On Saturday, October 17, the Irvington Elementary School gymnasium was filled with the aroma of exquisite foods created by a sea of miniature chefs, a delectable celebration of nutrition and education. The I AM Learning Partnership, Arnerich Massena’s award-winning community service program, marked its 20th anniversary with this remarkable event.
The culmination of a year-long service learning project to help eliminate the root causes of hunger in our community and raise money for the Oregon Food Bank, FOOD FIGHT showcased the cooking and nutrition skills Irvington students have been learning over the last year. Chefs from notable establishments in the community have been working with the children, and came to FOOD FIGHT to help them demonstrate their dishes, offering samples to the public. Visitors had their palates delighted with everything from orecchiette with sausage to dark chocolate crepes.
Whole Foods Market helped sponsor the event by providing the raw ingredients, and the following restaurants participated: ¿Por Que No? Tacqueria, B.A.K.E. Catering, Bent Brick, Whole Foods Market, Ned Ludd, Chefstable Catering, Milo’s City Café, Renata, Pastini, Alma Chocolate, Le Cordon Bleu, Foster & Dobbs. Recipe cards were distributed, so that visitors could recreate the masterpieces at home, or get their young chefs-in-training to do the cooking!
The FOOD FIGHT icing on the cake was the check the I AM Learning Partnership presented to the Oregon Food Bank. Fundraising throughout the year made it possible to donate three thousand dollars toward relieving hunger in Oregon!
FOOD FIGHT was a tremendous success; take a look at the photos below to see proud young chefs and well-fed visitors.
For more information about the I AM Learning Partnership, visit www.am-a.com/community-service.