Last Thursday, October 23rd, during school lunch, the P.S. 32 school cafeteria transformed into a hip and welcoming kids’ cafe for its Garden to Cafe Day. Kindergarten though fifth grade students enthusiastically sampled appetizers and deserts made with local Farmer’s Market produce and fresh ingredients harvested right out of our own P.S. 32 garden! Guest Chef Peter Forte from the Garden to Cafe Program and owner of popular Forte Cafe in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, spent the morning at our school preparing these creative and delicious appetizers of spaghetti squash salsa and apple cinnamon deserts for our students. A cafe bar, peppered with sugar pumpkins, beautiful seasonal flowers and whimsical-looking gourds, was set up by P.S. 32 parent Dr. Sarah Gundle and her team of parent volunteers, with samples of the appetizers and desserts layered and ready for a mass student taste-testing. Parent volunteers offered each child the samples of the healthy treats and collectively served hundreds of students during their successive lunch periods. A huge number of students asked for seconds, and one very young student made it a point to compliment and thank the chef! It was an exciting day for everyone involved.
Our next Garden to Cafe Day will take place in the spring. Garden to Cafe Day helps students become familiar with a variety of fresh vegetables, and with local food systems like P.S. 32’s garden. Students also experience how these foods can be both good for you and extremely delicious.
Forte Cafe is only a few blocks away from the Brooklyn Botanical Garden and Brooklyn Museum and offers an authentic menu and atmosphere to match. Chef Peter was kind enough to share his recipes with the P.S. 32 community. Continue reading