Edible Island
Recipes

Overview of recipes offered
Recipe 1

During the winter of 2012/13 Edible Island’s Education Director, Max Mattes, began to gather information and ideas with the goal of transitioning the Elementary School lunch program to a from-scratch kitchen. He traveled to other schools in Maine to investigate what it takes to feed kids delicious meals, all within federal school lunch program requirements. 

When he began talking with people in schools, it became clear that if there was a chef in the kitchen, there was no reason the couldn’t be real food on the table. In the fall of 2013, Max took over as interim head cook at the Elementary School. He launched a salad bar to give students more meal choices with a wide variety of fruits, grains, and vegetables, the students ate with vigor and gratitude. Max began preparing the lunch food from scratch and developed new recipes and a menu that would not only be delicious to serve students, but also fulfill federal school lunch program requirements. 

With a functioning from-scratch school lunch program in place, the Elementary School was fortunate to hire Liz Barbato as the new head cook. Liz was formerly chef at the Brooklin Inn and a 2003 graduate of the Culinary Institute of America. She has brought the same passion and professionalism to the daily task of ensuring that what the two hundred children a day she feeds eat is prepared with deep emotion as well as both a sound nutritional basis and above all - simply tastes good.

Recipe 2

Following up to the success at the Elementary School, Edible Island began working with the High School lunch program during the 2014/15 school year. Max Mattes started to meet weekly with an ever changing group of earnest young islanders that simply want what they know to be appropriate for a school lunch offering. They come to the table with reasonable requests and are active and involved in making what they want a reality.

The first step was to bring back the smoothie bar that had been started through Ready by 21 Mentoring. It is now a daily event with fresh fruit based drinks available at the school, free of charge to any one that desires one. This project immediately increased the amount of fruits and vegetables consumed by dozens of students. 

This year also marked the return of a salad bar at the high school. It is stocked daily with eight different fresh fruits, mixed leafy greens, as well as nine different vegetables and protein rich grains and legumes. 

Recipe 3

Following up to the success at the Elementary School, Edible Island began working with the High School lunch program during the 2014/15 school year. Max Mattes started to meet weekly with an ever changing group of earnest young islanders that simply want what they know to be appropriate for a school lunch offering. They come to the table with reasonable requests and are active and involved in making what they want a reality.

The first step was to bring back the smoothie bar that had been started through Ready by 21 Mentoring. It is now a daily event with fresh fruit based drinks available at the school, free of charge to any one that desires one. This project immediately increased the amount of fruits and vegetables consumed by dozens of students. 

This year also marked the return of a salad bar at the high school. It is stocked daily with eight different fresh fruits, mixed leafy greens, as well as nine different vegetables and protein rich grains and legumes. 

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Edible Island Culinary and Ecological Center offers unique culinary experiences, as well as educational opportunities for local students, community members, farmers, chefs, and other food professionals. 

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