PRESS RELEASE: The James Beard Foundation and the Children’s Museum of Manhattan Partner on Family Chef Series

11/11/11

Renowned Chefs to Lead Healthy Cooking Programs for Families as Part of Museum’s EatSleepPlay™ Health Initiative

NEW YORK, NY, November 11, 2011 – The James Beard Foundation, the world’s foremost nonprofit culinary arts organization, announced today a partnership with the Children’s Museum of Manhattan (CMOM), as part of the museum’s EatSleepPlay™ health initiative. The James Beard Foundation Family Chef Series at CMOM will include healthy cooking demonstrations by renowned chefs, providing families with young children creative and fun ways to prepare simple recipes with fresh and affordable ingredients. Each program will include special tastings of the prepared recipes.

“I am thrilled about our new partnership with the James Beard Foundation. How amazing to have some of the best chefs show families how delicious food can be healthy, affordable and easy to prepare,” said Andrew Ackerman, Executive Director of CMOM. “Families will walk away with some great new recipes that can become staples in their meals and an understanding of how simple, daily choices can have a big impact on your family’s health. The partnership with The James Beard Foundation will help drive public awareness about the issue of childhood obesity and the work being done by both our organizations to reverse the trend.”

The first program demonstration in the series will be on Saturday, November 12, the opening weekend of CMOM’s new exhibition called EatSleepPlay™: Building Health Every Day. Award-winning chef, Bill Telepan, one of New York’s biggest proponents of “Greenmarket” cooking, will conduct a healthy cooking demonstration, food tasting and question and answer session. He opened his critically acclaimed Upper West Side restaurant, Telepan, five years ago, where he creates special harvest menus to highlight their seasonal offerings. He has longstanding relationships with local farmers and purveyors and is involved in the movement to improve public school lunches in New York City, serving as executive chef of Wellness in the Schools (WITS).

"I'm excited to participate in the Family Chef Series, which is an inventive and fun way to teach kids about healthy eating, " said Bill Telepan. "This initiative is a strong step toward improving the overall health of our nation's youth -- a cause that I hold close to my heart, both as Executive Chef of Wellness in the Schools and as a father."

“Who better to grab the attention of children and their parents on how to eat better than well-known chefs? The James Beard Foundation is truly delighted to be able to help launch this series with four wonderful American chefs, Bill Telepan, Alex Guarneschelli, Michel Nischan and Michael Lomonaco,” said Susan Ungaro, President of The James Beard Foundation. “These chefs are also parents, so they know first-hand the challenges of getting children to eat well.”

The current schedule of programs in The James Beard Foundation Family Chef Series at CMOM includes:
 Saturday, November 12 – Bill Telepan, owner and executive chef, Telepan and executive chef for executive chef for Wellness in the Schools;
Tuesday December 27 – Alexandra Guarneschelli, executive chef of Butter Restaurant and host of Food Network's Alex's Day Off;
Saturday, February 25 – Michel Nischan, owner and founder of Dressing Room and CEO and president of Wholesome Wave;
Wednesday, April 11 – Michael Lomonaco, executive chef and managing partner, Porter House

CMOM’s EatSleepPlayTM health initiative is a first-of-its-kind national program that targets families with very young children to instill healthy habits at an early age. CMOM takes on the issue of children’s health and obesity with comprehensive solutions, reaching children in homes, schools and communities to build lifelong learning and healthy habits that support a child’s overall cognitive, emotional, social and physical development and wellbeing.

About the Children’s Museum of Manhattan
Founded in 1973, the Children’s Museum of Manhattan is New York City’s leading cultural institution dedicated solely to kids and families. CMOM inspires children and their families to learn about themselves and a culturally diverse world through unique interactive exhibitions. CMOM presents a full range of activities, exhibits and special performances that stimulate children of all ages. Through multidimensional programs that reach deep into the community, the Museum serves New Yorkers from all backgrounds. For details on all of CMOM’s programs, please visit www.cmom.org or call 212-721-1234.

About the James Beard Foundation
Founded in 1986, the James Beard Foundation is dedicated to celebrating, nurturing, and preserving America's diverse culinary heritage and future. A cookbook author and teacher with an encyclopedic knowledge about food, James Beard, who died in 1985, was a champion of American cuisine. He helped educate and mentor generations of professional chefs and food enthusiasts. Today, the Beard Foundation continues in the same spirit by administering a number of diverse programs that include educational initiatives, food industry awards, scholarships to culinary schools, and publications, and by maintaining the historic James Beard House in New York City’s Greenwich Village as a “performance space” for visiting chefs. For more information, please visit www.jamesbeard.org.

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In The Mood: Painting Musical Emotions, 10:00am

All ages

10am - 4:45pm
Families will be inspired to create artwork by the emotions felt when listening to Jazz. Discover what creates the melancholy mood in Billie Holiday’s voice, or the cheerful sound of Duke Ellington’s Big Band. Explore how your mood is affected by musical elements such as key, melody, harmony and tempo, using a piece of historic sheet music as your canvas.

This program is part of our "Jazzed!: The Changing Beat of 125th Street" exhibit and takes place on the lower level.

Romare Bearden - My World as Colorful Melodies, 10:00am

All ages

10am - 4:45pm
Romare Bearden was deeply influenced by jazz music and often listened to it while making art. Listen to jazz music and imagine colors and patterns based on what you hear. Create a work of art inspired by Bearden’s mixed media collage techniques.

This program is part of our "Jazzed!: The Changing Beat of 125th Street" exhibit and takes place on the lower level.
 

Math Wizards: Counting Sheep to Sleep, 10:00am

4 & younger

Count yourself to sleep! Make a set of fluffy sheep to count; it will help you relax and fall asleep…zzzZZZ
Kindergarten Readiness Skills: developing sensory awareness and fine motor skills needed for writing, creative expression, early math skills and color recognition.
 

Swept Away: When Water Meets Sand, 10:30am

4 & younger

10:30am - 4pm
Explore how water changes ecosystems with our new Erosion Table! Discover water’s power on Earth’s surface by creating rivers and lakes through sand.

All Jazzed Up Performance: Live Piano Music - Hila Kulik, 11:00am

All ages

11am - 3pm
Having performed worldwide and a masters student at Queens College, Hila Kulik won first prize in the Israel "Jazz Player of the Year Competition" in 2009, the Ran Baron scholarships at the Israeli Conservatory, the Sharet Scholarship at the America-Israel Cultural Foundation.
Get into the swing of things with live music provided by a jazz pianist from the Manhattan School of Music! This program is part of our Jazzed! The Changing Beat of 125th Street exhibit and takes place on the lower level.
 

Experiment with Pitch (Demo), 11:00am

All ages

Join our old fashioned “jug band” while experimenting with sound effects. Blow across the opening of the bottle to produce the lowest or highest sounds to learn about pitch. Does the shape of the bottle affect the sound you make?  What kind of sounds can you produce without water? Can you create notes by adding different amounts of water in each bottle?

This program is part of our "Jazzed!: The Changing Beat of 125th Street" exhibit and takes place on the lower level.

Live Piano Music!, 11:00am

All ages

11am - 3pm

Get into the swing of things with live music provided by a jazz pianist selected by the National Jazz Museum in Harlem!
This program is part of our "Jazzed!: The Changing Beat of 125th Street" exhibit and takes place on the lower level
 

Movement & Circle Time, 11:30am

4 & younger

Sing, move your body and use your listening ears to hear special stories.
Kindergarten Readiness Skills: Learn new vocabulary, build listening skills and learn to be part of a group.

Good Vibrations , 11:30am

4 & younger

How are sounds made? How can you change sounds? Learn about the science behind sound waves as we make beautiful music together!
Kindergarten Readiness Skills: Sensory awareness, descriptive vocabulary and gross motor skills.
 

Mural Wall Painting, 12:00pm

4 & younger

Mix paint on the PlayWorks™ Mural Wall.
Kindergarten Readiness Skills: Science Skills (color mixing and cause and effect)

Math Wizards: Counting Sheep to Sleep, 1:00pm

4 & younger

Count yourself to sleep! Make a set of fluffy sheep to count; it will help you relax and fall asleep…zzzZZZ
Kindergarten Readiness Skills: developing sensory awareness and fine motor skills needed for writing, creative expression, early math skills and color recognition.
 

Thinking Like a Composer: Understanding Sheet Music (Demo), 1:30pm

All ages

Music is made up of notes of different pitches, from low to high. An important characteristic of jazz music is that these notes are arranged in unusual rhythms. Examine a historic score sheet by composers such as Duke Ellington and Mary Lou Williams. Then match the sounds that you hear with notes on the paper and create your own score.

This program is part of our "Jazzed!: The Changing Beat of 125th Street" exhibit and takes place on the lower level.

Mural Wall Painting, 2:30pm

4 & younger

Mix paint on the PlayWorks™ Mural Wall.
Kindergarten Readiness Skills: Science Skills (color mixing and cause and effect)

Skit Scat Stories & Songs!, 3:00pm

All ages

Listen to iconic performances of jazz music and then read books about the ‘Jazz Legends’ who performed them.

This program is part of our "Jazzed!: The Changing Beat of 125th Street" exhibit and takes place on the lower level.

Movement & Circle Time, 4:00pm

4 & younger

Sing, move your body and use your listening ears to hear special stories.
Kindergarten Readiness Skills: Learn new vocabulary, build listening skills and learn to be part of a group.

Good Vibrations , 4:00pm

4 & younger

How are sounds made? How can you change sounds? Learn about the science behind sound waves as we make beautiful music together!
Kindergarten Readiness Skills: Sensory awareness, descriptive vocabulary and gross motor skills.
 

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