True Food Kitchen Sneak Peek

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True Food Kitchen Charity DinnerWe're excited to share with you that a new healthy food concept will soon call Houston home: True Food Kitchen has set down roots on Post Oak at San Felipe, providing a delicious and nutritious option for dining near the Galleria. Even more exciting, we're honored that True Food Kitchen has selected Recipe for Success Foundation to benefit from a special pre-opening charity dinner.

Please join us for this special event on Friday, July 25, for a taste of the healthy, delicious dishes on offer. Attendance is free, but any donations will directly benefit our efforts to educate kids about healthy eating and combat childhood obesity.

Please note that seating is limited. To RSVP for your preferred seating time, email

Getting Kids to Eat Healthy..

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HoustonMatters-IronChef.jpg"A few months ago we had a discussion about efforts to get kids to eat healthier. And while there are many programs and efforts within schools to teach kids where their food comes from - by doing things like starting a small garden on the school grounds - not all those programs take the next step and teach the kids what to do with those healthy ingredients once they have them.

So we sent Houston Matters' Michael Hagerty out to see a program called Seed-to-Plate Nutrition Education™ from the local non-profit Recipe for Success Foundation, which teaches Houston-area kids how to cook healthy meals, all while incorporating some elements of a popular reality cooking competition show..."

Listen to the segment by Michael Hagerty of KUHF's Houston Matters: "Getting Kids to Eat Healthy Includes Teaching Them to Cook".

Trouble listening? Hear the podcast on the Houston Matters page here.

Happy Campers on the Hunt

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This week kicked off our first week of Eat This! Summer Camp at RecipeHouse. Campers cook, garden and learn about nutrition and food marketing, applying their new knowledge through hands-on lessons and even creating their own food.

One of their favorite activities? Spending time in our garden hunting for insects!

CampCollage-InsectHunt.jpgLearn more about Eat This! Summer Camp and how to sign up your adventurous food and garden explorers here.

Wine & Food for Good

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Bruliam Wines will join Chef Monica Pope at Sparrow Bar + Cookshop on Tuesday, June 24, for a four-course dinner with exclusive wine pairings.

Bruliam Wines is a boutique producer of vineyard designated wines. They source their fruit from California's finest vineyards to provide world-class wines. Then they donate 100% of those profits to the charities that you choose. If you're lucky enough to live your dream, it's most satisfying when everyone shares the harvest.

For this special event, Bruliam Wines will be auctioning off two large format bottles (1.5 L).  Auction profits will be matched up to $500, with all funds donated to Recipe for Success Foundation.

Curious about Bruliam Wines? Find out more about their unique nonprofit wine concept here.

Learn more about the event and purchase tickets for the sure-to-be fabulous dinner here.

RFS Loves Greenling!

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GreenlingSpotlight.jpgGreenling Founder and Cookie Monster Mason Arnold chats with Recipe for Success Foundation at RecipeHouse about why Greenling loves supporting our programs. Their mission to support local farmers and food producers and to help connect their customers with fresh, quality, local food makes them a terrific match with Recipe for Success. Their team provides much of the produce for our full calendar of RecipeHouse classes, camps and chef dinners, as well as for special events and community outreach activities. We are grateful to have such a fun and gung-ho partner to help us GROW our message and programming! Thank you, Greenling!

Having trouble viewing? Watch this video and more on our YouTube channel.

Worm Composting with Kids!

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Recipe Gardens Coordinator Justin Myers and Seed-to-Plate Nutrition Education™ students at MacGregor Elementary built a vermiculture bin, or worm composter, to create nutritious compost to nourish the plants in their edible garden. Once the bin is built and worms are added, simply feed them food scraps to produce sustainable compost.

Watch how simple this project is, and then grab supplies and do it with your own kids for!

Trouble viewing? Watch this In Our Garden video and others on our YouTube channel.

Oh so easy Lemon-Garlic Hummus

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Recently Recipe for Success volunteer and Raising Texas blogger, Becky, channeled her inner hippie for some awesome homemade granola (something we do often with students in our Seed-to-Plate Nutrition Education™ kiddos and RecipeHouse campers, to much applause). You can read all about Becky's experience and get her recipe here. But she didn't stop at granola, so we decided to share her second hippie epiphany of the day: that hummus is SUPER easy to make in your very own kitchen. (It makes a rockin' pick-me-up snack, too. But you already knew that.)
Later in the day after granola was finished, my inner hippie wasn't done. (She had a big day.) I made my own hummus, which was so easy, I was able to make a last minute decision to do it. There are tons of different versions and ways, this is what I did:
Lemon-Garlic Hummus
2 cup canned chickpeas (also called Garbanzo Beans) drained and rinsed
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
3 tablespoons lemon juice (I had two really juicy lemons and used them up.)
1 1/2 tablespoons tahini (found usually in the Asian food section of your store. It's sesame seed paste.)
3 cloves garlic
Put it all in a food processor (I did mine in the medium-sized Ninja Pro canister) like so:
Oh so easy lemon-garlic hummus

Then you pulse it, and this happens:

lemon-garlic hummus

BOOM! HUMMUS! And it was SO GOOD. I'm never buying hummus again. 

I have lots of Facebook friends who make their own lotion. Hummus, granola & chicken stock are just child's play. You can totally do this. Or you can still buy it all at the store. No judgement here. But this tastes so much better. Just saying. 
Peace, Love & Granola,
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HISD Fruit & Veggie Fests!

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VegFest-GiggleGirls.jpgThis May, Recipe for Success Foundation teamed up with the Houston ISD Food Services Nutrition Team for the International Fruit and Vegetable Festival! Students at Berry, Briscoe and Rodriguez elementary schools traveled through the world of fruits and vegetables to learn not only the origin of each food, but how each tastes and the value of eating fresh fruits and vegetables daily.

VegFest-Blindfold.jpgStudents enjoyed trying some new and exotic produce and playing games like Veggie Bingo, Brussels Sprouts Toss and guessing what they were eating while blindfolded (blackberries tastes sweet-tart!) or touching (kiwi is so fuzzy!).

View an album showcasing more of the fun here. Read more about the festival and school nutrition in the Houston Chronicle article and on HISD eNews.

Common Bond at RecipeHouse

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Before opening their doors to the public the following week, acclaimed chef Roy Shvartzapel and the Common Bond crew hauled  dishes, tool kits and a whole mess of decadence to RecipeHouse for our May Chef Surprise. With the lofty goal of becoming "America's best bakery", Chef Roy and team gave the evening's guests a real treat - a sneak peek of their much anticipated offerings. 

CommonBond-Bread.jpgAnd while they will without a doubt have some of the best bread and pastries you've ever encountered, their savory lunch and dinner fare is nothing to scoff at. 

CommonBond-VitelloTonnato.jpgThe talented team's precision and care resulted in thoughtful, indulgent dishes that were both appealing to the eye and the palette. 

CommonBond-PistachioCake.jpgGuests were provided with parting gifts, including their soon-to-be signature kugelhopf pastry: a sweet gesture and sign that Houston's earned itself another must-taste dining spot.

Click through for a glimpse of the masterpieces crafted by the well-oiled machine that is Common Bond.

Chef Surprise occurs on the first Monday of every month at RecipeHouse in the Museum District and features an intimate evening with some of Houston's finest chefs, benefiting Recipe for Success Foundation. For more information and to reserve seats, click here.

Photos by Dragana A. Harris

Eat This! Summer Camp

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SummerCamp-ChefHats.jpgSign up your lil' foodies to join us this summer for Eat This! Summer Camp! During five-day sessions offered in June and July, campers, age eight to eleven, learn to become savvy food consumers through fun hands-on activities at RecipeHouse, our cozy home in the Museum District. 

Campers cook, garden and learn how food is developed and marketed. They culminate the week by turning their summer bounty into a healthy and marketable food product. Through hands-on learning, we prepare young consumers to navigate manipulative marketing tactics used to sell unhealthy foods. Plus, we make it TASTY and tons of FUN! 

Even more fun? One kid-created food product will be selected by Revival Market to sell on their shelves this fall!

Find dates, more info and registration forms here or email Marisol Castro

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