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Ashlei Hurst
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Six Things You Didn’t Know About Nopales – Like What They Are

No-what? You may be more familiar with the term cacti than nopales, but this succulent plant is flourishing as a tasty, inventive ingredient in kitchens from coast-to-coast. Nopales are versatile, healthy and can be easily paired with many different dishes.

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2017 Sacramento Food Film Festival Sustainable Event Photos
April 4, 2017

Photos courtesy of Amy Nicole Photography

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2017 Sacramento Food Film Festival Premiere Event Photos
April 1, 2017

Photos courtesy of Amy Nicole Photography. 

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The Rhubarb Revolution is Here.
Kids are a brutally honest audience.

Written by: Chief Food Genius, Amber Stott

On January 18, 2012, 120 kids watched anxiously. Dressed in a colorful apron, I waved carrots, broccoli, grapefruits and other produce eagerly in front of them as I explained the difference between fruits and vegetables. We were starting a rhubarb revolution.

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There and Back Again

Written by: Cindy Yang, AmeriCorps Service Member

I was an 11-year-old Hmong kid living in South Sacramento when college became real for me. I remember how students from UC Davis and Sac State came to the school I was attending — Susan B. Anthony Elementary School. They encouraged us to go to college and gave us awesome swag! I took that message to heart. I wanted to go to college, achieve big stuff, and become an example for my family and for my community.

Little did I know that 15 years into the future, I would be back in my elementary school again.

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Students Learn Knife Skills in Food Literacy Class

In class this week, food literacy students learned how to use a knife while making a Black Eyed Pea salad! Look at that tomatillo technique!

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Danielle Nierenberg
Food Literacy Hero

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Cooking with Kids!
10 Things Kids Can Do in the Kitchen

There’s something particularly special about cooking with kids.  Kids that help in the kitchen learn the “how” and “why” their meals are prepared.  For them it’s fascinating, engaging and above all, a lot of fun! Also, kids are more likely to eat veggies when they prepare them.

Here are our top 10 Kid-friendly kitchen duties to get your culinary protégé acting as your new sous chef.

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Amanda Ryan
Food Literacy Hero

Surrounded by good food, good friends and an amazing attitude towards life and health, Amanda Ryan lives and breathes food literacy at work and at home.

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Upcoming July Events

We are doing tomato toe-touches of joy for all of the fun community events we have in store for the month of July. Mark your calendars!

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Memorial Day Recipes
5 recipes to make your Memorial Day delicious

Whether you are having a picnic or hosting a party in your backyard, celebrate Memorial Day weekend with one (or all) of these healthy and delicious recipes! 

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Apriums
The Lesser Known Stone Fruit

Apriums are a stone fruit similar to plums, apricots and peaches. With the exterior appearance of an apricot, apriums have an orange, juicy flesh and a slight fuzzy exterior. They taste like a sweet apricot that contains a hint of plum. At the farmers market or grocery store, look for apriums that are firm with a little give and have a fragrant aroma.

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Leataata Floyd celebrates first year of food literacy

Food Literacy Center’s first year at Leataata Floyd Elementary School, sponsored by Raley’s Family of Fine Stores, has come to a cauliflower close for summer break. During the past 13 weeks the kids became food adventurers, cooking new recipes and tasting new fruits and vegetables like kumquats and rainbow chard. 

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Mario’s Story

Favorite part of the program: “Trying new food. I’ve been very brave!”

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Katie’s Story

Food Literacy Superhero: Katie

Age: 10

Grade: 5th

Years in food literacy class: 3

Favorite part of program:
“Trying things I haven’t tried before and seeing if we like it.”

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Angela’s Story

“I’ve been taking the recipes home. My whole family makes them for other families. I include the food literacy recipes because they inspire me, and I want others to have a healthy life.”

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Food & Film Pairings—Growing the Food Movement Through Food Film Festivals

Since the beginning of the century, an influx of food-focused films have been cooked up by film producers, creating a food-conscious public movement around food issues similar to that of Upton Sinclair’s 1906 book “The Jungle” about Chicago’s meatpacking industry, which eventually led to the establishment of the Food and Drug Administration.

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5 Recipes for a Valentine’s Day Dinner at Home

“Food is symbolic of love when words are inadequate.” —Alan D. Wolfelt

What better way to show the ones you love how much they mean to you on Valentine’s Day than with a home cooked meal. 

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Community’s Generosity Sets Record for Holiday Produce Drive
Happy Kids Go Home with 30 pieces of Produce for the Holidays

Carrot Cartwheels! With the help of Sacramento area residents, we raised 7,200 fresh fruits and vegetables to send students home with the recommended daily serving of fruits & vegetables during the long holiday break.

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Evonne Fisher
Food Literacy Hero

We can’t successfully teach food literacy without the unwavering support of wonderful parents. We’d like to shine a strawberry spotlight on Food Literacy Supermom Evonne Fisher who has gone above and beyond in ensuring her aptly-nicknamed daughter, Pear, gets the best food literacy experience.

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3 Ways to Make Giving Tuesday Count

Our goal today is assertive because the need is pressing! Kids’ health in our country is on the decline. A recent report shows kids’ consumption of vegetables dropping to a low 4%. Poor health puts kids at risk to lose concentration and fall behind at school, and it leads to preventable, diet-related diseases.

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Marisol’s Story

Marisol is in 5th grade taking her third year of food literacy classes. Before she started the program, she ate a lot of fast food.

“I didn’t eat soup or salad,” she tells us. “But now, it’s my favorite to try things I’ve never tried before.”

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Fund-a-School Today!

Important change is coming to Food Literacy Center. We need you to be part of it!

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Food Literacy Center Awarded Farm-to-School Grant

We’re pomegranate proud to announce that Food Literacy Center has been awarded a highly competitive and prestigious federal Farm-to-School Grant! 

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Building Broccoli Habits

Building Broccoli Habits

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2016 Call for Entries
Deadline: February 26, 2016

CALL FOR ENTRIES STARTS TODAY!

The Sacramento Food Film Festival is looking for fennel-tastic filmmakers of ALL skillsets and ages to share their flavorful films that celebrate food, health, environment and community!

Thoroughly read submission information and submit your film via the easy, online form below!

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One Book Sacramento a Shishito Pepper Success!

From chefs and farmers to librarians and business leaders, the room was filled with people committed to changing our local food system and creating a healthier community for our kids. The enthusiasm for this work was palpable by the joyful energy.

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Food Literacy Month

Food Literacy Month

Recipe Hana Lee
Basil Guacamole

5 Recipes for Father’s Day

Celebrate Dad and kick-off your summer with these seasonal and delicious recipes. Fire up the grill, gather your veggies, and ask Dad to step away from the grill! 

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Daikon Radish

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Peaches

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Greg Berger
Food Literacy Hero

May’s Food Literacy Hero, Gregory (Greg) Berger combines his passion for design and good food in a seamless and brilliant way.

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Food Literacy Center New Logo

Food Literacy Center New Logo

Find out what the vegetables think of our new name and logo. 

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Mark Casale
Food Literacy Hero

This month’s Food Literacy Hero is Mark Casale, Executive Chef of Dos Coyotes Border Cafe. 

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Food Literacy Program

Food Literacy Program

We believe that good food should be fun! We focus on the positive side of food, sharing practical, affordable, and approachable ways to eat well, rather than harping on what foods people should avoid or eliminate. We aim to engage rather than frighten.

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Green Tea Granola

Makes 2 quarts

I serve these with lychee chunks, crisp Asian pear, and labneh, with a wake-up grating of fresh ginger to pull it all together. You can make your own labneh, or use store-bought (my favorite brand is Karoun), or Greek yogurt instead.

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Sacramento Food Film Festival 2015 – A Celery Success!

This Sunday marked the finale of the 2015 Sacramento Food Film Festival, a 10-day celebration of food and films.

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Announcing the 2015 Short Film Contest Winners

 Sacramento Food Film Festival Announces Winners of 2015 Short Film Contest

SACRAMENTO — March 10, 2015 — A wonderful range of food and agricultural stories win top marks in the Sacramento Food Film Festival’s first annual Short Film Contest. All under 10 minutes, the winning films showcased our food system’s joy and desire for healthy food and lasting change.

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Roasted Romanesco

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