I wrote about our partnership with SF nonprofit Nextcourse last month after I visited the Mission High Culinary Leaders group and did some group pickle blogging. Well the Nextcourse students have been very busy, and this Saturday they’ll throw their biggest event of the year.
They’ve partnered with Off the Grid to produce the 2nd annual “Veggie Fiesta” this Saturday, May 14th. This free, family‐friendly event will transform Dolores Street between 17th and 18th into a food truck court from 11:00am to 3:00pm. You’ll be able to choose from several of the city’s most popular food trucks, which will feature signature, vegetable‐inspired menu items that showcase the best of the Bay Area’s spring produce. A portion of the food truck sales will be donated to the nutrition education program at Mission High.
In additon to the special menu items for sale at the food carts, visitors will be able to purchase a special treat that Mission High School’s Culinary Leadership Team developed as part of their nutriton education program (we’ve helped them get their hands on the raw ingredients but I’m not telling you what the treat is!), with all proceeds going towards the nutrition program. The Fiesta will also feature games and a raffle for prizes including a butchering class from 4505 Meats, a 3‐day “romance package” in New Orleans, and two round‐trip Virgin America airline tickets to anywhere in the United States.
Nextcourse, a San Francisco nonprofit that teaches sustainable food education and cooking to lower income groups, has been teaching nutrition and cooking classes at Mission High for the past five years. The “Eat UR Veggies” project introduces students to cooking with local, seasonal, fresh foods, and recruits participants with a passion for food to the culinary leadership team. The team teaches their peers about healthy eating, while learning about the culinary industry through hands‐on experiences with local food businesses.
The students involved in the program are a truly special group (I speak from the experience of working with them in the classroom and serving their peers a feast today at Mission High’s Cinco de Mayo lunch fiesta) so I encourage you to make the Mission High parking lot a stop on your Saturday stroll!