One of the most rewarding aspects of cooking is seeing the pleased look on patron's faces when they get to try a dish of your own creation. Never have I seen such brighter faces than the ones on the kids from Harlem's Children Storefront last year. Â The Children's StorefrontÂ is an independent, tuition-free school in Harlem, serving kids from pre-K to 8thÂ grade. What makes their mission so inspirational is the belief that every child deserves the opportunity for an excellent education, no matter their income level or neighborhood.
I made my first visit to the school for a cooking demo and got to speak with the children about the importance of healthy eating. I was so impressed by the energy and enthusiasm from the kids. They even sent me 'thank you' notes and drawings after my visit!
It's amazing responses like those that make my job so enjoyable. We had the pleasure of having kids from the school also check us out at the Rooster when we hosted an art visit for them and another healthy eating cooking class. We all had a great time and they walked out with new skills in cooking healthy foods.Â As much as the kids say I inspire them to eat better, they inspire me to keep spreading the message of healthy eating to all kids and adults alike.
Recently, I was again inspired by The Children's Storefront when they announced they would be honoring me this year at their Annual Spring Gala. I'm truly humbled by this honor! The gala, A Night For Changing Lives, will take place this Thursday, April 26th at the IAC Headquarters and also serves as a fundraiser for the school.
Schools like The Children's Storefront in Harlem are clearly helping to better the community and they need our support to continue their important work. Check out their website here for more detail of the event and to attend.
Hope to see you all there!
Photo: The Children's Storefront
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