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Edi-1Hi! I’m Eddie, the mascot of Edible Education!

 

Our mission is to get kids excited about preparing real food via our cooking classes, enrichment programs, camps, birthday parties, and events. Edible Education LLC is also seeking partnerships with schools and community centers to provide an exciting food preparation based learning experience! 

 

Did you know: CDC studies show that if kids get 50 hours of cooking education before they are 12,  it will change the way they think about food.

Here’s how you and your kids can play:

Real food. Real kids. Real good! Let’s get cooking! — Love, Eddie, Ann + our EdibleEdu Chefs


Contact Us: 

  • Emailinfo@edibleedu.com

  • Phone: (804) 218-7903

  • Visit us at: 13566 Waterford Place, Midlothian, VA 23112


How We Cooked Up Edible Education

A message from Chef Ann ButlerFounder and CEO

On my first day of teaching cooking in a public middle school, I asked the students to raise their hands if they knew how to cook dinner for their family. All hands shot up instantly.

“Wow, this is going to be a breeze! These kids are well-versed in the culinary arts,” I thought.

But upon additional questioning, I learned that “cooking dinner” to them meant ham-and-cheese sandwiches, cold cereal, or (my least favorite) Ramen noodles.

“And where do you enjoy your culinary creations?” I continued to query. They responded with, “In our rooms watching TV, at the sofa watching TV, or in the car on the way to practice.”

And so began my adventure to introduce kids (and adults) to real dinners — the kind with real food and real place settings and real conversation, at an actual table.

 

 

That’s where Edible Education comes in. We are not doctors or gourmet chefs. We use everyday kitchen equipment mixed with a lot of fun and a passion for eating what is good for us (without being all “organic-y” or health-nuts about food) to introduce students to fresh, home-cooked food.

In a society where 35 percent of adolescents are overweight or obese, with an 80 percent chance of becoming obese adults, I knew I had to get more involved in making a difference outside of my school district, and so I started Edible Education.

 

“Don’t worry that children never listen to you. Worry that they are always watching you.” — Robert Fulghum, author of “All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten”

 


 

Here’s what schools and educational organizations are saying about Edible Education!

Michelle McLees, Director, Marketing and Communications, American Heart AssociationMichelle McLees, Director, Marketing and Communications, American Heart Association“Nearly 1 in 3 overweight or obese kids under the age of 18 faces the threat of early heart disease because of their weight. The American Heart Association applauds Edible Education for how much it helps children (and adults) develop healthy eating habits that will bring lifelong benefits. Way to go, Ann Butler!”

maryannMaryann Kaminsky, speech therapist, St. Andrews School: “When I screen new students and re-screen former students, I typically ask if they have a favorite and least favorite food. I have been super impressed this year by the number of responses such as broccoli, blueberries, strawberries, and other healthy foods. This is a significant change from in the past when I would hear only responses such as pizza and hamburgers, etc. I thank Ann Butler’s Edible Education program for making the difference.”