Getting kids excited to eat their vegetables, Lisa Suriano, founder and creator of the Veggiecation Program, will conduct a series of cooking demonstrations for elementary age kids at Whole Foods Markets located throughout the Northern New Jersey area. Young students will learn how to prepare a selection of kid-friendly, healthy veggie dishes that they can also prepare at home with family and friends. As practiced in participating classrooms throughout the country, kids will be invited to help prepare Veggiecation Program’s recipes, sample Veggiecation Program’s culinary creations, experience vegetables in their raw form and cast a vote on how they liked the recipes in the Veggiecation Ballot Boxes. Kids will also have an opportunity to learn veggie fun facts with Veggiecation Program’s educational posters that will be displayed throughout participating Whole Foods Markets. Kids will take home complimentary Veggiecation character coloring pages, word games, mazes and stickers. Parents will receive a copy of Veggiecation Program's recipes created that day.
On the menu will be Sweet Green Smoothie with Spinach and Strawberries, and Teriyaki Celery Stir Fry.
A curriculum based nutrition education concept, Veggiecation Program’s success with kids lies in the engaging activities that empower children with their food choices while demonstrating that eating vegetables is fun and delicious. From New York to California, Veggiecation Program is in place in classrooms throughout the country. Veggiecation Program also offers programs for individual purchase for use at home and after school activities.
Founded in 1980 in Austin, Texas, Whole Foods Market is the leading natural and organic food retailer with over 300 stores in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. As America's first national certified organic grocer, Whole Foods Market was named "America's Healthiest Grocery Store" by Health magazine. The company's motto, "Whole Foods, Whole People, Whole Planet" captures its mission to ensure customer satisfaction and health, Team Member excellence and happiness, enhanced shareholder value, community support and environmental improvement.
Veggiecation Program cooking demonstrations at Whole Foods Markets are free and open to the public. Preregistration is required as seating is limited.
Preregistration and class information for each location are as follows:
Whole Foods Market’s West Orange location
Cooking Class Date and Time: January 24, 2012 from 4pm – 5pm
Address: 235 Prospect Avenue, West Orange, NJ
Preregister by email [email protected] or phone 973-669-3196.
Deadline to preregister: January 20, 2012
Whole Foods Market’s Vauxhall location
Cooking Class Date and Time: January 26, 2012 from 4pm – 5pm
Address: 2245 Springfield Avenue, Vauxhall, NJ
Preregister in person at store’s customer service booth or phone 908-688-1455.
Deadline to preregister: January 24, 2012
Whole Foods Market’s Paramus location
Cooking Class Date and Time: February 2, 2012 from 4pm – 5pm
Address: 300 Bergen Town Center, Paramus, NJ
Preregistration by phone 201-226-1244.
Deadline to preregister: February 1, 2012
Cooking demonstrations will take place in Whole Foods Market’s café.