Through our Feeding Minds blog, we provide engaging content that connects our audience to all things food; from sharing stories of our classrooms, to picking fruits and vegetables at farmer’s markets, to healthy eating tips, to cooking advice, to must-try restaurants and food festivals, to kid-friendly activities.

 

September 4, 2020

By PilotLight

Coconut Fruit Tarts Recipe

Butler College Prep Pi Day   Looking for a fun dessert recipe to make over the long weekend? Try this recipe for Coconut Fruit Tarts! We recommend using your favorite late summer fruit to make it your own! You could try this recipe with stone fruit, blueberries, raspberries, apples, your favorite melon, tropical fruit, or

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August 18, 2020

By PilotLight

Pilot Light Partners with the Chicago Blackhawks Foundation’s Healthy Hawks Program to Bring Food Education to Blackhawks VIRTUAL Summer Camp

Pilot Light was excited to partner with Chicago Blackhawks Foundation for the Blackhawks Virtual Summer Camp this summer. In collaboration with Pilot Light, the camp’s marquee session each week focused on nutrition and culinary skills through the Chicago Blackhawks Foundation’s Healthy Hawks program, presented by AT&T Believe Chicago.  Healthy Hawks is typically a summer field

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August 14, 2020

By PilotLight

Pilot Light on The Todd & Stephanie Schnick Foundation Podcast

We caught up with Todd Schnick at the Todd & Stephanie Schnick Foundation Podcast last month to talk about how our #PLFamilyMeal lessons and videos are designed to support educators, families, and youth during this time of distance learning through the act of sharing food.  We also talked about what a food integrated lesson looks

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July 2, 2020

By PilotLight

Quick Pickles Recipe for a Crowd

Looking for a science lesson on fermentation and a recipe to feed your crowd? Try this recipe for quick pickles from our chefs! Discover how immersing them in vinegar not only allows them to keep in your refrigerator but also changes their flavor, texture, and smell! Quick Pickles   Makes 4 cups 3 medium cucumbers, thinly

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May 27, 2020

By PilotLight

Pilot Light Partners with CZI and The Primary School

With the support of the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, Pilot Light has had the wonderful opportunity to collaborate with The Primary School to learn from one another and explore potential ways to share our food education model with their students and families. The Primary School, which was co-founded by Priscilla Chan and Meredith Liu and opened

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May 25, 2020

By PilotLight

Memorial Day Pasta Salad Recipe

Looking for a delicious, easy to make recipe this Memorial Day? Try our quick and easy Pasta Salad! Pasta Salad  Makes 5 cups 1 lb. dry pasta (preferably rotini, but anything works!)  ½ c canola or vegetable oil 4 TB lemon juice (juice of ~ 1 lemon) 4 TB red wine vinegar ½ tsp. mustard

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April 22, 2020

By PilotLight

Pilot Light on WGN Radio

Listen as our co-founder, Matthias Merges, and Executive Director, Alex DeSorbo-Quinn, join Ji Suk Yi’s radio program to discuss Pilot Light and Family Meal.  The show originally aired on Thursday, April 16th. In addition to explaining the history and mission of Pilot Light, Matthias and Alex introduced Family Meal, our new distance learning program designed

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February 7, 2020

By PilotLight

Ray Elementary Students Garner Support for Chicago’s Styrofoam and Single-use Plastic Ban

Ray Elementary students have joined forces with Alderman. Scott Waguespack and Alderman Susan Sadlowski Garza to help drive support for the prohibition on single use plastic and Styrofoam containers in Chicago.Students attended the press conference held by the Illinois Environmental Council on January 15  to introduce the ordinance to the Committee on Finance. Friends of

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December 20, 2019

By PilotLight

Welcome to The Jungle: Publican Quality Meat’s Rob Levitt Delights Students with a Live Butcher Lesson

     Students at Dewey Elementary School, which is on the border of the neighborhoods of New City, Englewood, and Back of the Yards in Chicago, were in for quite a spectacle this past week, as Rob Levitt, head butcher for Publican Quality Meats prepared a special demonstration for the classroom – the butchering of

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November 25, 2019

By PilotLight

Harris Policy Labs and Pilot Light: Building a Coalition of Support for Food Education

In 2018,Pilot Light released the nation’s first-ever Food Education Standards, a set of recommendations for food education for K-12 students. The Food Education Standards were developed in collaboration with Pilot Light co-founders and notable Chicago chefs Paul Kahan, Matthias Merges and Jason Hammel, as well as nutrition and education experts and faculty from the University

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