Recipe for Success

Celebrating Food Day 2014 with a Kid-Run Farmers Market

by Bettina Elias Siegel on October 28, 2014

I’ve written many times on this blog about Recipe for Success, an innovative Houston-based, “seed-to-plate” educational program that brings gardens and cooking literacy to schools.  I used to be a classroom volunteer for the organization and it was inspiring to see kids tentatively try — and then enthusiastically gobble up — the fresh produce they’d grown themselves. Today I wanted to […]


It feels like too long since we’ve had a book giveaway on The Lunch Tray!  Today I’m  pleased to give TLT readers a chance to win a free copy of a beautiful new children’s book designed to get young readers excited about cooking, eating and trying new fruits and vegetables. Eat It!  Food Adventures with […]


Some Good News from My Own Backyard

by Bettina Elias Siegel on May 23, 2012

The Houston Chronicle had an article yesterday describing some promising children’s health/anti-obesity initiatives going on right here in Houston schools, including Recipe for Success, the “seed to plate” organization for which I volunteer monthly, along with HealthCorps and Activate for Kids.  While these innovative programs unfortunately can’t reach all the kids in our almost 300 […]


Last week I volunteered, as I do every month, with Recipe for Success – a comprehensive “seed to plate” instructional program that brings gardens, cooking, nutrition education and celebrity chefs into local schools.  I don’t always post about my experiences with R4S, but last week’s class was so fun I wanted to share. Instead of […]


My Son Learns to Cook, But Who Is Teaching the Rest of Our Kids?

by Bettina Elias Siegel on August 4, 2011

Lately my nine-year-old son has shown some interest in helping me out in the kitchen, so I recently enrolled him in a five-day cooking class.  On the first day he was reluctant to go but when I picked him up a two hours later he was positively brimming with excitement, eager to tell me (and […]


After a hiatus of several weeks, the third of four episodes of this season’s Jamie Oliver “Food Revolution” aired last Friday night.  As with the first two episodes (links below), I’ll provide a quick recap and my take on the show and then you let me know your thoughts and impressions. The show opened with […]


Making Veggie Pizza with the Kids From “Recipe for Success”

by Bettina Elias Siegel on March 29, 2011

Last week I volunteered (as I do every month) with Recipe for Success, a wonderful “seed to plate” organization that brings school gardens and chefs to schools. Along with celebrity chef Monica Pope, RFS Director of Operations Molly Graham and two other volunteers, our fourth-grade class made veggie pizza using ingredients from the school garden. […]


Deconstructing a “Hot Pocket” To Teach Kids About Nutrition

by Bettina Elias Siegel on February 3, 2011

Last week I volunteered, as I do every month, with a group of fourth grade students at an economically disadvantaged elementary school participating in Houston’s Recipe for Success program. For this lesson, celebrity chef Monica Pope demonstrated for the class in a graphic way some of the ingredients in a processed Hot Pocket.   For […]


Cooking in the Classroom with Recipe for Success

by Bettina Elias Siegel on November 8, 2010

I mentioned in September that I’d signed up to volunteer with the Recipe for Success Foundation, a seed-to-plate educational program that is the largest of its kind in the country.  (Gracie Cavnar, the founder of the organization, guest blogged here a few weeks ago.) Late last month, I had my second chance to cook with […]


TLT Guest Blogger Gracie Cavnar Calls for a Boycott of School Lunch

by Bettina Elias Siegel on October 12, 2010

[Ed. Note:  It’s National School Lunch Week (I’m sure you had that on your calendar), yet we find ourselves with the child nutrition act stalled in Congress and underfunded even if it eventually passes.   To send a message to lawmakers, Recipe for Success founder Gracie Cavnar is calling for a national boycott of the […]