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.

 

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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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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September 3, 2019

By pilotlight@dmin

Pilot Light Partners with the Chicago Blackhawks Foundation to Bring Food Education to Summer Camp

What do professional hockey leagues and Pilot Light have in common? We all have to eat, right! Pilot Light was excited to provide produce-focused lessons this summer. More than 800 kids from across Chicago participated in Healthy Hawks camp run by the Chicago Blackhawks Foundation in collaboration with Pilot Light. Students created snacks using an […]

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June 17, 2019

By PilotLight

A Pretty Cool Ice Cream Experience

Last month Pilot Light teamed up with  to bring a one-of-a-kind experience to the students at Disney II Magnet School. Students worked together to brainstorm unique pop flavors and ingredients. The students voted on their favorites, and the top two winners were created and sold in Pretty Cool’s Logan Square shop this May. Sprinkles of […]

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By PilotLight

Pilot Light’s Memo to the Mayor

Last month, Pilot Light hosted our On the Table community dinner, as part of The Chicago Community Trust’s On The Table initiative. This year’s goal was to create a Memo to the Mayor – a real and tangible way to share our ideas about important issues with Chicago’s new mayor Lori Lightfoot and her administration. […]

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May 10, 2019

By PilotLight

Extending the Love: Student-led Love Lunches and More Advocacy Project at Claremont Academy Returns

In January 2019 Pilot Light was a recipient of the Chicago Housing Consulting Services grant and over the past two weeks the grant was put into action as Pilot Light and Claremont Academy extended its Love Lunches and More  Advocacy Project. The $5000 grant extended the student-envisioned Love Lunches Advocacy Project to support homeless families […]

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August 23, 2018

By PilotLight

Chicago Chefs Paul Kahan, Matthias Merges and Jason Hammel cook-off for the Feed Your Mind Gala Auction Winner

On July 28 Pilot Light co-founders Paul Kahan, Matthias Merges and Jason Hammel spent the evening delighting guests as they cooked a private meal for the Feed Your Mind Gala previous year’s auction winner. The chefs rolled-up their sleeves to create a BBQ feast for the winner and guests. Chef Paul Kahan (One Off Hospitality […]

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