our food standards

our food standards

We believe that our students and school staff should not only eat healthy food, but also eat responsibly raised food. That is why we set standards for the food that we buy. Click here to learn why you should feel good about the food you eat at lunch time.



our blog

our blog


Come join our thriving blog community! We provide our readers with approachable, and creative seasonal recipes, family dinner guides, food quote inspirations, cooking class reflections and much more! Subscribe at www.butterbeanskitchen.com/blog to join in on the fun!



open house May 7th

open house May 7th

Join us for our Camp Open House to learn more about our 4th Annual Food & Garden Summer Camp!

Our Open House schedules includes:

  • A tour of our West Village camp headquarters

  • The chance to connect with our Camp Director, and some “Partners in the Field” – local farmers, chefs, and gardeners who will be featured at camp

  • A Spring Cooking Class for the whole family!

Reserve your spot for the Spring Cooking Class by RSVP‘ing to camp@butterbeanskitchen.com before May 1st.

Location: 201 W. 13th Street in the West Village

Date: Wednesday, May 7th

Time: 3:15pm-5:15pm


3:15pm-5:15pm Free Info Session & Open House

3:45pm-4:45pm Spring Cooking Class – $45 per family (caregivers + 1 child) + $15 for siblings *Free info session to be held during this time


summer camp

summer camp


Butter Beans Food & Garden Summer Camp is a fantastic summer experience that connects children to their local food chain through visits to urban gardens, rooftop farms, farm-to-table restaurant, and farmers markets. Our campers engage with and learn from farmers, composters, local chocolate, pickle, jam makers and bee keepers, they buy local food, make a delicious lunch (while honing in on their sautéing, chopping and cooking skills), make their own ice cream, pickles, jam, bread and more, while enjoying summer outside.

We can help change the future of food in America by teaching our children how to grow, harvest and cook food, all while being exposed to the local food revolution happening right here in New York City!
What our campers have said about their summer adventures:
  • “Griffin had the best time with you during the break – said it was one of the best things he has ever done.”
  • “This was the most fun camp ever!”
  • “The food was amazing. I can’t believe we made it all!” 
  • “It’s been really sweet seeing the change in her passion around cooking, savoring the taste of fresh herbs while we’re grocery shopping, and eating LOTS of salads.” – A campers’ mom
Click here to learn more about what’s in store this coming summer!

cooking classes

cooking classes

Butter Beans cooking classes teach students how to make seasonal, international, nutritious recipes, while forging fun new memories in the kitchen!

Students will learn about seasonality, international cuisines, beneficial nutrients, and mindfulness.

Our Spring menu includes items like dolmades, fondue, nicoise salad and springtime risotto.

As students move through the course they will also learn vital kitchen knife skills, food tasting and seasoning, various culinary techniques, and culinary vocabulary.

From seed to table, children gain an appreciation for food in a convivial setting, while discovering different cultures and building important cooking skills, all while having fun with their friends!

To set up a class at your school, email: classes@butterbeanskitchen.com

Here’s what cooking class parents had to say about their child’s experience:

“My daughter is a very picky eater but your class has really opened her eyes to how tasty a variety of food can be. She is so proud to share what she has prepared with the family when she gets home and is eager to explain what she did. We would put your recipes into our dinner rotation immediately!!” – Mary, a parent of a Butter Beans chef 

“As soon as the teppanyaki chef started dicing veggies, cooking, and sautéing, my child went into cooking class mode - identifying vegetables/oils/aromatics… asking the chef some 5-year old questions… Because he saw the cooking process and understood it, he felt so empowered that that he ate everything – the fried rice, the minced vegetables, the diced chicken. He ate better than the older kids at the table.” – Malini, Parent of a Cooking Class Student on a visit to a Japanese restaurant with her family