Season Two 2013: Blank Plate Class Eight: Kale

 Kale-idoscope Dreams

Kale-idoscope Dreams

Yes, Kale. Kale chips, Sauteed Kale, Kale Salad, Broccoli and Kale with cream sauce. What's the deal you say. Where's all the good stuff like chorizo and bacon?

The meat takes a backseat this class as we learn how to make our greens delicious. To everyone's surprise and mine, we had a great class and an all vegetarian meal. Guess what?! The students ate all their vegetables and were asking for more. Jorge doesn't mind learning to cook the green stuff and has aspirational plans for the future when asked says, "I like this class because of the food, I choose this class because I like cooking and when I grow up I want to be a chef and cook good food". Stephanie is also an aspiring chef who not only likes to expand her culinary chops, but is also drawn to the social aspect of the kitchen, "What I like about this class is how we work with each other, and we learn how to do different foods and try new things. I choose this class because I wanted to do something after-school, and I love to cook." Ana shares her sentiments when it comes to cooking and being a part of something bigger when she says, "I like that I learn new things and that I share with the whole team. I took this class because I like to learn how to cook different types of foods, this class is great, I love it!". Jordan keep it simple by saying, "I like the food". That's a good way to end any class in our books!

Catch us next week for more cooking, tasting and planning as we get closer to the main event that we are training ourselves for! 

 Kale and Broccoli!!!! You have got to be kidding me.

Kale and Broccoli!!!! You have got to be kidding me.

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Design. Cook. Transform. Blank Plate Project is a creative culinary “design/cook” program, begun in Hunts Point, South Bronx that sparks community development through a combination of design-led imaginative activities and chef-led demonstrations for weekly community dinners, or culminating in a community event. By learning through a design sensibility, applied personal experiences, and industry-relevant culinary skills, students develop the creative capital, neighborhood stewardship, and food justice advocacy skills necessary for their own success and for the future of their community. Over the course of each Blank Plate workshop, students learn creative culinary skills and plan a final dinner event of their own imagination. Blank Plate is a different kind of cooking class. Together, we design, cook, and transform.