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Holiday Giving Project…in gratitude and pictures

This year’s Holiday Giving project is better talked about through pictures and “thank you’s” than too many words.  So here goes: Thank you to more than 75 filled volunteer shifts with the help of the CACF Future Fund, Junior League, QIM, and Charlottesville High School Key Club (and countless new young volunteers) who came together to make spice packets, unload trucks, pack and deliver
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We survived the Ultimate Partner Week

As expected, the Ultimate Partner Week had a life of its own and we haven’t had a chance to report on the close of our week until now. On Wednesday our friends at the Cherry Avenue Boys and Girls Club helped us make 300 baked apple spice packets/ make-at-home kits, on top of Chefs Court and Alicia having normally scheduled cooking classes whipping up
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Ultimate Partner Week…continued.

And so it continues: PB &J’s Ultimate Partner Week… By the close of Tuesday night, we are up to 10 partners. Last night, we partnered with Clark Elementary’s reading night to host a Market to Meal dinner.  Students read and took home Chato’s Kitchen, a creative story about mice sharing cheese quesadillas with their new neighbor…a rather sneaky cat.  So of course, we had
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Let the “ultimate partner week” begin…

The PB &J Fund is lucky.  Really lucky.  We get to work with exceptional kids almost every day of the week.  But we are also lucky because we get to work with exceptional partners every day of the week.  Charlottesville has no shortage of amazing groups– and amazing groups that are always up for collaborating and sharing ideas on how to be more creative
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A picture sure to make you smile…

  And a recipe from this week sure to do the same: Broccoli, Bacon, and Corn Soup


Vegetable Soup and Paninis…it must be fall.

Fall Creative Cooking classes are underway across town thanks to the talents of Chefs Courtenay and Alicia.  I had the pleasure of visiting three of their classes in the last week and cannot stop smiling over the great kids we are getting to work with this fall. All classes were working on knife skills and varying dices with lots of vegetables which were then
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PB &J Fund on Rachael Ray’s Yum-o Website!

Rachael Ray’s amazing Yum-o Website, that “empowers kids and families to develop healthy relationships with food and cooking”, recently decided to highlight The PB &J Fund on their How Cool is That? page. Thanks so much to the Rachael Ray and Yum-o Team!!!!!!  We are very honored!!!!! Check it out here: http://www.yum-o.org/how_cool.php?id=120            


Final Day of Summer Class…a couple of numbers.

After 21 classes taught, 28 new recipes tried and most importantly 26 new and returning smiling friends…today is the last day of our Chef in Training Summer Classes at the Boys and Girls Club. There was undoubtedly an underlying feeling of gratitude in the kitchen this morning as Chef Alicia posed the simple question of “What do we say again when we open the
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Delicious Day at PB &J!

This week’s Chef in Training classes are busy highlighting cucumbers, and doing a great job at it.  This morning at the Boys and Girls Club  we made fresh Tzatziki (sometimes referred to as “Greek Ranch”…) with delicious cucumbers from the Local Food Hub. We had an awesome time creating our Tzatziki sauce, smelling new spices, sauteing our vegetables, grilling our chicken and assembling our new favorite sandwich
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Orzo Restaurant Week

Last night I had the pleasure of eating at Orzo for The Hook’s Restaurant Week.  It was amazing…and that is an understatement. I chose from their extensively tempting menu: the Caprese salad, chicken confit over a corn and zucchini salad and the warm chocolate chip and toasted walnut cookie with gelato. The Caprese salad was served with what appeared to be a triangular slab of
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