Mayor and Council Members Kick Off VegOut! at Houston City Hall

Houston City Council Member Dav12768308_1146413012038368_2766709861255061502_o-3id W. Robinson helped us launch the VegOut! 2016 Challenge as city council members joined in the fun with their first veggie- carrots
At City Hall on Tuesday, March 1st, Mayor Sylvester Turner and Council Member Robinson presented Recipe for Success Foundation with a proclamation declaring the month of March as VegOut! with Recipe for Success Month. Council Member Robinson commended the foundation’s work inspiring Houstonians to eat healthy every day. “Recipe for Success is dedicated to improving the health of Houstonians by changing the way we understand, appreciate, and eat our food,” he noted before inviting his colleagues around the horseshoe to take the VegOut! Challenge.

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Gracie Cavnar, CEO of Recipe for Success, thanked the City for its support and announced that this year’s VegOut! participants can use the new smartphone app  to track their consumption of vegetables.
Join Council Member Robinson and his staff by taking the VegOut! Challenge this year. To participate, download the VegOut app on your smartphone, or visit www.vegoutwithrfs.org.12764689_1146413092038360_1164940072638856063_o-2


A New York Chef’s VegOut! in the Big Apple

Chef Heather Carlucci
Chef Heather Carlucci

We asked award-winning NYC pastry chef Heather Carlucci to share her VegOut! 2015 adventures and her list of favorite VegOut!-friendly Manhattan restaurants. Heather, who serves on our Board of Directors, is also co-founder of Pig Mountain: Pig Roast and Veggie Fest, a charitable feast involving an army of chefs roasting what seems like a whole herd of pigs, plus delectable side dishes, held in upstate New York each August, and she is a member of the James Beard Foundation Board.

Carlucci says she joined our VegOut! Challenge because she wanted to support Recipe for Success Foundation’s effort to bring attention the role that eating produce plays in our overall health. She also says she enjoyed the challenge of cooking specific vegetables at home throughout each week. “I had fun keeping up with the vegetable of the day at home,” says Carlucci.

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Worksite Wellness Spotlight: Houston Food Bank

Staff leaderboard for VegOut! at Houston Food Bank
Staff leaderboard for VegOut! at Houston Food Bank

We are so proud of our enduring partnership with the Houston Food Bank. This dynamic organization feeds 800,000 hungry people each year by distributing food through nearly 600 hunger relief agencies in 18 southeast Texas counties. We share a common goal of nourishing our community and teaching the basics of smart food choices.  No wonder, we got such a huge kick when the folks at the Houston Food Bank enthusiastically joined in our 2015 VegOut! Challenge, encouraging not just their staff, but their volunteers and all their clients to participate, too. While we gear up for VegOut! 2016 at Houston Food Bank, read more about how we knocked it out of the park last year. 
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Announcing VegOut! 2015 Social Media and School Team Winners!

 

Anisha Anand's East Meets Southwest Salad.
Anisha Anand’s East Meets Southwest Salad.

Congrats to our Facebook friends who scored $100 Kroger gift cards for their enthusiastic social media presence throughout the challenge. Winners include Ryan Hawthorne, Debbie Kalis and personal wellness chef Anisha Anand, who posted this great photo of her East meets Southwest Salad with Mango Miso Dressing. Yum!

For our Instagram Amore the Obscure contest, Jenna White won the challenge for fennel; Alma Adams (a teacher at Patterson Elementary) won for jicama; Anna Eastman won for kohlrabi. Both Jenna and Anna won a copy of Healthy Indian Vegetarian Cooking by Shubhra Ramineni. Also for sharing the love via Instagram during Spring Break, Jacinda Wolofoson won a one-year membership to the Children’s Museum of Houston for a posting photo of her son vegging out during Spring Break. Way to go!

Food blogger Francine Spiering won the Hostess with the Mostess prize for her great posts with beautiful photos on the blog Life in the Food Lane,. Check out her posts, such as A week in Vegetables and In my kitchen VegOut 2015. Francine won a fabulous Bumble & Bumble gift basket!

Head of the Class: A total of 17 schools rocked the VegOut! this year.   Continue reading…