I had the great pleasure of spending some time at the exquisite Blue Hill at Stone Barns today.

The occasion was a Frigidaire sponsored event with actress/mom/philanthropist Jennifer Garner to kick off the Kids’ Cooking Academy Summer Session campaign in support of Save the Children.

Mark Shriver (Save the Children’s Senior Vice President of U.S. Programs), Marty O’Gorman (General Manager of Frigidaire), Jennifer Garner, and Adam Kaye (Chef/Kitchen Director at Blue Hill)

The day started with a farm tour which I sadly missed due to a scheduling mishap. Fortunately, I had a great travel companion in Katja, so this meant a little more time getting to know her. She’s awesome and doesn’t live too far away from me; I hope I get to see her again soon.

When we did finally arrive at Blue Hill and hooked up with the rest of the group, there was a cooking demo by Adam with Jennifer…

…then the kids in attendance (not mine: they had to go to school today!) got to make three dishes with farm fresh ingredients.

Jennifer was lovely and gracious (just like the last time I met her), and took the time to visit with each child as they prepared their food…

The quick baked zucchini and the salad with edible flowers seemed to go over pretty well with the kids, but their favorite was definitely the macerated strawberries with almonds, honey, and yogurt.

strawberries in yogurt

After the cooking session, we had a beautiful and healthy lunch (served on compostable plates)…

…where I was able to spend some more time with Katja and Kate. I met Kate at the last Frigidaire event and absolutely LOVE her blog. If you aren’t familiar with it, please go NOW. Her recipes are delectable and her photography is amazing.

For dessert, I got to have one of the strawberry and yogurt treats for myself (ps I’ll post a version of these on the blog soon- hopefully tomorrow- they are so easy and so so good).

I love how they served them in Weck jars, and I went ahead and ordered some of these jars for myself as soon as I got home.

To help give more children access to fresh foods, Frigidaire has partnered with Gowalla, the social media guide for people on the go. When users check in at their local Farmer’s Markets via the app, Frigidaire will make a $1 donation to Save the Children, as part of their $500,000 commitment to the cause. People can also make a commitment to eat fresh at here to trigger a donation (plus, they’ll be automatically entered for a chance to win a new Frigidaire Gallery® French Door Refrigerator).

My participation in Frigidaire Kids’ Cooking Academy Summer Session was sponsored by Frigidaire who provided me with travel arrangements to and from Westchester County, NY.

 

10 Comments

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    Amanda — June 9, 2011 @ 4:09 pm

    I love how the kids are completly oblivious to the fact that they are dealing with a “star” So many adults would be gwaking. Beautiful pictures. That farm looks amazing.

    • Winnie replied: — June 10th, 2011 @ 5:53 am

      Despite how famous she is, JG is very sweet. Especially to the kids… It’s so nice to see. Yes, the farm is incredible. I already want to go back!

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    kerry — June 9, 2011 @ 5:30 pm

    What a fun day. Also: and this is not the point–I’m so glad to hear that Jen Garner was nice. That’s the vibe I get from her and good to have you confirm it.

    • Winnie replied: — June 10th, 2011 @ 5:55 am

      She’s really nice Kerry. Did you know she went to college with Dan? Last time I met her, I mentioned the Denison connection and she spent a couple of minutes talking to me about it…very cool ;)

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    kate — June 9, 2011 @ 7:31 pm

    Thanks Winnie :)
    It was so nice chatting with you today & catching up! Love your post! You are so on top of things…I haven’t even started mine. Of course, it didn’t help that I lost power 3 times today!

    • Winnie replied: — June 10th, 2011 @ 5:57 am

      My kids had stuff going on after school yesterday so as soon as I got home (3pm) I got right to work to get the post done! It was seriously great to spend some time with you Kate and I hope we get to do it again soon.

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    thatshowiroll — June 10, 2011 @ 8:18 am

    What a nice getaway must have been! I also love those Weck jars!

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    Nancy — June 10, 2011 @ 8:29 am

    Such a lovely day! I would love to get up to Stone Barns one of these days…Blue Hill in the city is one of my favorites.

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    Healthy Green Kitchen Strawberries with Honey, Pistachios, and Yogurt — July 19, 2013 @ 2:00 pm

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    Pamela J. Miller — January 29, 2014 @ 7:41 am

    I love the presentation very cool, preparing stuff on the kitchen very nice to look at, I miss doing this…Thanks for sharing!!!