What happens when you build a kitchen classroom smack in the middle of the pole beans and broccoli? You get a crop of kids who not only know where their food comes from (because they planted it) but also how to cook delicious and nutritious meals. The 3,000-squarefoot Emeril Lagasse Foundation Kitchen House & Culinary Garden is the first of its kind in the United States to be conceived of and built from the ground-up, andFlorida Hospital for Children is proud to have been a part of this project from the very beginning. Becoming fully operational in 2017, the property (operated by the non-profit Edible Education Experience) houses office space upstairs while school-aged students can develop their kitchen and gardening skills downstairs. The colored-coded aprons, provide by Florida Hospital for Children help organize students into four distinct groups for seed-to-table learning experiences. Student groups rotate through the garden for sensory tours and to learn about compost and planting veggies. Groups also cook in the kitchen where they learn new healthy recipes that are easy to replicate at home. The location also hosts field trips and cooking camps for students while also offering monthly “Chef Nights” for adults.
The Emeril Lagasse Foundation Kitchen House and Culinary Garden is located just five minutes away from Florida Hospital for Children at 26 E. King Street in College Park. To learn more, please visit http://www.EdibleEd.org