Kids show off their cooking skills at the Taste of Elysian Heights

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Kids line up for a Taste of Elysian Heights | Courtesy Kim Pesenti

Elysian Heights Elementary recently hosted its first-ever Taste of Elysian Heights, with appetizing and healthy snacks prepared by the students themselves.  The event was organized by 2nd grade teacher Sheryl Gallo as part of a hands-on lesson in cooking and nutrition. What was on the menu? School supporter Kim Pesenti provided a few details and photos:

Before serving up a tasty sample of cooked quinoa, kindergartners gave a short presentation on the ancient grain and its Bolivian origins. Third graders prepared a spicy granola mix and sixth graders made a  toasted bruschetta with basil and tomato.  Second graders prepared a classic pico de gallo and, under close supervision by parents and teaching assistants, these seven year olds also learned how to cut tomatoes and onions — real life skills!

“Seeing all of the children at Elysian Heights take ownership of  cooking their healthy recipes was amazing,” said Gallo. “They were excited to make the dishes, share during the process, and talk about what they went through in front of the entire school population. The children were exposed to many new recipes and the discussions were rich and rewarding.”

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Spicy Granola | Courtesy Kim Pesenti

Pico de Gallo | Courtesy Kim Pesenti

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Bruschetta with basil and tomato | Courtesy Kim Pesenti


  1. Great project for kids….hope nobody cut their fingers! Congratulations, Elysian Hts. Elementary!

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