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.
A project in the making since 2014, the Emeril Lagasse Foundation Kitchen House & Culinary Garden officially opened its doors at Orlando Junior Academy in the College Park neighborhood of Orlando.
On March 3, Orlando Junior Academy students wrapped up their Edible Education classes for the year with some fierce competition! Grades 6-8 competed in groups against their classmates for bragging rights and a catered lunch at our Kitchen House by K Restaurant.
The 3rd annual School Garden Field Trip & Empathy Tour occurred in December on a spectacular Orlando day with an exciting group of twenty community folk!
The afternoon of January 24, found twenty-seven Noble Inc. employees carefully walking onto our construction site, lead by their CEO Jeff Baker, for a team-building edible education experience.
Chef Joe Rees, co-owner of The Strand, charmed and inspired at November’s Chef Night. Roasted root veggies and kale salad with warm shallot dressing and seasoned pecans were a delicious highlight. The baked grouper with white wine & butter sauce were the perfect pairing and the lemon-thyme dessert bar, sent over by Mrs. Rees, was the final hit of the evening.
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.