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.
- Our meat proteins are antibiotic and hormone free, and grass fed whenever possible
- When we use milk in dishes (like mac and cheese) we use Hudson Valley Fresh Milk which is local, and from grass fed cows
- We source produce locally whenever possible
- We provide a variety of fresh fruit each week including local apples and pears, along with oranges, grapes, melon, bananas
- Whole grains are an integral part of our menu, as we only offer whole wheat bread, pita, wraps, brown rice and quinoa
- We never use ingredients like: high fructose corn syrup, MSG, artificial colors, artificial flavors, trans fats, or margarines
- All of our food is made from scratch in our commissary kitchen by our experienced culinary team
- Our yogurt is plain and to sweeten it we use honey, not sugar, and we blend in fruit for our flavoring
- Our granola is homemade
- Our soups are all homemade, and we make the broth from scratch, so there is no added sodium other than for taste
- All of our food is fresh never frozen
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We’re thrilled to be back serving nutritious school lunches for our communities, and are excited to announce that we have grown into two new schools!
It has been a busy summer for us! Our Food & Garden Summer Camp was a great success, with 46 campers having walked through our food & garden doors, and leaving with their certificates of expertise in food and gardening!
We have also grown our cooking class program into 6 schools, and are excited to work with our new and returning cooking class teachers.
We look forward to facilitating a nurturing year filled with nourishing food, and fun food memories at lunch, and in our after-school cooking classes!
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.
- “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
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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