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News from TasteWise Kids & Days of Taste Maryland
Issue 2, June/July 2016

Today's Special : What's New

Happy Summer! We have been very busy these past few months running Days of Taste in the schools for over 2,760 students and continuing to add to our TasteWise Kids Board of Directors. In addition, a few recent highlights:

  • We are almost ready to reveal our new TasteWise Kids logo. We have been working with the talented and generous folks at Glyph, who kindly donated their time and talents to help us create a logo that reflects what TasteWise Kids is all about. Stay tuned for our next issue of Tasting Notes to see the winning logo.
  • We now have our volunteer application/sign up form online! If you are interested in volunteering with Days of Taste in the schools or getting involved with TasteWise Kids in another way, we are always looking for volunteers. Just fill out our quick form and we’ll get back to you.
  • Check out the recent article about Days of Taste in The Baltimore Sun.
Main Courses: Days of Taste Program Update

Days of Taste Spring 2016 capped another very successful year. During 2015/2016 school year, over 2700 students in 35 elementary schools in Baltimore City and Baltimore, Howard and Harford Counties participated in the program. Enormous thanks goes to the 25 Chefs who generously gave their time and food, the 9 farms that shared their greenhouses, fields and packing sheds, and the dozens of volunteers who helped to make Days of Taste happen! For a list of all participating schools, chefs and farms, go to

We continued to expand the "take-home salad kit" initiative to help students demonstrate at home what they learned during Days of Taste. This Spring, students at 14 schools went home after Day 3 of Days of Taste with ingredients for salad and dressing for four people, to prepare salads with their family. The kids loved showing their parents what they learned in school with “their Chef”, and the parents were amazed to see their kids eating – and enjoying!! – salad. Photos of students’ culinary creations are posted on the TasteWise Kids website

As every year, there are always a few special highlights to recall. The students graduating West Friendship Elementary said that Days of Taste was their favorite part of their entire elementary school experience! Many students who were amazed they liked salad – without Ranch dressing. And everyone fell in love with the baby piglets at Myrtle Woods Farm, born the week before the Days of Taste visits.
Dining Out : Upcoming Events

Planning Farm to Chef Maryland 2016 is well underway! Save the Date: The culinary event of the year is happening on Monday, September 26th, and will once again be held in the spectacular Roundhouse of the B&O Railroad Museum. We are busily securing an outstanding lineup of Maryland’s most talented chefs, farms, and beverage providers that will create locally-focused culinary magic for you and your friends. Tickets are ON SALE NOW and this event almost always sells out. Do your future self a favor and secure your tickets now.

Farm to Chef Maryland would not be possible without the generous support of our event sponsors. We are thrilled to announce the first two local companies to that have committed as sponsors for our event. Thank you, Trohv and Chesapeake Farm to Table! If your company or organization is interested in becoming a Farm to Chef Maryland sponsor, please contact us


In the kitchen with...

This issue’s profile is on Sandy Lawler, who has been a volunteer chef with Days of Taste for many years. She has also been on the planning committee for our annual fundraiser, Farm to Chef Maryland, and this year will be an official judge at the event.

What is your job/how are you involved in the food scene in Baltimore?
From a chef in my former life, I transitioned to the Baltimore Farmers’ Market, and Food & Beverage Manager for the Baltimore Office of Promotion and Arts. I’ve learned so much from wonderful farmers, while working at the Farmers’ Market and worked with some of our city’s great chefs to help educate the public about easily prepared, in-season, local foods with cooking demonstrations. I have also had the opportunity to incorporate our local restaurants into all of our events in a more food-focused, Maryland manner.

In your opinion, what makes Days of Taste and TasteWise Kids so special?
Educating children about where food comes from, exposure to different tastes, creating food, and taking them to farms is magical.

What is your favorite vegetable?
Onion… it’s all purpose… raw, sautéed, fried, caramelized…

If you could travel to any city in the world for a “food trip” where would you go?
Any place with great Markets near an ocean… Aix en Provence.

What is your favorite thing to cook at home?
A sort of Portuguese-Basque Fish Stew

When you ask the bartender for “the usual” what is it?
A nice Red Rhone

What is a favorite food related memory from your childhood?
Being around 4 years old and sniffing the counter like a puppy and my mom feeding me gorgonzola saying “it’s so stinky and yummy”

What are 2 or 3 things that are always in your refrigerator?
Olives, Capers, Dijon Mustard

Chew on This

A hot topic both locally and nationally right now is “food deserts”. Do you know what this term means? A food desert, as defined by USDA, is a neighborhood or area that lacks access to healthy food sources, often determined by distance to grocery stores or other sources of healthy, fresh foods.

1 in 4 Baltimore City residents live in areas defined as food deserts (approximately 155,311 people). Children are affected disproportionately, with 30% of all school age children in the City living in food deserts (data from Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future).

Many in the city, starting with Mayor Rawlings-Blake, are working to improve food access for all City residents. TasteWise Kids is also involved through our participation in the city’s Food Policy Action Coalition. To get involved or learn more about these initiatives, check out the Baltimore Food Policy Initiative

Learn more about food deserts in Baltimore - see the just released report mapping Baltimore and the interactive Baltimore food systems map.

Food for Thought
From The Washington Post
For some growers, farmers markets just aren't what they used to be
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