In the spring of each school year, a nervous excitement fills the Emeril Lagasse Kitchen House and Culinary Garden as middle schoolers from Orlando Junior Academy (OJA) prepare to compete in the annual Iron Chef Jr. Competition.
Now in its ninth year, our annual Seed-to-Table Teachers Academy is an engaging, two-day workshop at the Emeril Lagasse Foundation Kitchen House & Culinary Garden designed to convey the value and techniques of an edible education.
What better way to get your students learning about the importance of seed-to-table education than getting a hands-on experience to cultivate their own healthy dishes? Take a field trip to Emeril Lagasse Foundation Kitchen House & Culinary Garden!
Our first Summer . . . in our inspiring new space . . . connecting kids with seed-to-table learning experiences to build a healthy future . . . has been blessed!
Field Trips ~ Home School Groups ~ Week-long Camps ~ Teacher Academy ~ Chef Night ~ Sunday Morning Gardening ~ Trevi Pasta Contest Winner ~ Private Events
A bare table with 40 chairs is stretched down the length of the covered veranda of the Emeril Lagasse Foundation Kitchen House & Culinary Garden. Tonight it is the Mentors’ Table, a fundraising event spearheaded by Chef Jaime McFadden’s PEAS Foundation.
The distance most food travels from farm soil to our dinner plate is usually measured in miles. Recently the seventh graders from OJA reduced that journey to mere feet. With a portable hot plate, folding table and a few basic tools the students were able to prepare a delicious recipe in the garden using ingredients from the garden.
Edible Ed at OJA was honored to welcome Fabiola Gaines, Registered Dietician and co-founder of Hebni Nutrition, as a guest presenter on September 9. Gaines is also co-author of the "Healthy Soul Food" Cookbook.
Edible Education Experience is proud of its continued partnership with Florida Hospital’s Center for Child and Family Wellness. The partnership is in its 6th year and we look forward to the Center’s monthly visit to the Emeril Lagasse Foundation Culinary Garden for Sunday morning gardening where young clients and their families plant and harvest alongside their doctor and team of experts.
The team is led by Angela Fals, MD who is a board-certified pediatrician physician. As Medical Director of Florida Hospital for Children’s Pediatric Weight and Wellness Program, she oversees pediatric weight management programs aimed at helping kids live to a long and healthy life through beneficial lifestyle choices and changes. As founder of the Center for Child and Family Wellness, she works hand-in-hand with experts in nutrition, exercise and child psychology to help children and adolescents effectively manage their weight, avoid a lifetime of obesity and make healthy choices that will benefit their self-esteem and overall health through adulthood.
Quote from one excited attendee, “Gardening is more fun than roller skating!”