June 2013 Archives

Two Acres Is All You Need

Gracie Cavnar
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backyard_farm.jpgEver wonder just how much spaceyou would need to generate your own food and household energy?  Love this pictograph that shows us.

Book honors keep pouring in...

Jenna White
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"It isn't all play for Recipe for Success founder Gracie Cavnar while she spends much of the season in Woodstock, Vt., where she and husband Bob Cavnar have a summer home. After having received a load of awards at BookExpo America in New York for her children's book, Eat It! Food Adventures with Marco Polo, she ​is now compiling recipes for her next book in the Marco Polo series as well as for a new picture book series for younger kids, the first one was I Hate Brussels Sprouts!"

Read the full CultureMap article by Shelby Hodge here.

Motherhood Cooking Classes!

Jenna White
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MotherhoodClass-edited.jpgWe're thrilled to announce that we've partnered with Houston's Motherhood Center to offer hands-on cooking classes for mothers with young children. We've carefully developed curriculum and recipes for new mothers to help ensure mom, baby and the whole family are eating well at any stage.

Classes will be held at RecipeHouse in the Museum District and taught by Seed-to-Plate Nutrition Education™ instructor and chef Emily Brown, RD, LD. Scheduled group classes ($99) and private classes ($250/person or couple) available. Current offerings include: 

Eat This, Baby! Homemade Baby Food Basics is designed especially for mothers of infants (0 - 6+ months) to get their children off to a healthy start from their very first food. The best nutrition for your baby comes straight from your healthy family meals. We demystify the process of scratch-made baby food and teach you how to easily incorporate baby's pureed foods into delicious dishes for everyone at the table-and vice versa.

Eat This, Baby! Baby's First Solid Foods & Transitioning into the Family Meal is designed especially for mothers of toddlers (6 months - 3 years old) to help ensure your children stay on a healthy path with the introduction of solid foods. When baby moves into finger foods and starts eating off of Mom's plate, don't create a separate kid's menu. It's time for them to participate fully in the family meal. Learn to prepare healthy meals that baby and parents will all like!

Find out more, including dates for upcoming classes, and register here.

Book launch benefiting RFS!

Jenna White
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June 25 Whole Foods Market at Montrose will be hosting a Book Launch Party to celebrate local author and RFS supporter Shubrha Ramineni's latest book, Healthy Indian Vegetarian Cooking. Come have fun, sip wine, nibble on yummy bites, win fabulous prizes, and receive a copy of Shubhra Ramineni's new book to take home with you, all while supporting Recipe for Success Foundation... all for $20! Get your tickets now to reserve your spot. Children welcome, with free admission for those under 16 years!

Learn more and buy your tickets here.

Veggies meet the smokehouse

Jenna White
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Al-Tomatoes.jpgWhen Al Marcus of Grateful Bread & Other Good Things took over the operations when son Matt moved onto other culinary projects, he brought his smoked meats hobby to the forefront, amping up his production and exploring new ingredients and offerings of charcuterie and accoutrements. For the latest Chef Surpríse, Al took a page from his charcuterie playbook, slow-smoking garden tomatoes to infuse them with a subtle smokiness. We've been inspired to incorporate some woodchips into our summer veggie grilling routine, as well.

The Chef Surpríse series is held the first Monday of every month at RecipeHouse and features a rotation of Houston's hottest chefs. To learn more and sign up to attend upcoming dinners, visit our website.

June's Volunteer of the Month

Tracy Weldon
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shaireen.jpgShaireen is one of our most frequent and dedicated volunteers.  She helps our nutrition educators at Rodriguez Elementary School three days a week from 8:30am until 3:30pm!  She is originally from India, but moved to the United States to obtain a nutritional sciences degree from Michigan State University.  She enjoys gardening, cooking, watching movies, and hiking.  Shaireen initially found Recipe for Success because she wanted to volunteer with an organization that mixed her personal interests with her educational background.   This is the perfect fit for her and commends Recipe for Success teaching nutrition and healthy eating habits to young students.  She is always pleasantly surprised with the students at Rodriguez because they have great input about food and making their lives healthier.   Since volunteering with Recipe for Success, Shaireen is now considering a Master's degree in Education. 


We really appreciate all of Shaireen's hardwork and will be looking forward to her volunteering with us next school year!

ABC News + Mayor at Iron Chef!

Jenna White
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During one of our Seed-to-Plate Nutrition Education™ Iron Chef competitions this May, Mayor Annise Parker stopped by MacGregor ES to serve as a celebrity judge. ABC-13's Miya Shay covered the event for the evening news. Check it out! 

"Cooking competition encourages kids to eat healthy foods" by Miya Shay, ABC-Channel 13, May 30, 2013

Watch this video and more on our YouTube Channel!