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Chef Justin featured in Eating Well May/June 2017

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The editorial team at Eating Well are ramping up their veggie intake and challenging each other in VegOut! this month. They praise the work of Recipe for Success in their most recent publication and feature Chef Justin Kouri, along with his recipe that gives a spin to the "humble" radish. Get out your mixing bowl and give Chef Justin's Grilled Green Beans with Watermelon-Radish Salsa a try!

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Cavnar a Top Mom

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Screen Shot 2017-04-14 at 10.22.35 AM.pngThe 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. Screen Shot 2017-04-14 at 10.22.59 AM.png

Top Chefs Cook a $2,500 Dinner

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0207_RecipeForSuccessDinner_041917_MCW.jpgPaperCity 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

Health & Bohemian Fashion

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IMG_0953.jpgRecipe 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 show; Neal Hamil models sashayed down the catwalk in gunmetal-accented, vintage-inspired pieces - a timely presentation for last minute Houston Livestock and Rodeo-wardrobe shopping.
Afterward, select VIPs slinked away for an intimate dinner at in-house eatery, Mariposa. Most got the "intimate" memo, anyway. One particularly raucous table brought Steak48-level energy to the private soiree, though Cavnar handled their revelry in stride.

"We manage to teach kids that healthy foods can be delicious, easy, and fun," she said above the noise, concisely explaining her organization's MO. "Now I invite you all to pull out your phones and search for an app called 'VegOut.' Vegetables are the new black."

The digital tracker helps "VegOut! 30 Ways in 30 Day Challenge" participants try 30 different vegetables in 30 days during the month of March. In keeping with the theme, Union Kitchen's chef Henry Hopkes served minestrone soup, zucchini and mushroom stuffed lasagna, and a berry tart to dinner-goers.

"When I heard about Recipe for Success, it really touched my heart," Johnson said in between courses. "Young children need to understand that their brain, heart, and body all function best with good food."
Good food will be the focal point of the organization's signature spring fundraiser, Delicious Alchemy, a 10-plate dinner event held at Becca Cason Thrash's legendary party pad next month. Only 10 seats (out of 100) remain.
Haute Hippie's newly appointed creative director, Cady Vaccaro, won't be at the April bash, though she made sure to get her fill of local flavor during this - her first - trip to the Bayou City. A knowledgeable server at Pax Americana gamely wrote recommendations on a napkin the night prior. His top suggestions? The Pastry War, Bad News Bar, and Anvil all came highly endorsed.

Thursday's attendees walked away with buzz-worthy swag. In addition to Aerin rose oil and body cream, guest Theresa Roemer placed copies of her new book, "Naked in 30 Days: A One-Month Guide to Getting Your Body, Mind, and Spirit in Shape," inside each bag.

After a month of healthy eating, one would hope to be in peak physical shape, right?"

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Kids' Newsworthy Snacks

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Leather Jackets at Revival 1 copy.jpgOur 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, carrot and lemon juice), won out over "Melony Mist" (a sparkling watermelon aqua fresca).  Stop by Revival Market to pick yours up and read some of the great coverage in Culture Map and The Houston Chronicle.

Locavore chefs share their skills

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Ruffy_Sulaiman_p0838v.jpgDateline 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.

Seed-to-Plate Kids Go Iron Chef!

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As the school year comes to a close, Seed-to-Plate kids have the opportunity to show off all the healthy cooking skills they've learned throughout the year. The culmination of the Super Foods semester at Recipe for Success Foundation Showcase School, Sylvan Rodriguez Elementary, added some healthy cooking competition and mystery ingredient fun to the mix! 

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Students started their class with a quick lesson on a creating the perfect Super Salad using a combination of flavors and textures from Houston Chef and owner of Roost, Chef Kevin Naderi. They then selected a bowl full of mystery ingredinetns and had 20 minutes to complete their salad before judging. 

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Judges enjoyed sampling the 4th graders creations and seeing their enthusiasm in creating new flavor profiles! You can see all the action here from Houston's FOX affiliate!

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KHOU employees Make A Difference!

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KHOU.JPGOn Saturday, April 9th, staff from Houston's KHOU-Channel 11 selected Recipe for Success for their annual Make A Difference Day! See how generous KHOU staffers and their families helped our Showcase School Briscoe Elementary build more gardens and paint murals and learn more here

Students participate in VegOut! challenge

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Screen Shot 2016-04-04 at 5.19.38 PM.pngIf you're a parent, you know how hard it is to get some kids to eat  vegetables. Recipe for success has came up with a way to make healthy eating fun for some kindergarten and first grade students at the Grace School.

Watch the adorable video here

A Personal Reflection on a Decade

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MyTable-April/MayPick up the April/May issue of My Table magazine for a reflective look at the last ten years from our Founder and CEO, Grace Cavnar. You can also read the issue digitally here

Recipe for Success champions childhood nutrition

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HoustonChronHoustonGive3.16If all goes according to Gracie Cavnar's plans, her groundbreaking Recipe for Success actually will be breaking new ground in April - on a real working farm in Houston's Sunnyside neighborhood that will provide fresh, affordable produce to people who need it most. 

Read the full article in the March 2016 Houston Gives section of the Houston Chronicle or click HERE if you are a digital subscriber. 

DRESS FOR DINNER WITH DESIGNER RUBIN SINGER

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LiveLifeinSTyleD4DRubinSingerLast week I attended the Recipe for Success Foundation's Dress for Dinner event at Neiman Marcus. This was the 5th event organized by Season 7 Chair, Carrie Colbert. Carrie and Neiman Marcus invited couturier Rubin Singer to host.  Rubin Singer is an amazing talent, and is distinguished by the title of couturier which is different from the blank umbrella term, Fashion Designer. Rubin Singer rose to fandom after designing Beyonce's 2013 Super Bowl performance outfit. Rubin Singer arrived a few days early to host a trunk show at Neiman Marcus for their patrons.  I was able to sit down with the designer for an interview, which will be on my blog later this week. 

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Celebrity designer Rubin Singer dresses up Dress for Dinner outing with high style

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The scoop: Dress for Dinner, the Recipe for Success Foundation's fundraising series that combines stellar fashion with great food, teamed with Neiman Marcus to feature the designs of Rubin Singer, whose creations are favorites of celebrities, including Tracee Ellis Ross,who recently wore one of his slinky black gowns to the NAACP Image Awards, and Beyoncé, who thrust Singer into the spotlight when he created her costumes for her halftime appearance at the 2013 Super Bowl.

Singer was in the front row as his fall collection featuring bold geometrical shapes and colors was unveiled on the runway created for the occasion on the department store's third floor. Afterwards VIPS feasted on a dinner prepared by Roost chef Kevin Naderi that included smoked beet salad with whipped feta mousse, grilled ahi tuna with carrot puree and almond cake. Naderi planned the dinner based on the organization's VegOut! program, which encourages Houstonians to eat 30 different vegetables in 30 days this month. Read the full article and see the accompanying slideshow HERE

Celebrity designer Rubin Singer dresses up Dress for Dinner outing with high style

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The scoop: Dress for Dinner, the Recipe for Success Foundation's fundraising series that combines stellar fashion with great food, teamed with Neiman Marcus to feature the designs of Rubin Singer, whose creations are favorites of celebrities, including Tracee Ellis Ross,who recently wore one of his slinky black gowns to the NAACP Image Awards, and Beyoncé, who thrust Singer into the spotlight when he created her costumes for her halftime appearance at the 2013 Super Bowl.

Singer was in the front row as his fall collection featuring bold geometrical shapes and colors was unveiled on the runway created for the occasion on the department store's third floor. Afterwards VIPS feasted on a dinner prepared by Roost chef Kevin Naderi that included smoked beet salad with whipped feta mousse, grilled ahi tuna with carrot puree and almond cake. Naderi planned the dinner based on the organization's VegOut! program, which encourages Houstonians to eat 30 different vegetables in 30 days this month. Read the full article and see the accompanying slideshow HERE

Veggies Are The New Black

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WITH RUNWAY MODELS STARVING THEMSELVES to fit into the coveted size two, it's no wonder the fashion world has a bad rap for giving in to superficial standards. That's why we were delighted to be on hand for an exclusive runway show at Neiman Marcus Houston, where Recipe for Success kicked off the first of their annual Dress for Dinner spring events chaired by Carrie Colbert, and with special guest designer Rubin Singer. The night celebrated the love of food and fashion. Guests were treated to a lavish evening filled with champagne and cocktails, couture fashions and tasty vegetable munchies by chef Kevin Naderi from Roost.

The Recipe for Success foundation is the brainchild of Houston author and fashionista Gracie Cavnar. What began as a grassroots effort to get vending machines out of elementary schools has turned into the largest nutrition education program in the country, started right here in Houston. The foundation's programs connect children to their food via the trademarked Seed-To-Plate nutrition education, not only in Houston schools, but coast to coast with affiliate partners from California to Washington, D.C.

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Beyoncé-fave designer honored at Recipe for Success affair

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Fashion designer Rubin Singer sat cozily with his arms folded as Neal Hamil Agency models sauntered out wearing pieces from his collection. It's a rare moment for any designer to have a front-row seat to their runway show. Most are backstage.

At Neiman Marcus Thursday night, Singer was beaming at the Recipe for Success Foundation's Dress for Dinner event, chaired by Carrie Colbert. His collection of sophisticated, sculptural gowns and dresses drew applause and "ahs" from the stylish audience. Read the rest of the article and see the photos HERE.

VegOut for National Nutrition Month

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KHOU VegOut at MacGregorKHOU's Courtney Perna stopped by Recipe for Success showcase school MacGregor Elementary to kick-off the VegOut! Challenge. Our Seed-2-Plate students showed off their chopping skills while talking about their favorite veggies! Watch the full segment HERE

Is This Second-Grader a Better Cook Than You?

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What happens when you put fourth graders and parsnips together in a kitchen?

At Sylvan Rodriguez Elementary in Houston, first- through fifth-graders attend gardening on Mondays, nutrition on Tuesdays and cooking on Thursdays, each a 55-minute class that's part of their core curriculum.

Thursdays in particular are "always exciting," said Paola Tello, an instructor for Recipe for Success, which administers the program. "Even in nutrition class, I'm cutting citrus open, letting them touch and smell." And when it comes to kids, familiarity is the first step towards appetite.

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Time to Eat Your Veggies...And Have Fun Doing It!

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Screen Shot 2016-02-08 at 10.26.39 AM.pngFrom rainbow chard to black kale, pink radishes to purple carrots, golden beets to sunchokes: There's really nothing boring about vegetables. They're fun to cook with and delicious to eat. All it takes is a willingness to discover vegetables' abundance in flavor, texture and color.

One fun way to discover vegetables for kids and adults alike is to participate in the annual VegOut! Challenge by Recipe for Success, a Houston-based nonprofit that has been fighting child obesity by promoting vegetables as part of a healthy diet for over 10 years. Beyond Houston, VegOut! has found support across the nation, with participants from 32 states joining in the challenge last year.

VegOut! is open to anyone--as individual participant or in a team--willing to take the challenge: Eat 30 different vegetables in 30 days. The fun part is in discovering vegetables but also in the competition: The more vegetables you try, the greater your chances to earn a badge, or even win a prize!

To complete a list of 30 vegetables in 30 days sounds pretty straightforward and easy to do. You could tick off the first five on any given day: onions, tomatoes, bell pepper, lettuce and potatoes. It gets harder, though, and "20" appears to be a stumbling block.

"The biggest feedback we got from folks who registered last year and did not finish--even ones who considered themselves super healthy eaters--was that they hit the wall at 20 and it was really tough for them to track veggies when they were traveling for business or on spring break or eating out," says Gracie Canvar, founder of Recipe for Success.

It's one of the reasons why Recipe for Success developed a new app designed to help you keep track of vegetables wherever you are, look them up, or find suggestions for recipes and ways to prepare.

With this app and web resources like Recipes A-Z, the 1-click Tracker and an interactive Find Your Veg map, the 2016 VegOut! Challenge is set up to be accessible to anyone trying to eat healthier, for the workplace to use it as a wellness tool and for (grand) parents to challenge kids to enjoy vegetables. There is really no excuse not to veg out every day--so bring home those veggies and eat them braised or grilled, roasted or raw, in a soup, salad or stew, not just for 30 days but year-round.

Download the FREE mobile app from your app store and register. You can also visitVegOutWithRFS.org to register and explore our endless resources. The app and website integrate seamlessly. The new app makes it easy to find fresh vegetables on the go with a find-your-veggie map.

Don't forget: You can sign up as individual or as a team. Earn badges and make sure you're in the running for a prize!

Hope Farms & The Issue of Food Deserts

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Recipe for Success Foundation has teamed up with the University of Houston to address the troubling issue of food deserts in Houston with Recipe for Success Foundation's new Hope Farms initative. 


The UH School of Architecture has designed urban farm models for Recipe for Success Foundaiton's Hope Farms to prove residents with their own fresh produce and train them as urban farmers.  Gracie Cavnar, founder of Recipe For Success and UH Architecture student, Alejandra Cervantes talk about Hope Farms and the UH School of Architecture plans. 

 

Help Us Win! CultureMap Charity Challenge

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CultureMap Charity ChallengeHello and Happy Holidays! Recipe for Success Foundation is excited to announce we have been selected as one of the 12 charities to participate in CultureMap's 2016 Charity Challenge.  Please join us in voting everyday between December 15th to December 29th.  The charity with the most votes will be chosen as CultureMap's Charity Partner. This partnership will allow us to continue to impact young lives as we combat childhood obesity by changing the way children understand, appreciate and eat their food. Thank you in advance for your support and sharing with your family and friends! Vote here

Food, glorious (healthy) food celebrated at 10th anniversary of Recipe for Success

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Authors of How to Feed a Family: The Sweet Potato ChroniclesLaura Keogh and Ceri Marsh shared their golden rules of cooking with the gathering of 400 guests dedicated to helping Recipe for Success in its mission to combat childhood obesity. Leading the charge that raised $200,000 for the non-profit were chairs Arvia and Jason Few and Kristen and John Berger.

Read the article here and see some of the fun highlights from the luncheon! 

 

Founding Board Members Honored for Foundation's Fight Against Childhood Obesity

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Recipe for Success drew 400 warriors who raised more than $200,000 for the foundation on its tenth birthday, celebrating a decade of award winning programs and efforts in a continued fight against childhood obesity.

See all the fun pictures and read the full article HERE

UH Architects design urban farm proposed for Sunnyside

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Screen Shot 2016-04-04 at 4.44.23 PM.pngThere are few places residents to buy fresh fruits and vegetables in of Sunnyside, a part of Houston considered to be a food desert. But a nonprofit group's proposal to develop an urban farm in the neighborhood aims to change that.

Read the rest of the article and see pictures from the presentations HERE

Houston Welcomes Aquazzura Shoe Designer Edgardo Osorio

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Screen Shot 2016-04-04 at 4.43.35 PM.pngLast month, Recipe For Success Foundation, hosted their 2nd Dress for Dinner Season VII fundraising event, hosted by designer Edgardo Osorio. Edgardo is the Founder and Creative Director of Aquazzura Firenze, a relatively new shoe company (Founded in 2011) that has become a staple on the feet of fashionistas and celebrities around the globe. This was Edgardo's first time in Houston, but not his first visit to Texas. Edgardo had previously visited Dallas, TX. The event was hosted at Saks 5th Avenue, and kicked off with networking and shopping with the shoe designer. Promptly at 7pm, a Q&A session with Edgardo, led by Houston Chronicle Fashion & Beauty Editor, Joy Sewing kicked off.

Read the rest of the write-up and see pictures HERE.

Chef Justin Wins Risotto Fest

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Heartbeet RisottoProving that healthy food can be super delicious, our own Chef Justin Kouri won the competition for taste buds at the recent showdown among Houston's culinary ruling class.  New York-based celebrity chef Rocco Dispirito was just one element that wowed the throng of 800 who turned out at Houston Design Center for the 11th International Risotto Festival. Italian music and wines played backdrop to the coterie of chefs who whipped up tantalizing versions of the Italian specialty.

While guests grazed through the offerings, more than a dozen waited for the judges' decision on top honors. Dispirito led the team in the blind tasting. In the end, it was Justin Kourirepresenting Recipe for Success, who took top prize for his HeartBeet Risotto. Read more here and create your own award-winning risotto dish with the all-veg recipe hereRisotto Fest

We're in Edible Houston!

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With the fall garden season is upon us, be sure to pick up the September/October 2015 issue of Edible Houston magazine to read the great article by Jenna White on farmers marKIDS! The article showcases our free farmers marKIDS program and features quotes from Recipe for Success Agriculture & Garden Director Justin Myers, as well as multiple garden instructors. If you haven't already, download the farmers marKIDS toolkit and make plans to host a farmstand during farmers marKIDs DAYs, Oct. 20-26 each year. You can also come support local school kids and celebrate Food Day 2015 at our farmers marKIDs stand at Discovery Green on Satuarday, October 24! Savor the fall harvest!

Eat This! Summer Camp on FOX 26 news!

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We were delighted when Ruben Dominguez of FOX 26 showed up to feature our Eat This! Summer camp on their morning news program!  Ruben reported on our final camp session for the season anda gave us the opportunity to tell viewers about our mission and other programs. 

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Check out the video featuring Chef Paola and some talented Summer Camp chefs! Thanks again to Ruben and FOX 26!

 

Fashion Gene Awards star designer Nanette Lepore

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Some women are born with a fashion gene. Houston mothers and daughters with innate style walked down the runway Wednesday as Tootsies hosted Recipe for Success' fourth annual Dress for Dinner - The Fashion Gene Awards Show. Nanette Lepore was the featured designer and dinner guest for the post-party feast prepared by chef Barbara McKnight of Culinaire.

Mother-daughter team Leisa Holland-Nelson and Laura Nelson Rose chaired the event. CultureMap's Clifford Pugh served as master of ceremonies. As the duos took their turns on the catwalk, he revealed what each thought about the other's sense of style -- and past fashion faux pas. "Shoulder pads," was the common criticism the daughters had for those moms who lived through the '80s.

Read the whole story. 

VegOut! in the Chronicle

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Vegout Chron pic.jpgRecipe for Success reminds you to eat your vegetables
Nonprofit promotes better eating with monthlong challenge
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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.

Schools Get Involved In Better Nutrition

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McG kids make a salad.jpgHouston 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...

'Food desert' thing of past

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Chron-HopeFarms.jpg"Seeds of change have been planted in the Sunnyside neighborhood, where healthful eating has long been inhibited by a lack of grocery stores and fresh food.

Sunnyside is one example of Houston's food deserts, where the nearest grocery store is almost twice as far as the nearest convenience store or fast-food restaurant.

Gracie Cavnar, founder of Recipe for Success, knew something had to be done, so she created Hope Farms, a food-access project meant to empower Sunnyside's residents to provide healthful foods to their children."

Read the full story, published in the Houston Chronicle Star section on November 7, 2014, at Chron.com.

Seed-to-Plate on PBS!

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PBSspecial.jpgRecipe for Success Foundation's Seed-to-Plate Nutrition Education™ was featured in an excellent PBS special about reviving school lunch and connecting students with healthy foods like fresh fruits and vegetables. Take a look!

(The whole segment is well-worth the watch, but if you're antsy to see us, skip to 10:00!)

This episode aired on PBS and was originally published here.

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.

Cookin' on Great Day Houston

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GreatDay-Camp.jpg2013 Eat This! Summer Campers Nylah and Nadia joined Recipe for Success on Great Day Houston to talk with Deborah Duncan about their winning Chocolate Kale Cookies and whip up some Quinoa Rainbow Veggie Stir-Fry with Chef Ruffy Sulaiman.

Take a peek, and then check out the recipe for our Rainbow Veggie Stir-Fry here.

Trouble viewing? Watch the video on our YouTube channel.

Chef Garth & RFS on KRBE

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garth-krbe.jpgLong-time Chefs Advisory Board Member Chef Garth Blackburn of Sub-Zero & Wolf joined Recipe for Success Foundation to chat on air with KRBE's Mary Kennedy, host of Around H Town. We discussed the 2014 We're Cooking Now! A Gala in Small Bites dinner series and our Seed-to-Plate Nutrition Education™ programs in schools that the series supports. Have a listen!

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SNF chats with Gracie Cavnar

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Gracie-flourkids.jpg"In December of last year, we reached out to the Recipe for Success Foundation in Houston, Texas to learn more about their Seed-to-Plate Nutrition Education™ program. RFS invited us to observe garden education and culinary/nutrition classes at the program's flagship school, MacGregor Elementary. We also sat down with RFS founder, Gracie Cavnar, to learn more about why these programs are so important... "

Read the two-part interview with Gracie by School Nutrition Foundation writer Christina Uticone at BeyondBreakfast.org.

Part 1: Recipe for Success Foundation Founder Gracie Cavnar: "It's not a secret that we have to eat healthy."

Part 2: Recipe for Success Foundation Founder Gracie Cavnar: "Kids drive the behaviors of so many families!"

School Nutrition Foundation on RFS

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SNF-garden.jpg"Here at Beyond Breakfast, we've been following the work of the Recipe for Success Foundation since 2010, when SNF blogger/consultant Christina saw R4S founder Gracie Cavnar speak at TEDxHouston. "Every powerful idea starts with a flicker of inspiration," Cavnar told the TEDxHouston crowd that day, and she went on to outline how her foundation translates research into action to reduce childhood obesity. "We put kids in touch with their food from seed to plate--and it's working ... We invade the schools; we garden, we cook, we build a culture of health, campus-wide." Recipe for Success gardens and cooking classes are supplemented by lessons in other classes--from science to math to language arts--that help reinforce the healthy messaging. "The gardens touch everything," says Cavnar with a smile."

Read School Nutrition Foundation's three-part series about Recipe for Succes Foundation and their visit to one of our Seed-to-Plate Nutrition Education™ programs at BeyondBreakfast.org:

Part 1: Houston-Based Recipe for Success Foundation Brings Gardening, Cooking to Life in the Classroom

Part 2: Recipe for Success: From Seed to Plate (and Beyond!)

Part 3: Recipe For Success: Day Two at MacGregor Elementary

CultureMap on VegOut!

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VegOut-CultureMap.jpg"At a press conference Wednesday, Mayor Annise Parker joined Recipe 4 Success founder Gracie Cavnar to announce the second annual VegOut! 30-Day Challenge. Participants in the program sign up online and pledge to eat 30 different vegetables over 30 days. 

"Veggies are tasty. Veggies are healthy, and having a little competition around eating your veggies is fun," Parker said. "There are lots of places we can find appropriate fresh fruits and vegetables." The mayor cited the weekly Wednesday farmers market at City Hall as one place and proudly displayed a bag of Brussels sprouts she purchased there. ..."

Read the full story by CultureMap's Eric Sandler here

Sox, Love and Rock & Roll in CultureMap

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MPenner-CM.jpg"Victoria's Secret angels had nothing on Penner's winged parade of six packs and bulging biceps that had the ladies swooning Tuesday night. This Recipe for Success "Men Dress for Dinner: Sox, Love and Rock & Roll" event was a first for the obesity-battling non-profit."

Read the full story about our showstopping event by CultureMap's Shelby Hodge here.

Food awards are the Recipe for Success...

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Ashley, Holly, Gracie.jpg"The serious effort at combating childhood obesity took on a glamorous note at River Oaks Country Club when Recipe for Success held its annual Blue Plate Special Cafe awards luncheon. As 300 influential Houstonians poured into the ballroom, it was quickly apparent that Recipe for Success founder Gracie Cavnar had gotten the attention of individuals who make a difference in H-Town..."

Read the full story by CultureMap's Shelby Hodge here. 

A Harvest Market & Awards Lunch

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Erin Hicks, Karen Garcia.jpg"With special guest Mayor Annise Parker, mistress of ceremonies Deborah Duncan, Honi and Glen Bdoudreaux were honored along with Chef Ryan Pera as Chef of the Year; Olga Abundis, Teacher of the Year and Brook Candelaria and Suzanne Williams as Volunteers of the Year..."

See a slideshow and the full story in Houston Chronicle's Society Diaries here.

I volunteer for food...

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MyTable-Patricia Burdette.jpg"It's pretty special to be offered a juicy morsel of slow-cooked pork right from the chef's hand. As dinner guests took a breather after the third course of a seven-course dinner last Monday night, a peach wood-smoked pork belly appeared on the chopping board, ready to be portioned and plated. Gently stroking the perfectly roasted meat, Ronnie Killen of Killen's Steakhouse and Killen's BBQ showed pride in his craft and an eagerness to share and please. He gently began to pick bite-sized pieces..."

Get the full scoop by wonderful RecipeHouse volunteer and writer-photographer Dragana Harris on MyTable's SideDish here.

12 make-ahead school lunches

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SheKnowsRePost.jpg"School mornings are busy enough without fretting over what to give your child for school lunches. Preparing food ahead of time ensures that your child will have something good and healthy to eat at school."

View all 12 lunch ideas, including a recipe by Recipe for Success Foundation, at SheKnows.com here.

Ronnie Killen at Recipe for Success

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RonnieTacos.jpg"In pursuit of its main mission, teaching kids how to eat healthier foods and resist the billions spent on marketing to convince them otherwise, the nonprofit known as Recipe for Success invites Houston area chefs to teach cooking classes and, on the first Monday of each month, serve up dinner with wine to raise money. It's an under-the-radar thing mostly; but thanks to the quality of chefs like Killen, the rightness of the cause and the intimacy of the dining room, these Chef Surprise dinners sell out often as not..."

Read the full review by food writer John DeMers at Delicious Mischief here.

Houston's FoodDay Throwdown

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GregGordon-Throwdown.jpgRecipe for Success is the Houston coordinator for FoodDay, an annual nationwide celebration and movement for healthy, affordable and sustainable food that showcases a grassroots campaign for better food policies.  Established in 2011, thousands of community events now take place throughout the country each year during the days leading up to October 24th. Read the full story about our recent Houston FoodDay events by Jodie Eisenhardt in CultureMap here.

Recipe for Success on News 92 FM

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Glen+Honi.jpgLong-time Recipe for Success Foundation supporters Honi and Glen Boudreaux of Jolie Vue Farms chat with Jodie Eisenhardt on News 92 FM's Livin' Large about the joy they find in helping us teach kids about real food, from seed-to-plate, as well as the upcoming Blue Plate Special Cafe: A Harvest Market & Awards Luncheon, where they will be honored as this year's Champions of Food Justice.

Check out the interview!

Four runway themes, fab bites and...

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ElizabethAnthony-CMstory.jpg"With Leisa Holland-Nelson and Laura Max Nelson heading up this season's Dress for Dinner series benefiting Recipe for Success, they rounded up a posse of fashionistas for the "Fashion in Four Courses" fundraiser that featured four themed-runway presentations of the latest designs in the swank boutique. Before and after the presentations..."

Read the full write-up by CultureMap's Shelby Hodge here.

Giuseppe Zanotti shares tidbits...

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Laura+Leisa.jpg"Everyone who turned out to see Italian shoe designer Giuseppe Zanotti at Saks Fifth Avenue in the Galleria on Thursday got a rare treat: an intimate chance to meet and talk with a master.

Zanotti strode into the store like a rock star, and the women (and a few men) lined up in droves to have their Giuseppe Zanotti shoes signed and photos snapped with him..."

Read the full scoop by Houston Chronicle's Joy Sewing here.

Zanotti makes shoes with...

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Giuseppe.jpg"When Italian shoe designer Giuseppe Zanotti first debuted his own collection, few people knew his name, let along how to pronounce it.

But when Madonna wore a pair of Zanotti's rock-star stilettos, the designer quickly earned a reputation for luxury heels that oozed sex appeal. Suddenly his name rolled off the tongues of shoe lovers.

'Madonna was so famous, and I wasn't" said Zanotti, who visits Saks Fifth Avenue at the Galleria on Thursday for the High Tea & High Heels event for the Dress for Dinner series, benefiting Recipe for Success Foundation..."

Read Joy Sewing's full story on the Italian shoe designer, who will be in Texas for our Dress for Dinner series, in the Houston Chronicle.