You may have wondered where we came up with the name Butter Beans? Our co-founder and CEO, Belinda grew up in North Carolina on a farm and used to shell butter beans with her grandmother. This experience stood out to her as one of her fondest food memories. Butter beans are extremely nutrient dense and delicious, and were one of Belinda’s favorite foods she...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
Our mission is to provide healthy food for bodies and minds through our tasty, nutrient-rich lunches, and fact filled wellness initiatives, that address the alarming health statistics of children today. We offer school-wide lunch programs for schools who want to offer hot lunch to their entire student body, and wellness education programs in and outside of the classroom. Even if you do not have an on-site kitchen or cafeteria, we can tailor make a program that works for you.
Butter Beans is the brainchild of local mothers who understand the challenge busy parents face in providing their children homemade, delicious, healthy meals to send to school everyday.
Childhood is a time of rapid growth and development; therefore, the quality of the food they eat must be fresh and nutrient dense. What young children eat determines the strength of their immune system for years to come.
We use the most local, seasonal, and organic food possible, and find ways to add nutrition to every bite. Our meals are cooked by trained chefs, and are full of whole grains, legumes, veggies, healthy fats, and naturally raised meat, and poultry.
“I’m so excited about not having to prepare any lunches anymore. You guys rock!” - a Butter Beans parent
“I love cooking class! I love grating and chopping and mixing. I love tasting all the ingredients and learning where they come from and making things for my family at home.” - a Butter Beans cooking class student
“The Butter Beans program at our school has been a huge benefit for me. I would say it kept me from getting sick. I get to socialize a bit with my students and colleagues all while eating tons of fresh and delicious vegetables prepared with my well-being in mind. It’s a gift really, a demonstration of how the school wants us to have healthy, contented lives.” - a Butter Beans teacher
“Everyone greets me with a smile, so I definitely feel welcomed in the school. It feels good when I hand out samples and receive feedback from the kids, good or bad. They’re being exposed to new and different foods and it’s satisfying to be apart of that.” - a Butter Beans Food Service Supervisor
Cooking with your children is an experience that connects, and fosters family memories. We have compiled a list of recipes we have written, and some that have been adapted from various cooks in our culinary community.
Not sure what to cook for dinner tonight, or looking for some lunch tips or breakfast encouragement?