DELICIOUS NUTRITIOUS ADVENTURES
Since 2011, Purple Asparagus’ award-winning flagship program, Delicious Nutritious Adventures, has brought healthy foods to life for tens of thousands of elementary school children in Chicagoland schools.
Delicious Nutritious Adventures take place each month in the classroom during the school day and are taught by trained staff and volunteers. With each lesson, students explore a new healthy ingredient by learning about it, tasting it and “cooking” with it.
Purple Asparagus builds a bridge between the classroom and the home kitchen
Students take home recipes to their families after each lesson and each student receives a Purple Asparagus cookbook at the end of the program. Each school receiving the Delicious Nutritious Adventures program also has the opportunity to host a Family Cooking Program to introduce parents and caregivers to the Purple Asparagus approach to healthy eating while giving them an opportunity to sample Purple Asparagus recipes.
FAMILY COOKING PROGRAMS
Family Cooking Programs are offered as a supplement to our Delicious Nutritious Adventures in the classroom, helping to build a bridge between the classroom and the home kitchen. Family Cooking Programs help to introduce parents and caregivers to the Purple Asparagus approach to healthy eating while giving them an opportunity to sample Purple Asparagus recipes.
IN THE COMMUNITY:
Our Family Cooking Programs are offered to the community as both one-time lessons and multi-lesson series. Delicious Nutritious Adventures lessons and recipes are adapted to be engaging for both kids and adults, and to help families engage in the exciting world of fruits and vegetables together in a way that is meaningful and fun.
Family Cooking Programs are offered year-round for community/private groups and can be adapted to meet the specific needs of your group.
If you are interested in hosting a Family Cooking Program for your group, please contact our Adventure Spear, Rachael Morkunas for more information.
Healthy-eating education does not stop at the classroom door.
Over the years, Purple Asparagus has engaged tens of thousands of kids, adults and families through health fairs, farmers markets, special classes and other community events, including the Good Food Expo, Epicurious Entertains Chicago, Chicago Kids Day, and many more.
In collaboration with several community-based health and social justice partners, Purple Asparagus seeks to improve the health of all of Chicago’s children and provides programming to groups large and small, regardless of race, religion, color, location, ability, access and/or means.
If you are interested in bringing Purple Asparagus to your next community event, please contact our Adventure Spear, Rachael Morkunas for more information.
Exploring the world of fruits and vegetables with Purple Asparagus doesn’t end with the school year. We can partner with your community summer camps and youth programs to provide a one-time Purple Asparagus program or a series of regular programs with learning and fun customized to your age group and ability.
WORKSHOPS & TALKS
Purple Asparagus’ team of super Spears have years of professional and personal experience helping kids, adults and families learn more about the importance of eating fruits and vegetables every day. In addition, as professional executives, food lovers and active philanthropists, our team has skills and experiences in a myriad of areas that we are happy to share with our community.
If you would like to bring a member of the Purple Asparagus team as a speaker or activity leader to your next luncheon, event, training and/or workshop, please contact our Deputy Spear, Connor O’Laughin for more information.
Try our Delicious Nutritious Recipes at home!
Our Delicious Nutritious Adventures program fights obesity, promotes heart health, and decreases the risk for type 2 diabetes by teaching kids the importance of eating fruits and vegetables in a way that is fun and memorable.
Our Little Spears then in turn inspire their families to explore new foods by preparing our delicious and nutritious recipes at home.
Purple Asparagus isn’t just helping local kids and families today…
we are building a future of healthy and adventurous eaters for a lifetime.
After an exciting year of
Delicious Nutritious Adventures
in the classroom…
Who We Served…
in 17 Schools and 22 Communities across Chicagoland.
What We Ate…
19 pints of blueberries
74 bags of carrots
50 heads of romaine lettuce
Learn more about the efficacy of our programs by reading Outlier Research & Evaluation at UChicago STEM Education, University of Chicago’s summary of their evaluation of our program. Click here.
There are lots of ways you can help to educate children, families and the community about eating that’s good for the body and the planet.
Every financial gift is important to us.
Whether it’s a one-time contribution or a monthly sustaining gift, every dollar will help us reach more kids and their families.
Giving your time and talent to help kids and families in Chicago learn about the importance of eating fruits and vegetables every day will have a lasting impact on the future.
Do you have an adventurous spirit, a love of eating healthy fruits and vegetables, and a passion for serving our community?
Join our team!