Thursday, June 3, 2010

White House, Here I Come!

You read that right...I'm going to The White House.

On Friday, June 4, I'll be part of what will no doubt be a massive scrum of chefs, cooks, and culinary instructors as part of the First Lady's Chefs Move to School program, being held on the South Lawn.

Seriously, how freakin' cool is that?

The gist of the program is to have chefs, cooks, & culinary instructors volunteer in schools to teach kids about healthy eating. Simple enough, right?

My focus has been slightly different from this, but hopefully with the same eventual result. I believe that if you teach kids (and teens and tweens) to cook, if you give them the skills to fend for themselves a bit, you're giving them the power to start making the right choices. Rather than getting every kid to love broccoli so much that they want a broccoli tattoo someday, I want to get them away from all of the stupid preservatives and ingredients you can't pronounce.

Because if you can't pronounce it, you shouldn't eat it. Am I right or am I right? :)

I'm catching a very, very early Marc train down to DC tomorrow morning at some obscene hour and am heading to a breakfast that Share Our Strength is hosting. Some bigwigs and muckety-mucks will be speaking, including the Secretary of Education, the White House Assistant Chef, and the founder of SOS, and I'm excited to hear what they have to say. This is a massive undertaking and I'm interested to see how it plays out once the photo ops are over. Personally, I've been working with Monocacy Elementary with an afterschool program and with Parkway & Yellow Springs Elementary doing lessons on cooking with math & using fractions. I get the feeling that there are a lot of cooks out there who specialize in kids. Guess we'll see tomorrow, from the White House lawn.

Stay tuned for pictures!!

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