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Bistro Kids: Bringing healthy, local food to school lunches

Posted in Bistro Kids with tags , , , , , , , , on May 13, 2014 by bistrokids

An interview with Bistro Kids founder Kiersten Firquain


Bistro kidsWhen she saw the “convenient junk food” her son, Kiersten Firquain did more than start packing a bag for him. She launched a whole farm-to-school program called Bistro Kids to revamp how students eat, including menus that focus on fresh, local foods; visits from farmers; cooking lessons and school gardens. It serves 5,000 meals a day in Kansas City and St. Louis area schools and 6,000 snacks a day in YMCA after-school programs.

“I remember when the lunch ladies made everything from scratch, and my goal is to get that back,” she said in a recent interview with The Hartman Group.

She’s not alone. Choicelunch, Revolution Foods and a host of other programs are working to improve school lunches and, in the process, people’s health and lives.

They are working to undo the repercussions of a generation of children brought up during a revolution in food culture. Children today are raised both at home and in public schools to be mindful of the ingredients in foods, differences between food types (e.g., organic vs. conventional, fresh and local) and the benefits of diet and exercise.

Bistro Kids has been so successful that some children from the program, which started in 2006, have gone on to culinary school and come back to work as chefs for the program. In 2011, Bistro Kids was bought by Treat America, an acquisition that means additional resources and talent.


Cultivating Diversity, Freedom and Hope’ with Dr. Vandana Shiva

Posted in Bistro Kids with tags , , , , , , on April 10, 2014 by bistrokids

Cultivating Diversity, Freedom and Hope’ with Dr. Vandana Shiva

Thursday, April 17th, 7:00 PM, Unity on the Plaza

Dr. Vandana Shiva is a physicist, ecologist, activist and author who is changing the way the world thinks about food, agriculture and sustainability.

Her lecture, “Cultivating Diversity, Freedom and Hope,” will address the value of diversity in nature and in society, as well how the monoculture of the mind can destroy that diversity at every level. She will share what is happening to seed and food, and how ‘Gardens Of Hope’ protect Seed Freedom and Food Democracy.

Her message of local ownership and self-sufficiency in the production and distribution of food offers a powerful case for the development of urban and local food systems that we’ve seen in Kansas City over the last ten years; her deep understanding of sustainability challenges us to keep reaching across sectors, disciplines, and communities as we grow our regional food system.

Hosted by: Cultivate Kansas City, UMKC’s Environmental Studies Program and Department of Architecture, Urban Planning + Design.

Major Harvest Sponsor: Chipotle Mexican Grill.

New Bean Recipes from the CIA

Posted in Bistro Kids with tags , , , , , , , on December 12, 2013 by bistrokids

Introducing “The World Bean Kitchen,” The Culinary Institute of America’s online program features an exciting new video series with bean recipes developed specially for school foodservice. Presented in high definition streaming video, the new videos are now online at

The new series includes this recipe for Vegetarian Three-Bean Chili:

Vegetarian Three-Bean Chili

The program introduces some creative new recipes developed by CIA Chef Scott Samuel that will help give school foodservice professionals some fresh and delicious ideas. Other recipes in the program include: •Kidney Bean and Brown Rice Salad with Roasted Red Peppers, Fuji Apples, and Sherry Vinaigrette
•Spicy Black Bean and Chicken Tostadas with Avocado
•White Bean, Kale, and Sausage Soup with Basil Pesto
•Black Bean, Brown Rice, Jalapeño Jack Cheese Burrito with Salsa Verde
Watch and learn as Chef Scott Samuel prepares these and many other recipes!

Kansas City Academy Open House

Posted in Bistro Kids with tags , , , , , , on November 4, 2013 by bistrokids


Watch a video on Kansas City Academy

Kansas City Academy goes well beyond traditional education. Come join us for a tour and see how we are doing something different!

Bring your students to learn more about

Kansas City Academy’s Expeditionary Learning

middle school and high school, tour the school

and meet the staff.

– Small classes!

– Individualized learning!

– Art – Music – Theatre!

– Farm-to-Table healthy lunches!

Saturday November 9, 10am – noon

For more Open House Information

For directions to Kansas City Academy

Share the News. Invite a new family!

Kansas City Academy

7933 Main St, KCMO 64114


School Lunch Makeover

Posted in Bistro Kids with tags , , , , , , , , on September 3, 2013 by bistrokids



Vegetable Farm Tour – April 16th, Osceola Mo. Don’t miss out

Posted in Bistro Kids with tags , , , , , , on March 29, 2013 by bistrokids

The Missouri Vegetable Growers Association and University of Missouri Extension are sponsoring a vegetable farm tour to be held on Tuesday, April 16.  The tour leaves from Osceola Cheese (north of Osceola at 3700 NE Hwy. 13) promptly at 8:15 a.m. If carpooling, park NE of store.  Osceola is halfway between Kansas City and Springfield on Highway 13.

8:30 to 10:30 a.m.-Bear Creek Farms, Jim & Robbins Hail
Bear Creek Farms near Osceola, MO grows 15 acres of certified organic produce. Our markets include the Whole Foods Markets in Kansas City, Door to Door Organics, and The Root Cellar in Columbia. This year we are also planning at being at the Farmers’ Market of the Ozarks in Springfield. We sell garden transplants, fruit plants and vegetables.

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.-Evening Shade Farms, Cindy Parker
Our family has lived on this farm, located just south of where the Ozarks meet the plains, for more than 30 years. Our sole purpose is to provide skin care products that truly nourish your skin. Our products literally start from the ground up – handmade, hand cleaned, hand packaged – all right here on the farm.

Bring your own lunch, drinks provided.

1:15 to 2:15 p.m.-Wild Goose Gardens, Ethan Jones
Wild Goose Gardens is a small flower farm outside Osceola, MO on the foothills of the Ozark Mountains. We grow a wide variety of flowering plants-both annuals and perennials, shrubs, flowering trees and some bog plants for florists in the Kansas City and Springfield markets. We cultivate approximately 1.5 acres of open fields as well six hoop houses and in many permanent beds.

2:30 to 4:30 p.m.-Green Gate Farm, Ken & Katie Barber
We started farming in 2010, and in July 2013 we will be certified organic, which is part of the way we look after the land we farm and live on. The farm is balanced between intensive vegetable and fruit production, woodland, pasture for livestock and poultry, and protected steam. 2013 will be the first year farming in our newly constructed 2800 sq ft high tunnel. We produce heritage turkeys, chicken, duck, and goose eggs, and sustainably produced vegetables and fruit.

Call Robbins Hail at 417-282-5894 or Pat Miller at 417-448-2560 for more information.

edible Kansas City To Be Released on April 15

Posted in Bistro Kids with tags , , , , , on February 21, 2013 by bistrokids
New quarterly magazine will celebrate the local food scene, producers and artisans of Johnson, Wyandotte and surrounding Counties in Kansas; Platte, Clay, Cass, Jackson and surrounding Counties in Missouri.
On April 15, 2013, Missouri and Kansas “locavores” will have a magazine to call their own. Brimming with engaging stories, mouth-watering recipes and enticing photography, Edible Kansas City will celebrate the diverse foods and delicious cultures of the Greater Kansas City metro area.  The quarterly magazine will be available at grocery stores, newsstands, farmers markets and restaurants in and around Kansas City.
“We are so excited to be able to provide a forum for the stories of our region’s rich food traditions and the people who are preserving and expanding upon those traditions today,” say Edible Kansas City Publishers Tracey Russell and Tamara Marler.“Folks love to eat good food, and, more and more, they want to know where that food comes from. Edible Kansas City will help foster that knowledge and build connections within our local food community.”
In the pages of Edible Kansas City, readers will meet local farmers, foragers, vintners, brewers and artisans; visit the kitchens of their favorite regional chefs, find updates on policies affecting local food production and discover new recipes for each season’s freshest ingredients.
Russell and Marler, gardening fanatics and food lovers, are passionate about the mission of promoting locally sourced food and flavors. The diversity of Kansas City and surrounding counties is what makes this region so wonderful and delicious!
Edible Kansas City is part of the growing and leading network of Edible Communities magazines.
Limited advertising space is still available for the Spring issue.  Contact sales@ediblekansascity for more information.
For more information, go to,, follow us on twitter @edible_KC
Our distribution locations will be available closer to our April 2013 launch date, on our website and on facebook so please check back! Subscriptions are also available now!