eat·i·quette noun \ˈee-ti-kət, -ˌket\ a school lunch program implemented in select Philadelphia schools that uses fresh healthy food, family style dining, and other principles to improve the lives of children.
The Independence Blue Cross Foundation just announced the five schools that will be first to launch their new Healthy Futures initiative to decrease childhood obesity. Thanks to our wonderful partnership with IBX, hundreds more kids across the region will get to experience Eatiquette this fall!
The Vetri Foundation is a co-beneficiary of FUEL the CURE's Winter Gala on Sat., December 14th from 8pm – 1 am at the Hyatt at the Bellevue Ballroom. Join 750 like-minded individuals to celebrate an evening dedicated to a great cause. Enjoy music, dancing, a 5-hour open bar, food stations, a silent auction and more! Purchase tickets here or click learn more for details!
1 large eggplant
1/2 cup breadcrumbs, preferably whole wheat
1 teaspoon italian seasoning (or a combination of dried thyme, basil, oregano, rosemary, and/or marjoram)
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
Salt and pepper to taste
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
Cut the eggplant into fry-shaped strips.
Combine the breadcrumbs and seasonings in a dish.
Beat the eggs in a separate bowl.
Dip the eggplant strips first into the eggs and then into the breadcrumb mixture to coat (this is a great stage to have kids help out!).
Place the strips (not touching) on a wire rack on a baking sheet or on a lightly oiled baking sheet. Bake about 7 to 10 minutes or until golden brown.
Makes a great side to any meal - not to mention a great introduction to a sometimes scary vegetable!
Friday September 6th, 2013, 6:00pm - 12:00pm
Pizzeria Vetri, 1939 Callowhill Street
Welcome to the newest addition to the Vetri Family: Pizzeria Vetri! Join the fam for our first official pizza party on Friday, September 6. No reservations...just come hang, eat pizza and support the Vetri Foundation for Children!
Remember: you'll double your donation by making your contribution alongside your bill. Marc Vetri and Jeff Benjamin will match any restaurant-made donation, Pizzeria included.
Chef Maria Sama is Food Service Coordinator at Community Partnership School, an innovative elementary school in North Philadelphia. She brings her cooking prowess and teaching talents to the K-5 students at CPS every Friday through Eatiquette, and we’re happy to share her expertise from the front line:
Maria learned the cooking craft from her Italian mother who was an excellent home chef. Growing up, she was always helping out in the kitchen! She realized her passion early, and at the young age of 16 began helping her neighbor with a take-out lunch business.
Then she got serious about cooking. Maria attended culinary school and worked many jobs in many kitchens early on in her career. She explored every kind of cuisine she could, working with different chefs boasting diverse styles.
Eventually, Maria’s career became even more fruitful when she met her husband on the job. Together, they opened two restaurants: one in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania and the other in Boston, Massachusetts. Maria spent 18 years that she is very proud of – and rightfully so! – working at her last position as Head of Purchasing and Production for an upscale caterer.
And then she found CPS and the Vetri Foundation!
Chef Maria loves getting the students at CPS excited about healthy eating. Working with kids in kindergarten through grade five, she takes advantage of their young age and open minds. Maria encourages them to try the food…see how it looks, smells, feels, tastes, swallows…see what they think – and maybe try it again!
Maria is more than just a chef – she’s a teacher too. She knows how much her students love visuals and tactile participation, so she makes sure to show kids the food they’re about to eat in its raw state, like they would see in the store or market. Ginger root, fresh herbs, brown rice, and even kitchen tools!
Each day before their Eatiquette lunch Chef Maria tells the children the what, how, and why of what they’re about to eat. No longer is lunch a mystery meal…with Eatiquette at CPS, the lunchroom is an exploratory adventure where kids learn about new, healthy foods, how they’re prepared, and, most importantly, how good they feel eating them!
Maria wouldn’t hesitate to recommend cooking as a career. You have to work hard, but it pays off. You can work anywhere in the world and do what you love!MORE >
The Vetri Foundation is front page news!
Independence Blue Cross Foundation announced the five area schools that will start this year as part of their Healthy Futures initiative to increase wellness and decrease childhood obesity for the upcoming school year.
As a Healthy Futures partner, that means that Eatiquette is poised to double its impact, reaching hundreds more children in the Greater Philadelphia Region each and every day.MORE >
An Intern’s Perspective: Eatiquette
Read on for our intern Katherine's perspective on Eatiquette in the lunchroom! LEARN MORE >
Five or ten minutes before lunch at each of our Eatiquette partner schools, table captains arrive. LEARN MORE >
Food Can...Empower Children, Food Can...Create Community, Food Can...Inspire Change
The Vetri Foundation for Children helps kids experience the connection between eating well and feeling good. Through food, education and social interaction, we give children the nutritional foundation they need to grow and thrive.
Together with our partners we have served 264,898 healthy, family style meals.