For Immediate Release - March 2017

Manhattan House restaurant’s March menu
featuring Broccolini Spaghetti created by
Junior Chefs from Robinson Elementary School

Students grew ingredients in school garden that inspired the dish
they 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 Robinson Elementary School in Manhattan Beach and featuring ingredients grown by the students in the school's Growing Great community garden. For the month of March diners at Manhattan House can enjoy the homemade "Robinson Rolling Riptides" Broccolini Spaghetti with MH house-cured bacon, garlic, herbs and parmesan. The students grew broccoli and parsley in the Robinson school garden.

Robinson Elementary School Principal John Jackson commented that "Our 5th grade team and myself are so excited about going [to] dinner to experience the Spaghetti our 5th grade junior chefs have cooked up.  We are always so appreciative when our students get real world experiences such as this.   Thank you to the Manhattan House staff and the Growing Great team for having this type of program which gets our students excited about cooking, eating right, and using locally grown food."

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 (GrowingGreat.org). 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. In February, it was Grand View Elementary School. The Junior Chef’s from Pennekamp Elementary School will feature a dish 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 info@manhattanhouse.pub.

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 info@manhattanhouse.pub.