Hunter and Alexis Pence teamed up with Bon Appétit Management Company’s Healthy Kids program and national campaign No Kid Hungry to host about 20 students in Giants Garden.
The Garden at Oracle Park
Located behind centerfield wall, just under the scoreboard, there’s a 4,320-square-foot edible garden that offers a bounty of fruits, vegetables, greens, and flowers. All year long, Bon Appétit chefs harvest whatever’s ripe: blueberries, strawberries, avocados, tomatoes, peppers, squash, lettuces, lemons, kale and more are picked fresh and served in the healthy menu offerings of the two Bon Appétit bistros located inside the garden, Hearth Table and Garden Table.
In addition to being a unique gathering place and one-of-a-kind food experience for fans to enjoy while cheering on the 2014 World Series Champion Giants, the Garden serves as an outdoor classroom that encourages children to live healthier, more active lives.
CULINARY EDUCATION PROGRAM
San Francisco children from various nonprofit partners such as the Boys and Girls Club and YMCA are invited to visit the Garden for (almost) weekly field trips. Through hands-on activities, they learn about the importance of healthy eating, see first-hand where food comes from and how it grows, and roll up their sleeves for cooking classes guided by Bon Appétit and other Bay Area guest chefs.
“For a long time, I’ve been wanting to help connect children and our larger community directly to the origins of their food and to inspire them to make healthy and responsible food choices,” says Fedele Bauccio, CEO and cofounder of Bon Appétit Management Company. “This particular project has been a dream of mine and I am so proud to see it finally blooming.”
The garden class has also hit the road to Bon Appétit accounts around the country, as Healthy Kids in the Bon Appétit Kitchen! Learn more here, and contact Manager of Food Education for Children Hannah Schmunk at [email protected], to inquire about a Healthy Kids class.
Video: Bon Appétit Management Company’s Outdoor Classroom for Kids
News from the Garden
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The Nonprofit Partnership Program
Looking for volunteer opportunities? Bon Appétit Management Company’s Nonprofit Partnership Program works with local community organizations to help them raise awareness and funds by operation concession stands during Giants home games. Each season at Oracle Park, a portion of fans’ food purchases are donated to local nonprofits in the Bay Area.