SXSW EDU 2020: Teacher + Chef = Food as an Engaging Teaching Tool

March 9, 2020

Join James Beard Nominated Chef, Jason Hammel, and 22-year public schools veteran teacher, Chandra Garcia-Kitch, to explore how food education can be integrated into the core content curriculum of K-12 classrooms through Pilot Light lessons. This chef demonstration and hands-on workshop, including taste testing, allows for participants to become students in a Pilot Light classroom and join chef and teacher on a journey to explore the impact of effective food education integration.

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Citizen Food Conference

April 20, 2020|9:00 a.m.

Join chefs from across the U.S. including notable award-winning chefs Dan Barber (Blue Hill, Blue Hill at Stone Barns, Row 7 Seed Company), Dan Giusti (Noma, Brigaid), Camilla Marcus (west~bourne, TechTable), Tunde Wey (SAARTJ, BabyZoos), Anthony Myint (Mission Chinese Food, The Perennial, Zero Foodprint), Betti Wiggins (Houston Independent School District), Geeta Maker-Clark, MD, ABOIM (University of Chicago), and life-long food advocate Ann Cooper “The Renegade Lunch Lady” at the Citizen Food Conference. The day-long Citizen Food conference will be held at the Ace Hotel in Chicago on Monday, April 20, 2020, and will include breakfast, lunch, a cocktail reception and dinner. Following the chef speaker presentations, attendees will be bused to the Museum of Contemporary Art for a cocktail reception, keynote address, and a family-style dinner experience hosted by Pilot Light’s founding chefs. Pilot Light founding chefs Paul Kahan (One-Off Hospitality Group, Black Bird, Avec, Publican, Big Star), Jason Hammel (Lula Café, Marisol, Superkhana International), and Matthias Merges (Folk Art Management Group, Billy Sunday, Mordecai, Hush Money) will prepare the evening's dinner for guests, to be hosted at the Museum of Contemporary Art. Food advocacy and social change is the heart of the Citizen Food conference. Speaker topics will include racial and gender equality, education and school lunch programs, sustainability and immigrant rights. More guest speakers and topics will be announced in the coming weeks. Tickets to the conference, cocktail reception and dinner are $250.

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Pilot Light’s Free Teacher Professional Development Session

May 27, 2020|4:30-6:30

Join Pilot Light staff and fellow educators for a free Professional Development session. Learn skills to engage students in the classroom, encourage learning and incorporate food education into your classroom. All teachers who attend will receive free access to Pilot Light’s food education curriculum and resources, and two Continuing Professional Development Units.

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