Conners Emerson students learned how to make their own pickled green beans during Mount Desert Island Hospital and Havana’s Food Revolution Day 2015. This year, they will learn to make their own tamales. PHOTO COURTESY OF MDI HOSPITAL

Hospital, restaurant bring food revolution to Conners Emerson

BAR HARBOR — Conners Emerson students will learn to make their own tamales on Food Revolution Day, Friday, May 20.

Mount Desert Island Hospital and Havana Restaurant are partnering again to bring increased food knowledge and food education to island children. This year, Havana Chef Josh Crotty and the hospital’s Marisa Marinelli will teach fifth and sixth graders how to make their own vegetarian tamales, while hospital Wellness Coordinator Kathy Mulligan and dietitian Amory Davis will lead them in several outdoor activities.

Food Revolution Day 2016 kicks off in the school’s cafeteria the morning with the hands-on cooking demonstration and wellness session, but it doesn’t end there. In the evening, thanks to restaurant owner Michael Boland, Havana is hosting a free reception for parents and students from 4-5 p.m. to give students the chance to showcase the dishes they helped to create. All proceeds from dinner service at Havana that evening, from 5-9 p.m., will be donated to the ongoing greenhouse project at Conners Emerson, spearheaded by former Conners Emerson teacher Steve Gabel-Richards.

Gabel-Richards will continue to work with Conners Emerson to see the Greenhouse Project to fruition. Conners Emerson science teacher David Keefe will join the Food Revolution Day activities this year as well. Kyle Petty of Havana also will assist in the hands-on food education session. This year, MDI Hospital and Havana hope to raise enough money to help complete the greenhouse.

“Building food knowledge and awareness in our schools is so important,” said MDI Hospital President and CEO Art Blank. “We are very grateful to Conners Emerson and to Michael Boland and Havana for partnering with us to continue to develop food education for our island’s children.”

Established in 2011 by renowned chef Jamie Oliver, Food Revolution Day is an international day of action designed to promote food education for children. MDI Hospital began participating in the initiative in 2013 and first joined with Havana in 2014 to bring a unique hands-on cooking class to Conners Emerson.


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