Working with The Sylvia Center, we welcomed eleven young women from Perfect Ten After School in to the kitchen to prepare and enjoy a seasonally inspired Spring Brunch. This workshop was part of a joint program between the two organizations called Seed to Plate Culinary Arts program, a six-week cooking program each spring and fall where participants learn about seasonality, whole foods, and food systems.

The Sylvia Center’s Chef Jillian Naveh and Chef Assistant Virginia Meza led the group in the preparation of several dishes, including a Quinoa Berry Brulee and a Spinach and Cheese Strata, plus a refreshing fruit smoothie. From their knowledge about the nutritional benefits of the ingredients to their kitchen skills, it was apparent that some of the Perfect Ten girls had been cooking with The Sylvia Center for a while. And the enthusiasm showed by the younger ones was infectious.

Valley Variety prioritizes making the space available for the community and was thrilled to partner with Perfect Ten and The Sylvia Center for this cooking class. As a local business and community member, it’s important to be aware of what the community needs and to be a part of that solution. Valley Variety has also hosted community roundtable meetings and food swaps.

The Sylvia Center

The mission of The Sylvia Center is to inspire young people and their families to eat well through hands-on learning experiences on the farm and in the kitchen. Through their programs, participants learn what fresh food is, how delicious it tastes, and how to prepare nutritious meals on a daily basis.

Perfect Ten

Perfect Ten, the only girls club in Hudson, was founded by Paula Foreman with the mission to help girls create a positive vision for themselves, find their passions, and connect them with opportunities to explore those things.