On Wednesday, July 10th we had the privilege of hosting the Walton County Chamber of Commerce "Power of Networking Luncheon," at the Santa Rosa Beach pantry. We love when we can share our facility with local businesses and organizations and the monthly luncheon for the Chamber of Commerce was the perfect opportunity to do so.
Almost 80 members of the Walton County Chamber of Commerce attended and they were able to walk through our facility, talk to other business owners and enjoy a lunch prepared by Marrow Private Chefs. Then fun was had by all with some networking fun playing a modified version of Family Feud!
It was great to also be able to share our mission here at Food For Thought and share opportunities to be able to get involved, especially with the upcoming school year.
Are you savvy/experienced in the kitchen?! We are looking for volunteers to lead and assist cooking classes for students in the Emeril Lagasse Full Circle Kitchen. Not need to be a professional chef! Menus are simple and easy to follow and lead; we just need people who like to cook and want to teach and lead kids in the kitchen!
For more information, please email:
See below photos from recent classes - it's a fun time had by all!
We have wonderful, happy news to share with all of you!!
One of the students from the Emeril Lagasse Full Circle Kitchen, Donnell, was just hired by Emeril's Coastal Italian!!
Donnell has been taking cooking classes with Food For Thought in the Full Circle Kitchen since he was a junior in high school and has had a passion for learning how to improve his culinary skills. We are so proud of Donnell for pursuing his dreams to work in the kitchen of a restaurant.
This makes our hearts burst to know that all those involved with Food For Thought are making an impact on kid's lives who are involved in the FFT programs.
Donnell cooking at the Chi Chi Miguel Throwdown (April 2019) and helping with renovations at the DeFuniak Springs Pantry
Thank you also to the Emeril Lagasse Foundation that supports and helps kids to make their dreams a reality.
Our Emeril Lagasse Full Circle Kitchen continues to be busy with classes for kids, even with school out of session. Each week we have had various organizations with students and kids join us for a cooking class.
We had such a good time hosting the Youth Village Cooking class earlier this month while they learned how to make pizza's from scratch. It is so great to see the kids take part and want to learn more about cooking on their own!
We also have enjoyed hosting students from AMI Pensacola, while they made an easy "one-pot" ranch chicken meal, and love that they make the effort to drive the distance to join our cooking class.
The Boys and Girl's Club has also been using our kitchen as part of their summer program. Recently that created "Cheerio Clusters" and made eggs for a breakfast meal.
We are so thankful for this kitchen that allows us to host kids of all ages to teach them how to cook an array of meals all on their own!
All of us at Food For Thought are so thankful for the volunteers that help with all of our programs! Today, we would like to thank Linda Koch for all of her help that she has provided in the Emeril Lagasse Full Circle kitchen. Please read below to find out what it means to Linda to volunteer at FFT:
After retiring two years ago from PepsiCo in Dallas, Linda moved to Emerald Coast. It was important to her to remain busy and to get involved in the community while she was retired. When Linda learned about Food For Thought Outreach, she knew that she had to get involved, and she loves that she is able to help kids to cook at the Santa Rosa Beach pantry, but her time volunteering has also showed her how important it is to get involved and give back as a retired person
At a fund raising event Linda attended over a year ago, is when Linda first signed up to help in the Full Circle Kitchen. She knew that she has enough knowledge about cooking and time to help, so decided to sign up that night.
Linda has been volunteering with Food For Thought for a year and a half and enjoys her time cooking with the kids. She said that "seeing the excitement in their eyes when they are able to create food that tastes delicious to them," is what she enjoys the most. And she has noticed that it builds the kid's confidence when they see how easy it is to make some of the food dishes that are taught to them and hopes that it gives the kids energy to try and cook more outside of the FFT Full Circle Kitchen. "When I hear them tell their friends they can’t wait to come back next week, I know we’ve done something good that day," said Linda.
Linda said that ever since she raised her hand at the fundraising event, she has been looking forward to every class that she has taught with the kids!
We are very grateful for you, Linda and all of our volunteers!
If you would like to sign up to volunteer, please contact us: firstname.lastname@example.org