Lunch Tray Juliet Stipech, member HISD School Board Christine Sullivan,COO of Revolution Foods...
  • Posted Weighty Matters to Dish with Gracie
    This op-ed by Recipe for Success Founder, Gracie Cavnar appeared in The Houston Chronicle on Sunday, October 19, 2012. . .Put down that cheeseburger and wrap your brain around this: A recent report from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation projected that half of all adults in the U.S. will be obese by 2030. To make matters worse, the RAND corporation (who was the first to predict the collapse of the Soviet Union) just declared the collapse of the American waistline with the news that the number of morbidly obese in this country has doubled since 2010. Obesity has now replaced smoking as the number one health hazard in America.These trends aren't just alarming--provoking unprecedented rates of chronic diseases striking at early ages, and expensive--obesity is expected to cost U.S. taxpayers and businesses $370 billion by 2030, they are dangerous, too....
  • Posted Kids Who Cook are Hungrier for Healthier Food Choices to Dish with Gracie
    When we designed our Seed-to-Plate Nutrition Education curriculum, we were motivated by early studies showing that children who garden eat healthier meals, and that children who cook make healthier food choices. We figured, that if kids cooked and gardened the effect would be compounded. Sure enough, we are seeing that 5-12 year old students who participate with Recipe for Success for one school year are averaging a 30% increase in fresh fruit and vegetable consumption.Here are the latest scientific findings that reinforce the reasoning behind our work: http://t.co/8L5jZYIl...
  • Posted Funding Opportunities to Dish with Gracie
    UnitedHealth HEROES Apply for Grants to Help Combat Childhood Obesity by Oct. 22One-third of American children are considered overweight or obese. More than half have at least one cardiovascular risk factor, and childhood obesity often leads to adult obesity, causing continued health issues.To help improve children's health, UnitedHealthcare and AmeriChoice, two UnitedHealth Group businesses, have joined together in partnership with Youth Service America (YSA) to create UnitedHealth HEROES. UnitedHealth HEROES awards grants up to $1,000 to schools and youth-focused community organizations for projects that children develop for their peers to combat obesity. Apply for a grant online by Oct. 22.National Gardening Association Accepting Applications for Youth Garden Grants One hundred grants valued up to $1,000 will be awarded to schools and community organizations in the United States working to provide child-centered garden programs.... Apply for a grant online by November...
  • Posted Rednecks and Wilting Lilies, by Chef Monica Pope to Dish with Gracie
    When people ask me what it was like to be invited to the White House by Michelle Obama, I tell them, "It was HOT!"  I do mean that figuratively, but mostly literally. It all started with a call from Vermont.  Gracie Cavnar, founder and director of Recipe for Success, calls me from Vermont to laughingly chide me, "I invited you to the White House and I want to know why you haven't responded!"  Truth be told, I've been so busy I missed that email.  Gracie tells me that Michelle Obama is launching Chefs Move to Schools, the second part of her Let's Move campaign to fight childhood obesity; the event is in less than a week on the South Lawn of the White House and the First Lady wants 1,000 chefs from all across the country to show up in...
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