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One of our most popular events, What’s Cookin’?, returned this year! What’s Cookin’? is part of our series of events in conjunction with our Get Healthy initiative that aims at engaging our students (Littles) and mentors (Bigs) in embracing healthy behaviors across different focus areas. Our What’s Cookin’? event focuses on nutrition through hands-on cooking experiences and educational demonstrations.

We had 160 Bigs and Littles in attendance at our What’s Cookin’? events on Saturday, May 7, 2016 at The Chopping Block. We held a morning session and an afternoon session that day due to the popularity of the event. Chefs from The Chopping Block guided our matches and taught them proper fundamental kitchen skills including a hands-on lesson on ingredients, sanitation, organization, and cooking techniques. Bigs and Littles learned how to work together and prepare a healthy meal while following recipes geared for their age group. They learned how to cook Watermelon Salad with Fresh Mint, Oven Roasted Broccoli, Chicken Piccata, Amaranth-Spinach Fritters, and Fruit Crisp. Afterward, our matches had the opportunity to sit down and enjoy the 3-course meal they cooked together. Bigs and Littles received a recipe booklet filled with all of the recipes from that day so that they can make many of these same dishes at home!

A big thank you to Tyson Foods for sponsoring this fun and educational experience, and to Nike for supporting our Get Healthy initiative and events like this!

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