Hands-on cooking classes empower kids to make healthy food choices
Cooking is a powerful teaching tool. It’s interactive, engaging, and of course, deliciously rewarding. Healthy Kids in the Bon Appétit Kitchen is our nutrition and culinary education program, created with the goal of empowering children to make healthy food choices for themselves and their communities. Through this program we transform our kitchens and cafés into hands-on classrooms for kids.
The roots of the Healthy Kids program were planted in our Outdoor Classroom for Kids in the Garden at AT&T Park, We’ve learned through teaching hundreds of kids that introducing children to the vibrant flavors and textures of garden-fresh produce in an interactive social setting can help to shift their taste preferences toward fruits and vegetables. In addition to sparking curiosity about new foods, Healthy Kids in the Bon Appétit Kitchen also connects young minds to the stories behind food – where it comes from, and how it nourishes their bodies and community.
In each two-hour program, kids:
- Play a fruit and vegetable name game.
- Touch, taste, and smell garden-fresh vegetables.
- Learn about edible plants.
- Cook tasty, kid-safe recipes.
- Enjoy a healthy kitchen picnic.
In July 2016 we took this fun, interactive program beyond AT&T Park and into college and corporate campuses. As the program grows, children of the staff members at our corporate and university accounts as well as kids from local community organizations (such as Boys and Girls Clubs that our clients want to support) will join our team members for hands-on lessons in gardening, healthy eating, and cooking.
This is an invaluable opportunity for us to invest in the future of the communities where we live, work, and play.