Edible Education’s Kitchen a la cart wins 1st 50k Pitch Contest Finalist in Governor McAuliffe’s Virginia Velocity Tour

1ST50K officials have announced two awardees for the 1ST50K Startup Competition. The competition awards $50,000 in cash and pro-bono support services to innovative startups that agree to locate their companies in Cape Girardeau, Missouri.

Ann Butler from Richmond, Virginia will soon call Cape home to her startup, Edible Education. Ann and her team have taught over 23,000 kids how to cook in her classes. Her vision was to create something scalable that would allow the ability to educate many more. So, she developed the Edible Education Kitchen a la cart, a self contained interactive, mobile culinary cart. The high-tech cart and lesson plans make it fun and easy for educators to help students develop math, reading, and team-building skills via food prep.
“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,” said Butler. 1ST50K will provide her the startup funding and resources to do just that.

“Our team is beyond excited for the next step in our growth in Missouri. I am especially proud as only 5% of all pitch money nationally is awarded to women owned businesses.” Chef Ann
The awardees and other finalists showcased their startups to the community at the first annual Marquette TechFest on July 28th. Pitch day was the next day for the finalists, which included teams from Missouri, Colorado, New York, and Washington D.C. The startups pitched in front of a competition committee that consists of local successful entrepreneurs and established business leaders. Applications came in from countries as far away as Ireland and Australia, with 6 teams selected from over 120 entries.

Edible Education was recently a finalist in Governor McAuliffe’s Virginia Velocity Tour. Ann Butler pitched to a packed house in Charlottesville on September 23, as one of 6 finalists in the Food/Agriculture categories. The Virginia Velocity Tour, a partnership between Village Capital and the Commonwealth of Virginia, was created to provide visibility and seed funding for promising startups throughout Virginia. Held September 19-23, the program highlighted industry sectors of regional strength, from health and biotech to energy, agriculture and security. During the tour, 29 finalists participated in public pitch competitions to panels of local judges for the chance to win $25,000 in equity-free grant funding. Five prizes were awarded, for a statewide total of $125,000.

Saturday, Jan. 16: Edible Education’s “Chopped Junior” stars will be doing a demo at Richmond’s Ellwood Thompson’s

EmilyAnnClaire_EdibleEducationJanuary 1, 2016, Richmond VA — On Saturday, Jan. 16, Edible Education® founder Chef Ann Butler, and her two students who starred on the Jan. 5 episode of Chopped Junior, will be hosting a demo at Richmond’s Ellwood Thompson’s Market.

Emily Waters, who made it to the second round, and Claire Hollingsworth, who took home the grand prize of $10,000, will be preparing their signature dishes, says Chef Ann, who throughout 2016 will be hosting cooking classes for kids and their parents at Ellwood Thompson’s.

On the menu for Sat. Jan. 16:

“I am thrilled to be sharing the recipes that these two students have created,” says Chef Ann. “Their success just goes to show what I’ve been saying for years — when kids have the opportunity to touch it, cut it, taste it, they will not only eat real food, they’ll get creative in the kitchen.”

Click here to sign up for the Ellwood Thompson’s classes.  (more…)

GET COOKING IN 2016 — Edible Education® Teaches America’s Kids (and their parents) To Cook Real Food at Richmond’s Ellwood Thompson’s Market

elwood-thompson-logoJanuary 1, 2016, Richmond VA — Edible Education® founder Chef Ann Butler and Ellwood Thompson’s founder Rick Hood are hungry to get America’s kids cooking — and eating — right.

This year, the two Richmond-based organization are partnering on monthly cooking classes for kids and their parents.

“On the last Tuesday of each month in 2016, we’ll be featuring two sessions of Ann Butler’s cooking classes in our Beet Café,” says Hood, who is on a mission to feed the heart and soul of his community through his commitment to selling and serving local and organic foods. “Ann’s goals and organization fit right into our goal to create a personal connection with our customers.”

Butler says she’s thrilled to be teaming up with Ellwood Thompson’s Market, because she knows that if kids get 50 hours of culinary education by the time they are 12, it’ll change the way they feel about food.

Sign up today for the next Edible Education Cooking Classes at Richmond’s Ellwood Thompon’s: edibleedu.com/classes.


You are Invited: Chopped Junior Party, January 5 at The Steward School

Emily_ClaireJanuary 1, 2016 — It’s no secret that Richmond is on the official foodie map. And this week, we will celebrate our youngest culinary stars at the premier of the new Food Network series, Chopped Junior. 
Two of the four young chef competitors are from RVA and students of Ann Butler’s national cooking school for kids, Edible Education.
  • The evening will begin with a student cooking challenge and will culminate with a viewing of Chopped Junior episode, Cuteness Overload.
  • These two talented young ladies will top the night off with a donation to FeedMore’s CEO, Doug Pick.

Dec. 4, 2015: Two Edible Education students are competing on the Food Network’s “Chopped Junior”

Screen Shot 2015-12-05 at 8.16.55 AMDecember 4, 2015, Richmond, VA — Edible Education founder Ann Butler got word today that two of her cooking school students — Claire Hollingsworth (pictured right), and Emily Waters — are competing on the Food Network’s national cooking show Chopped Junior. 

Premiering Tuesday, January 5 at 8pm, their episode is entitled “Cuteness Overload.” 

Chopped Junior explains: The young and the fearless!  The junior chefs in this competition are just nine and ten years old, the youngest group yet.  The first round has them cooking with a classic kids’ food and some unusual chips.  Then in the entrée round, a super sour basket ingredient makes for an equally sour face from a young cook trying it for the first time.  And will a “punny” ingredient in the dessert basket make the finalists crabby or happy?

Click here to check out “Chopped Junior.”

And stay tuned for details about the Red Carpet Party we’ll be hosting on Jan. 5 in Richmond. All Edible Education families and friends are invited so we can watch the show together! Be sure to sign up for our newsletter so we can put you on the guest list! (more…)

December 1, 2015: Edible Education Is Looking For Sponsors for Kitchen a la Cart™

 KitchenALaCartAmong young people ages 2 to 19, 31.8 percent are considered to be either overweight or obese, and 16.9 percent are considered to be obese, according to the National Institutes of Health.

Childhood obesity comes with an estimated price tag of $19,000 per child when comparing lifetime medical costs to those of a normal weight child, according to an analysis led by researchers at the Duke Global Health Institute and Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School in Singapore.

The good news comes from the CDC: If kids get 50 hours of cooking education before they are 12, it will change the way they think about food. Edible Education’s founder and CEO Chef Ann Butler is determined to teach thousands of children across America to prepare real food, and love every minute of it. (more…)

Nov. 28, 2015: Edible Education Celebrates Small Business Saturday

SmBizSatNovember 28, 2015, Richmond, VA — Along with 3,000 communities across the country, Ann Butler’s Edible Education is celebrating Small Business Saturday today.

 Celebrated on the Saturday following Thanksgiving, Small Business Saturday aims to support the small businesses that help create jobs and boost the economy in communities across the nation.
The event was created by American Express in 2010, and since has become part of the traditional kickoff to the busy holiday shopping season. In 2014, consumers who were aware of Small Business Saturday reported spending $14.3 billion* with small businesses on the day, an increase of 2.1 percent from 2013.

“This event is something we look forward to every year,” says Butler, who is preparing ‘Foods to Go for Families on the Go’ all day today at Edible Ed’s Source Kitchen & Market (13566 Waterford Place, Midlothian, VA 23112) where she is popping up a nutritious real food treat: Popcorn Trail Mix.  (more…)

Oct. 14, 2015: WVTF Public Radio features Ann Butler, “Farm Bounty on the School Lunch Tray”

school_lunchesOctober 14, 2015, WVTF Public Radio — On today’s episode of WVTF Public Radio reporter Mallory Noe-Payne featured a story of a lunch program that could be the model for something big. St. Andrews Elementary School in Richmond had some unusual visitors for lunch earlier this month — chickens.

In an interview with Ann Butler’s Edible Education Program, Noe-Payne wrote: “Virginia recently celebrated farm-to-school week, highlighting the connection between farmers around the state and what’s on the tray in the lunch line. But for one private school in Richmond, farm-to-table is more than just one week out of the year.” Click here to listen to their on-air interview. And click More to read the entire article.