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April 2014, Food Systems Network NYC
April 2014, Brooklyn Mamas “Butter Beans Food & Garden Summer Camp: A Seed-to-Table Journey in Food”
August 2013, Brooklyn Mamas 100 “Classes for Kids in Brooklyn”
Spring/Summer 2013, Stern Business ”Off To A Strong Start”
October 2012, guest blog for foundhealth.com “5 Steps for Packing Your Kids a Healthy School Lunch”
September 2012, New York Observer “Hot Lunch Gets Hotter”
Carol Murko from Heirloom Meals interviews Belinda Di Giambattista, click here to listen
July 2012, Grist.org Playing with their food: Kids discover the fun of farming at camp
June 2012, Foxnews.com Food Focused Summer Camp For Kids
June 2012, Edible Brooklyn Notable Edibles, A Day Camp for Hungry Minds
May 2012, Time Out Kids Our parent & child seasonal spanish cooking class was mentioned in their guide to Farm Fresh Outings
May 2012, Clean Plates Butter Beans Grow in Brooklyn: Refreshing Healthy Kids Programs
May 2012, Mommy Poppins Farm to table: Hands on Planting and Harvesting Summer Camps for NYC Kids
April 2012, Mommy Poppins New York Summer Camp Guide
March 2012, Time Out Kids Special Interest Camps
March 1, 2012 Butter Beans Food & Garden Summer Camp 2012 mentioned in the New York Times Diner’s Journal by Glenn Collins.
February 28, 2012 Butter Beans Food & Garden Summer Camp 2012 highlighted in Manhattan User’s Guide newsletter and services section.
October 23, 2011 - MSNBC’s Your Business with JJ Ramberg featuring Butter Beans, interviews Co-Founder and CEO Belinda DiGimabattista:
It’s not easy for a small business to distinguish itself from a much larger competitor, but that doesn’t mean you should go down without a fight. One entrepreneur quickly learned there is a way to steer customers away from bigger companies. In order to do that, she needed to make a good impression from the start.
Check out the link to see our lunch service in action: http://www.openforum.com/videos/american-business-impress-your-customers
Ask a city-bred kid for their image of a farmer, and they will most probable conjure up Old MacDonald, says Felicia Desrosiers, co-founder of Butter Beans, a company that provides seasonal and locally sourced nutritious lunches to schools. But at Butter Beans’ two-week Food and Garden Summer Camp August 1 through 15, Desrosiers aims to dispel that notion by introducing 7- to 12-year-olds to the varied guises of modern urban farming through educational visits to local farmers’ markets and rooftop farms and visits with bee-keepers and chocolate-makers.
Desrosiers, a certified holistic health counselor from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition who also manages a holistic health and nutrition counseling practice, is enthusiastic that her food camp “gets children engaged with their food and where it comes from.” A day camp for budding educated foodies, in other words, the Food and Garden summer camp aims “to inspire the next generation of Alice Waters, Jamie Olivers and Michelle Obamas,” says Desrosiers, through hands-on exposure.
The first week of the session is focused around the growing cycle: Campers learn about composting at the Lower East Side Ecology Center in the community garden on East 7th Street; chicken-rearing at The Brooklyn Grange, a rooftop farm in Queens; planting and harvesting vegetables at Eagle Street Rooftop Farm in Brooklyn, and the pollination process with bee keepers from the NYC Beekeeping Association. In July sessions, says Desrosiers, the kids gamely donned bee suits and got up close to the hives, then sampled different varieties of honey.
The second week delves into sustainable production practices with visits to Murray’s Cheese caves, a tour of Mast Brothers Chocolate in Brooklyn, and a visit with The Compass Green Truck, a moving garden truck that runs on vegetable oil and teaches youngsters about the sustainable mobile greenhouse.
Everyday, the kids make their own lunches from produce they selected at the farmer’s market. In addition, the children talk to the farmers and growers of their lunch directly. They are given a budget and a nutritional framework of “what makes a healthy plate” says Desrosiers. “At the market, we have a team that goes out looking for roots, a team that looks for leaves, a raw team that sources raw vegetables that are crunchy and raw,” she enthuses, “and we make sure that we have protein covered.”
Last Tuesday’s lunch consisted of homemade salsa and corn chips, golden-eyed beans, rice, sautéed kale and garlic with olive oil, and a colorful salad sprinkled with paneer cheese the kids learnt to make from a session with Murray’s. (They boiled whole milk, added vinegar to the mix and squeezed it through a cheese cloth.)
The next Butter Beans session runs from August 1 through 15. Classes run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with drop off and pickup at the Lafayette Avenue Presbyterian Church at 85 South Oxford Street in Fort Greene. (Early and after care is available, as is a Manhattan drop off and pick up.) The cost is $115 per day and includes daily lunch, snack, camp t-shirt, transportation during the day and materials, and Butter Beans is currently offering a 25 percent discount. Sign up here, check out their blog, and feel free to email Felicia@ButterBeansKitchen.com for more details or call 718.499.0010 for details.
May 20, 2011, For immediate release:
May 2, 2011 NY Daily Post – Education section:
May 1, 2009
NYU Stern School of Business and the Berkley Center for Entrepreneurial Studies awarded Butter Beans, Inc. the top prize in the 2009 annual Business plan competition.
May 17, 2009
MSNBC’s Your Business segment on Wave of the Future features Butter Beans with an interview with Belinda Di Giambattista June 7, 2009
Crain’s New York Business newspaper reports on Butter Beans
June 18, 2009
BusinessWeek article features Belinda Di Giambattista of Butter Beans.
Jobless MBAs Opt for Entrepreneurship September, 2009
New York Family Magazine looks to Butter Beans Felicia Desrosiers, Director of Wellness, for back to school lunch tips.
FoxBusinessLive Web Show interviewed Belinda Di Giambattista on their live web show.