November 3, 2018, Turner-Bartels K-8 students learn about quinoa and how to make a harvest salad from Kids’ Kitchen presenters, USF students Yara Khalil and Richa Bisht during the Grand Opening of the new outdoor garden classroom.
Tampa Bay Kids' Kitchen
Tampa Bay Kids’ Kitchen is a pop-up mobile service designed to bring affordable, plant-based cooking lessons to youth gardens.
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We are so very excited to announce the roll-out of our brand new mobile Kids' Kitchen, funded by Sprouts Healthy Communities Foundation, on Nov. 3 at the Green Apple Day of Service at Turner-Bartels K-8. On this very special day - a year in the making - TBK8 students, their families, and volunteers with Grace Empire Church, the Patel College and TTF2S will complete the set-up of the 4th grade gardens. Adding to the excitement for the incoming 4th graders, the students will also be treated to a cooking demo by our Kids' Kitchen intern cooking team. USF student interns will engage young gardeners in a demonstration of how to prepare a simple dish using the same type of vegetables they will grow in their new gardens.
Thanks to Sprouts Foundation, Kids’ Kitchen is helping young gardeners by setting up in the physical space near their gardens to help make the connection between the vegetables they grow and the healthy plant-based dishes they can make at home. During the 2018/19 school year, Kids’ Kitchen “popped up” at the Sweetwater Organic Farmers Market, Tampa Heights Community Garden, Harvest Hope Park Community Garden, University of South Florida Patel College, Muller Elementary, Cork Elementary, and Turner-Bartels K-8 School. is an important goal, fulfilling the TTF2S vision of "Healthy Communities, Seriously Healthy Food."
December 11, 2018, Kids’ Kitchen team members Christiane, Brooke, and Richa prepare Garden Fiesta Tacos for kids enrolled in the Tampa Heights Community Garden after school program led by Kitty Wallace.
June, 2018 Yara Kahlil
Yara assists a student with cutting string beans at a cooking lesson presented by Hillsborough Social Services & Junior Chefs of America at the Oaks at Riverview Community Center.
When USF undergraduate honors student Yara Kahlil approached TTF2S at the USF Patel College open house in the spring of 2018 asking for an opportunity to cook with kids, we said, "YES! LET'S DO THAT!" Fulfilling our vision of fostering healthy communities requires more than just building school gardens and supporting hands-on agricultural experiences for kids. We must also show young gardeners how to use what they grow to make healthy food that tastes good. Check out Yara’s cooking videos here.