September 22nd Guests: Tom Chong, Highland Springs Resort, and Jei Roberts/Mona Beck, Inland Empire Organic Produce Buying Club.
Looking for a great local destination?
Highland Springs Resort provides a wide range of fun family activities, event and conference hosting, romantic getaways, adventure, and delicious organic food cooked to perfection. With just a short beautiful drive to Cherry Valley you can visit a historical destination that even Albert Einstein loved to vacation with his family.
After a fun day filled with activities, you can mosey on over to the Grand Oak Steakhouse and Bar to order lunch or dinner. Get ready for a treat that can only happen when you cook together premium organic ingredients into a freshly cooked meal that offers an experience in every bite. Chefs just walk outside to the organic farm right on the property to pick fresh produce each day, and work with other local organic farmers to procure only the very best ingredients. It has been tradition for the Highland Spring Resort staff to make sure visitors and guests receive the best they can offer. They want you to leave with special memories and a desire to return again soon.
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Do you love organic fruits and vegetables, but are short on time, or not sure where to find them? Maybe you think they are too expensive and cannot fit into your budget. Not a problem since the Inland Empire Organic Produce Buyer Club will come to your rescue. All you have to do is pay ahead, and they use the groups buying power to save you money and find the organic fruits and vegetables for you.
Once every two weeks you will be able to pick up your produce box filled with a wide variety of fresh fruits and vegetables most all organic, and many for local farmers. Jei Roberts and Mona Beck work hard to bring the best quality and variety at a price that anyone can afford. You have two choices for the location to pick up your organic produce box for under $25. There is a one time set up fee of $10 which pays for itself on the first box with shopping time saved. Read more.
If you're looking for a quick pick up in Redlands, California choose the one located at the Farm Artisan Foods restaurant, on State Stree in downtown Redlands from 10:00 to 10:45. Visit their website: http://www.farmartisanfoods.com/
For those that enjoy adventure, fun activities, and expertly prepared organic food, you might want to pick up in Cherry Valley at the Highland Springs Resort/Grand Oak Steakhouse. http://hsresort.com (see guest above). Arrive at 10:00 or a little before, pick up your box, store in cooler, and let the fun begin as you set off to explore all the resort has to offer. Many activities are free or low cost. A beautiful place with an incredible staff and history behind it too. Learn more.
LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- For three years, Chef Mark Baida has fed LAUSD children at his Tasters Café, taste testing foods a bit foreign to them, yet providing vital feedback, as only the most popular items make it on the school menu.
"Accumulating the data, talking to the customers, seeing what sparks what doesn't spark, and where I can push the limits a little bit," Baida said.
"We've been eating the same thing since elementary, so to have a new menu is like, it's exciting," said Marleene Reyes, a junior at Esteban E. Torres High School.
The new healthy meals is a big a part of "I'm In," a new LAUSD program raising awareness on obesity, exercise and school attendance.
"The pledge is to do the right thing. Character building, as well as getting in school, staying in school and graduating," David Binkle, LAUSD deputy director of food service.
Baida's menu exceeds USDA dietary guidelines. Foods are low in fat, calories, sodium, with nothing canned or frozen.
It's pretty creative stuff when you realize a school meal costs under $1, and they feed 650,000 children daily.
Other new favorites on the menu include Ancho chile chicken with yakisoba noodles, Pad Thai, posole and roasted vegetable tamales with no lard or chicken fat. Through his prodding and their input, he's expanded their culinary culture.
"We're breaking through with over 60 items to this menu right now, and everything is new," Baida said.
The five-year campaign is supported by a portion of a government grant and a handful of food manufacturers making costs more efficient by using ad dollars to promote "I'm In" in retail stores.
There is also collateral for kids like T-shirts and trading cards, and backpack stuffers for parents as well.
"We'll start to see in October billboards, bus stop advertising, and it really is a focus of trying to make sure the community understands that we're all in," Binkle said.
The program starts with food service but will expand into other areas of school. They ultimately want kids to say, "I'm in for healthy eating," "I'm in for exercise," and the big one, "I'm in for graduation."