Dame Michele Morris began volunteering her time with kids through school garden programs almost immediately after launching her business to provide private cooking lessons. Over the years she has cooked with kids at various schools in the metro area, done cooking demonstrations in DPS classrooms on Colorado Proud Day, cooked samples to hand out at Youth Farmers’ Markets, and held family harvest festivals with student gardeners and their parents. Beginning in 2015, Dame Morris will take on the role of Slow Food Denver’s Cooking Teacher in the Seed-to-Table program across the metro area. Slow Food Denver’s Seed-to-Table program supports school gardens and taste education classes in schools across the metro area, empowering children to become enthusiastic supporters of good, clean, fair food. Programs support:
• Construction and maintenance of school gardens
• Taste education, food preparation and cultural-culinary programs
• Teacher professional development and community-based education
• Garden-to-cafeteria and school composting/recycling programs
• Farm-to-school programs, guest chef programs and school-to-community markets
Dame Morris will teach both the Sensory Education curriculum, which helps introduce kids to tasting new foods and helps them understand the connection between their diet and their bodies, and the Kitchen Tools curriculum, which helps young cooks learn how to use kitchen tools and how to cook intuitively. For more information about Slow Food Denver’s Seed-to-Table program please visit their website at sfdseedtotable.org.