For Immediate Release - February 2017

Manhattan House restaurant’s February menu
featuring Burrata Ravioli created by
Junior Chefs from Grand View Elementary School

Students grew ingredients in school garden and will
cook and plate dish for their parents and friends all month long

Manhattan Beach, CA – Manhattan House restaurant, a seed-to-plate Gastropub in Manhattan Beach, CA is showcasing a special dish designed by the "Junior Chefs" from Grand View Elementary School in Manhattan Beach and featuring ingredients grown by the students in the school's Growing Great community garden. For the month of February diners at Manhattan House can enjoy the homemade Grand View Burrata Ravioli with lemon tree mascarpone and nasturtium pesto. The lemons and nasturtium flowers were both grown in the Grand View school garden.

Grand View Elementary School Principal Nancy Doyle noted that "Chef Diana and Manhattan House are providing an incredible and inspiring opportunity for our young people at Grand View School to experience first hand the ingredients, science, passion, and preparation behind creative and healthy food. The enthusiasm and zest for planting and harvesting the garden, followed by creating a delicious meal to serve at our community restaurant has been simply palatable!"

The Junior Chef program was created by Manhattan House to provide students with hands-on culinary learning to complement the comprehensive nutritional education provided in partnership with Growing Great ( Junior Chefs spend a few hours each month with Manhattan House Executive Chef Diana Stavaridis working in the gardens, talking in the classroom and ultimately cooking in the Manhattan House kitchen.

"Locally grown food tends to be fresher, healthier and grown with sustainable methods that are better for the planet," noted Chef Stavaridis. "Our amazing Junior Chefs will be the next generation of farmers and chefs and our goal is to inspire them to be advocates and stewards for the future of healthy eating. Based on the inspired dishes they are creating, I am very encouraged that our hard work is paying off."

The Junior Chef program is now in its second year and is currently offered at all 5 Manhattan Beach elementary schools. In December, Pacific Elementary School was featured. The Junior Chef's from Robinson Elementary School will feature a dish in March, from Pennekamp Elementary School in April, and from Meadows Elementary School in May.

Feedback from the community for the Junior Chef program has been so enthusiastic that Manhattan House will soon be offering Saturday cooking classes to the Manhattan Beach community. These classes will also focus on the benefits of local, sustainable food and include hands-on cooking instruction from Chef D.

For more information on the Junior Chefs or cooking classes at Manhattan House, please contact the restaurant at

About Manhattan House

Manhattan House is a seed-to-plate Gastropub located in Manhattan Beach, CA that features dishes made from scratch using the freshest seasonal ingredients. In partnership with Growing Great, the restaurant plants seeds and grows produce in local community gardens at all major Manhattan Beach public schools. The gardens supply the restaurant with a seasonal assortment of fresh fruits, herbs and vegetables that are served in the restaurant. Food that is not grown in Manhattan Beach is sourced from local South Bay vendors and purveyors whenever possible. The restaurant also founded the Junior Chef’s program with Growing Great, which takes Executive Chef Diana Stavaridis from the kitchen into local elementary school classrooms to teach children about food, nutrition and healthy eating.

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For more information, contact Richard Drapkin at