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July 6, 2018

By PilotLight

Pilot Light Awarded U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm to School Grant to Expand Healthy High School Lunch Program

Pilot Light is excited to announce that we are a recipient of a 2018 U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) Farm to School Implementation Grant, which supports programs bringing local foods into schools. Pilot Light was awarded $60,055, which will be used to expand our food education and experience program from […]

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June 12, 2018

By PilotLight

Chicago Teachers and Students Share their Food Advocacy Projects

  As the school year wraps up, Pilot Light joined together with participants of the Pilot Light Institute for Food Education to showcase teachers’ Food Advocacy Projects. Each teacher was tasked with developing student-driven food advocacy projects to teach students to work together toward a common goal that advances wellness in their communities. From community […]

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May 17, 2018

By PilotLight

Sunflower Seed and Herb Dip

Ingredients 2 Cups Sunflower Seeds, Toasted 1 Cup Spinach Leaves ½ Cup Parsley Leaves ¼ Cup Dill Fronds ¼ Cup Olive Oil 1 Cup Water, More If Needed To Start Blending 1 Clove Garlic, Roasted Salt, To Taste Lemon Juice, To Taste ½ Cup Greek Yogurt Directions Place all ingredients except the salt, lemon, and […]

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By PilotLight

On the Table – A conversation and collaboration to drive change

Last Tuesday, May 8, Pilot Light chefs and staff joined together with teachers, parents, students and community members to discuss the current challenges they are facing and ideate on how food education can be a catalyst to create change and drive progress within their communities. School teachers and staff from Ray Elementary school in Hyde […]

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May 11, 2018

By PilotLight

An interview with Pilot Light participant and Golden Apple award winner, Meghan Dolan

Meghan Dolan is a veteran teacher. With 15 years under her belt, she has seen a lot inside and outside the classroom while teaching in Iowa (Dubuque), Missouri (Ferguson) and now Chicago.  Meghan currently resides at John M. Palmer Elementary School in the North Mayfair neighborhood teaching third grade and co-teaching with a special education […]

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April 9, 2018

By PilotLight

Pilot Light receives 2018 Pearson Program Excellence Award from Society of Public Health Education

Pilot Light is thrilled to announce that our flagship program, the Institute for Food Education, received the 2018 Clarence E. Pearson Program Excellence Award from the Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE) on April 5, 2018, in Columbus, Ohio.  The Award, which recognizes outstanding contributions by a program to the practice of health education, is named in honor […]

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March 30, 2018

By PilotLight

Chefs from Piece Pizzeria, Honey Butter Fried Chicken, Lillie’s Q and Hot Doug’s talk food education

The end of March wraps up our fourth annual Piece Pizza Party for Pilot Light, where Piece Brewery and Pizzeria, along with four of our favorite partner chefs, Christine Cikowski and Josh Kulp, Charlie McKenna, and Doug Sohn, have donated 10% of their sales to our food education work in Chicago Public Schools. We sat […]

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March 13, 2018

By PilotLight

Pilot Light Food Standards officially released, igniting food education in Chicago and beyond

  by Hannah Hemperly The Pilot Light Food Education Standards, a multi-year undertaking, were officially released Monday night at avec in Chicago, IL with Pilot Light co-founding chefs Paul Kahan and Matthias Merges leading a lively discussion on the impact of the new Food Education Standards. “Food education is the vehicle that can change our […]

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December 24, 2017

By PilotLight

Spiced Molasses Cookies From Our Kitchen to Yours

Spiced Molasses Cookies Ingredients  1¼ cups all-purpose flour  ½ cup whole wheat flour  1 teaspoon baking soda  1 teaspoon kosher salt  2 teaspoons ground ginger  1½ teaspoons ground cinnamon  ½ teaspoon ground cloves  1½ teaspoons finely ground black pepper, plus more for sprinkling  1 cup (packed) […]

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December 18, 2017

By PilotLight

A Healthy Holiday Recipe from the Pilot Light Chefs

Sweet Potato, Collard Green, Pomegranate, and Sunflower Seed Salad Ingredients: 2 Medium sized sweet potatoes, cut into small pieces 1 Bunch Collard Greens or Curly Kale ¼ Cup Pomegranate Seeds ¼ Cup Sunflower Seeds, Toasted Canola Oil or Olive Oil Salt, to taste Pepper, to taste Apple Cider Vinegar, to taste 1 Tablespoon Yogurt Method: […]

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