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WHERE YOU’LL FIND US

IN SCHOOLS:

Purple Asparagus’ flagship program, Delicious, Nutritious Adventures™, brings healthy foods to life for kids in elementary school classrooms all over Chicagoland. During Delicious Nutritious Adventures™, students taste new foods and learn where they come from, why they benefit their bodies, and how to make simple and healthy meals using them. Written recipes go home to parents to be cooked again and again – bringing whole families back around the table.

Purple Asparagus will teach Delicious Nutritious Adventures™ monthly in 18 Chicago Public Schools during the 2012-13 school year. Taught during the school day, each monthly class highlights a seasonal ingredient starting with apples in October and ending with berries in June.

The first part of the class is an exploration. The kids get to touch, feel, smell, and, of course, taste. The second half is a cooking lesson. Children learn how to make three simple recipes accomplished from start to finish at their desks.

Purple Asparagus has provided Delicious Nutritious Adventures™ to 30 schools all over Chicago, including low income neighborhoods such as Austin, West Humboldt Park, West Town, and Rogers Park.

AT THE FARMERS’ MARKET:

During the summer, we take our Delicious Nutritious Adventures™ on the road to farmers’ markets, including Green City Market, 61st Street Farmers’ Market, and farmers’ markets throughout suburban Chicago.

IN THE COMMUNITY:

You’ll find us exhibiting or demonstrating at healthy living expos, trade shows and cooking classes like the Good Food Festival, Entertains Chicago and Millennium Park’s Family Fun Tent.

SPREADING THE WORD:

Melissa Graham is a frequent public speaker at healthy-living events, partnering with Whole Foods, Brookfield Zoo, The Chicago Botanic Garden School and the International Association of Culinary Professionals.

AT YOUR HOME OR OFFICE:

We can come to you! Purple Asparagus offers off-site cooking classes, including Farm to Table Everyday. Learn to bring the farm to your table everyday without breaking the bank.


For information about scheduling a Purple Asparagus program at your school, or for your social or community organization, please contact us at 312-906-7622 or download our Fact Sheet.