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Thank You 2010 Partners!

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Our FamilyCook Team extends our heartfelt gratitude to all our program partners for the many successes you helped us to 'cook up' over the past year.   There were extraordinary programs and events in 16 states -- all made possible by you.  Our program partners, sponsors and advocates keep us sharp, innovating and motivated about the difference in community health that we can make together.  Here is a shout-out and salute to these valued collaborators:

HealthCorps for making our new Leadership Toolkits possible,  for rolling out Teen Battle Chef into all 42 of their high schools in 12 states, and for bringing the Festival to the Highway to Health Youth Festival and Forum last spring!

Whole Foods Market for hosting fabulous Teen Battle Chef Showdowns in four of their beautiful stores in NYC and NJ and making our teens feel like celebrity chefs!

Robin Quivers and 15 Foundation for running the NYC Marathon to raise funds on to support expansion of our Teen Battle Chef  Summer Leadership Brigade—what an incredible gift to be represented by such a dynamic role model!

Grow NYC Youth Markets, The Sylvia Center, Northern Spy, Jimmy’s 43, Candle Café, Slow Food, New York Restoration Project for taking on Teen Battle Chef Leadership Brigade summer interns for our innaugeral internship program and giving our teens such valuable opportunities to contribute to the Good Food Movement in NYC.  You are helping us to raise the next generation of sustainable food professionals.

Circulon for being our generous national sponsor and donating their fine cookware to all of our Teen Battle Chef programs.  You make cooking more accessible to teen nationwide!

Montefiore School Health for taking the leap and partnering to put on the Highway to Health Youth Festival and Forum last Spring as well as bringing Teen Battle Chef to eight of their high school health programs.  You are the cutting edge of school-based health promotion.

The Baum Forum for inspiring programing and being the diving force behind the Forum aspect of Highway to Health Youth Festival and Forum that touched hundred and enlivened the Bronx with revolutionary youth-driven content!

The Farmington Valley Heath District, and especially Todd Christopher, for opening new roads to health in Connecticut with mixed age cooking and youth empowerment, running exemplary Teen Battle Chef and the Dinner Party programs -- expanding in one-year to 5 high schools in 5 towns, plus special events  - amazing!

Spoutwood Farm Center for piloting Teen Battle Chef and our new nutrition lessons on a working farm and CSA as well as being a hub for new FamilyCook programs in Maryland and Pennsylvania.

Urban Assembly of Music and Art for piloting and co-creating the new Leadership Toolkits and hosting the second annual Teen Battle Chef Invitationalthanks for all the effort that goes into this stellar event.

Albert Einstein College of Medicine for being our unflappable research partners and strategiests, making it possible for us to evaluate the effectiveness of our programs and share our findings.

United Productions Company and Jimmy Ienner Jr for collaborating on fabulous FamilyCook video productions this year for projects and our Teen Battle Chef Toolkits! Jimmy's eye for visual detail and elegance brings professionalism to our multi-media work!

4 Food for hosting the first of many Teen Battle Chef recipe contests at their flagship store and putting the winning recipe on their menu—our chefs have never been more proud!

Hawthorn Valley Farm for inviting our Teen Battle Chef leaders for special weekends doing farm work, cooking and teaching on a biodynamic farm!  What a singular educational experience for them.

Dianne Vrielmann for being an angel sent from Hamburg! Thanks a million for choosing to spend you holiday volunteering with us—we miss you already!

Rouge Tomate for hosting the Final Battle of the HealthCorps Coordinators summer training.  Using your teaching kitchen and stunning space.  Thank you for showing us what fine dining has to say about cooking sustainably!

Affaire (formerly China1) for hosting our Teen Battle Chefs as they trained to cook with audiences and practiced baking!  It was a privilege to work in such a unique, classically New York restaurant space.

The Earth Friends of Teachers College for making available to us their beautifully renovated teaching kitchen for our educator training sessions!

Partners Sylvia Center & Jimmy's 43 for providing on-going paid jobs for our most accomplished NYC Teen Battle Chefs this fall!

The Institute for Culinary Education for hosting a grand day of HealthCorps Coordinator Summer culinary training and feasting in your spotless teaching kitchens.  Your patience and helpfulness were boundless!