D4D Kickoff with David Peck

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DavidPeck2.jpgSummer's sipped its last gasp, so wave goodbye to ice-drowned drinks, barely dressed salads bursting with juicy market finds and the breeziest of sundresses to focus our sights instead on the season of respite. In particular, we are thrilled to celebrate fall fashion with you.

Please join us on Tuesday, September 2, to ring in the season with style and kickoff our SIXTH season of the annual Dress for Dinner fashion series. They party, which includes light bites, will be hosted by homegrown designer David Peck in his brand new David Peck USA showroom.  The design house is generously donating 20% proceeds from sales during the soft opening soiree to Recipe for Success Foundation, so come prepared to shop.

Fresh Chef Surpríse Season

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Jonathan LevineWE'RE BAAAAAACK. RecipeHouse took a brief hiatus from our chef-led pop-up dinners this summer to make room for Eat This! Summer Camp, but this fall, we're back in action!  Helping us kick off the 2014-2015 season is talented chef Jonathan Levine of Jonathan's The Rub on Monday, September 8.  As always, following a reception, Chef will serve up a multi-course wine dinner, complete with culinary demonstrations, in our intimate dining space in the Museum District.

This year, we're offering the chance to lock in your seats for the whole season with a special early bird rate. Purchase your Fall Season Tickets at $350 per person, which secures you a seat to all four of our monthly dinners this fall: September 8, October 6, November 10 and December 1. Individual dinner tickets are $99 per person and include, reception, wine and seated dinner.

We look forward to seeing you this fall at RecipeHouse!

Chef Surprise occurs on the first Monday of every month (excluding holidays) 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.

Prohibition Test Kitchen

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testkitchen.jpgWe're pleased to announce that our friends at Prohibition Supperclub & Bar will soon open a  downtown location.  Before they kick things into full swing, the 1920's-inspired venue will host a pop-up dinner at Kraftsmen Bakery in the Heights on Thursday, August 14 at 7pm.  Guests will enjoy a sneak peek at new menu offerings by Prohibition's chefs Ben McPherson and Matt Wommack. The downtown Prohibition location will feature a raw bar, tasting menus, fresh seafood and classic dishes.  All proceeds from Prohibition Test Kitchen ticket sales will generously be donated to Recipe for Success Foundation to support our efforts to make healthy eating fun and easy. 

Purchase your tickets at ProhibitionHouston.com.

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 rsvp@truefoodkitchen.com.

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,
Read more from Becky at RaisingTexasBlog.com.
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