Serving them were some of the most distinguished chefs in the region, who attended the event and had to get used to satisfying a precocious and exacting, albeit younger set of diners than their usual dining demographic. Luckily for Chris Jarosz of Broderick Roadhouse, Kurt Spataro of Paragary Restaurant Group, Ravin Patel of Ella and Ten22’s Jay Veregge, the students had already learned the value of eating their vegetables. Even the endive, which Molly Collins of California Endive Farms expertly explained is capable of glowing in the dark.
“They’re eating these things like potato chips,” CRA Sacramento chapter president Jarosz said after one particular student devoured more than a couple handfuls of beets.
The “Veggie of the Year” event is a part of the Food Literacy Center’s campaign to educate and inspire low-income children to eat healthy food – a task the organization has been successfully doing since 2011.
“If you put a kale salad in front of these kids, they will have no problem eating it,” Food Literacy Center Founder Amber Stott said. “It’s all about the education they receive as part of our programs.”
September is Food Literacy Month, and the Food Literacy Center will benefit from a portion of the proceeds earned during Sacramento’s Farm-to-Fork Restaurant Weeks.
Meanwhile, the 2014 “Veggie of the Year” winner will be unveiled at a free Food Literacy Fair event from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Sacramento’s Southside Park.