STEP-UP Omaha is a local program of the Empowerment Network for youth between the ages of 14 and 21. The program exposes them to community service, work experience, internships and job training opportunities. For two weeks in July, STEP-UP Omaha participants joined No More Empty Pots for an educational, hands-on adventure! They learned about theContinue reading »
Project Localize in Omaha is an educational program that helps classrooms identify and promote sustainable economic, cultural and social progress in their communities. In Project Localize we work with schools to engage students in local foods discovery at school gardens and nearby farms. Students share what they find in their own voice through artistic photo collage and editing in collaborationContinue reading »
No More Empty Pots is no stranger to cooking demos at the library. For the past five years Washington Branch library of the Omaha Public Library system hosted a holiday cooking demonstration. This year was no exception. However for the first time, the youth participants were all young men under 18. One participant, Donald, is a student at North High Magnet and shared that he will get extra credit for engaging in the class on Saturday.
Susan and Neva took turns leading the class to create three seasonal recipes. Our fearless participants read the ingredients and instructions to group, tested each recipe, diligently tasting the product and eagerly offering suggestions of salt, vanilla extract, jalapenos, etc.
When youth grow food they are more likely to eat it. The same happens when they prepare a dish. Each participant tasted each edition of the recipe to determine what would make it taste better. Once satisfied with the changes, they ate it all! Each went home with leftover ingredients and recipes so that they could try their hands at making the dishes at home. Probably the most encouraging quote of the day, “I’m going to sign my mom up for this class!”
See you in 2017 at the library!
Read and/or download the recipes here. Enjoy!
Get Your Tickets (click on the RSVP button) Join us for an evening of good food and great music at this year’s Blues & BBQ Harvest Party fundraiser on the rooftop of Blatt Beer & Table on Sunday, October 9th from 4:00-7:00 pm, hosted by No More Empty Pots and The Florence Mill. The Annual BluesContinue reading »
Since November a few teen parents at Blackburn have been exploring new foods, expanding their palates and learning food preparation techniques with staff from No More Empty Pots. The first session was new to everyone and featured whole wheat wraps with hummus and sauteed kale. Kale was new to all the students. We discussed theContinue reading »
It has been a busy and productive summer for No More Empty Pots. Thank you to everyone who has supported us through donations, volunteering, and sharing your expertise. We cannot do this work without you. I also invite you to our first public fundraiser: Blues & Barbecue. It will be a fun time with an interactiveContinue reading »
Where did winter go? It is officially spring. For some, spring is nature’s annual recurring gift to us to ‘get it right’. For food systems organizations like No More Empty Pots that means the kickoff of another season that includes engaging community, supporting farmers, top-dressing and planting gardens, distributing food, refining processes and procedures, hiringContinue reading »
A couple of months ago, No More Empty Pots had the opportunity to visit the new Firehouse Subs near 72nd and Jones ST in Omaha. Robin Sorenson, co-founder with his brother Chris, was in town to share the Firehouse Sub story. Robin tells the story well. He loves food. His favorite memories are around food. RobinContinue reading »
Anna at the Washington Branch Library of the Omaha Public Library system is a real asset. She was looking for someone to deliver a cooking demonstration for one of the many library programs at the Washington Branch. With the date getting closer and closer without a chef, No More Empty Pots stepped in to help.Continue reading »
No More Empty Pots (NMEP) serves as a conduit for collaboration among diverse groups and individuals on the pathway to community food security and self-sufficiency. To that end, periodically NMEP may share guest blog posts from food professionals in our community. The opinions expressed are solely those of the author(s). Let us know what youContinue reading »