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.

 

March 24, 2016

By PilotLight

The Good Food Festival Brings, Well, Good Food to Chicago

The nonprofit FamilyFarmed launched the first sustainable local food trade show, The Good Food Festival, in the country 12 years ago. And they’ve since kept up the record of running the longest show of its kind. Pilot Light is excited to participate in the festival for its second year.  The Festival will be hosted at

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March 18, 2016

By PilotLight

FamilyFarmed’s Blog Post on Chef Paul Kahan and Pilot Light

The Chicago nonprofit FamilyFarmed wrote about Paul Kahan’s accomplishments in anticipation of the nonprofit’s Good Food Festival. FamilyFarmed is honoring Kahan by giving him the “FamilyFarmed’s Good Food Chef of the Year” award.   Learn more here!

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March 14, 2016

By PilotLight

Pilot Light: Reintroducing the Language of Food

For this week’s blog post, we want to share some insight on Pilot Light’s mission and what we aim to accomplish in our partner schools throughout Chicago. Check out this video by Whimsy City Productions and Spring Creative below to hear from our founding chefs Matthias Merges (Yusho, Billy Sunday, A10 Hyde Park) and Jason

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March 13, 2016

By PilotLight

Lifeway Joins Pilot Light to Feed Minds and Fuel Appetites!

The Pilot Light Chefs were back in the classroom earlier this week, bringing their unique nutrition education program and approach to Chicago-area elementary school students at Disney Magnet II. As proud and enthusiastic sponsor of Pilot Light, members of the Lifeway team were on hand to help with chef-led lessons, serve a tasty and nutritious

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March 3, 2016

By PilotLight

Pilot Light Chefs Takeover Classrooms & Cafeteria at Disney II Magnet

This week, our Pilot Light Chefs teamed up with teachers at Disney II Magnet Elementary, our founding school, to create lessons that built food into what students were already learning in the classroom.  Even more, the chefs developed and served a delicious, healthy lunch to the students! Some of the great chef-led lessons included learned

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February 23, 2016

By PilotLight

Chattin’ with Our Chefs: Favorite Food Movies

Once a month on our blog, we want to give you a backstage pass to our Pilot Light Chefs with our new “Chattin’ with Our Chefs” series. We’ll feature fun Q&A’s that ask our chefs for their advice on all sorts of topics, like how to make better schools lunches or stock a home pantry. 

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February 15, 2016

By PilotLight

A Look Inside One of Our Lessons from a Teacher’s Point of View: Ms. Halligan, 5th Grade

Our partner schools will start a new round of Pilot Light lessons in the month of February. To kick it off, we want to give you a glimpse on the impact that our lessons have on our partner school students through the eyes of one of our teachers. Meet Ms. Halligan, one of the 5th

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February 14, 2016

By PilotLight

Valentine’s Day Chocolate Panna Cotta Courtesy of Pilot Light Chefs Amy Biller, Matthias Merges and John Vermiglio

Try making this delicious chocolate treat with your family this Valentine’s Day! Yield = 6  servings INGREDIENTS: 2 teaspoons Unflavored Powdered Gelatin 2 3/4 cups Whole Milk 3/4 cup plus 2 Tablespoons Sugar 1/4 teaspoon Salt 6 ounces Chocolate chips PREPARATION: 1. In a small bowl, sprinkle the powdered gelatin over 1/4 cup of the milk and

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October 15, 2015

By PilotLight

Catalyst Chicago Writes Pilot Light Bringing Healthier and Tastier Lunches into Chicago Public Schools

The independent magazine that reports on Urban Schools wrote about Pilot Light in a news post. They mentioned our chefs’ endeavor to prepare lunch for all of the students in Chicago Public Schools just for a day.   Learn more here!

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September 3, 2015

By PilotLight

Pilot Light Receives Grant from Tengelsen Family Foundation

Pilot Light is excited to announce that we received a generous grant from The Tengelsen Family Foundation, an organization known for their contributions in giving grants to charitable organizations and institutions that promote child nutrition and mental health. This grant is dedicated to the development Pilot Light’s educational media which will be provided to teachers

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