Chef joins the club

Boys and Girls Club sum­mer day camps in Char­lot­te­town, Mon­tague get help from lo­cal chef

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - THE ISLAND -

The Boys and Girls Club of Char­lot­te­town has started a new healthy, hot lunch pro­gram for the chil­dren in its sum­mer day camps in both the Mon­tague and Char­lot­te­town lo­ca­tions.

Red Seal chef and friend of the club, Katie Daw­son, has stepped up to help im­ple­ment the new lunch pro­gram.

“As a chef who loves work­ing with fresh veg­eta­bles, meats and pas­tas, I want the chil­dren to gain ex­po­sure to dif­fer­ent food groups as well as ob­serv­ing how to ac­tu­ally pre­pare meals,” she said.

Daw­son has com­pleted a sum­mer menu that will pro­vide a broad va­ri­ety of foods for chil­dren to en­joy.

She will be us­ing some in­gre­di­ents from the Boys and Girls Club veg­etable and herb gar­dens as well as other lo­cally sourced veg­eta­bles, breads and meat.

“When we dreamed up this pro­gram, we wanted to pro­vide our mem­bers not only with a hot meal, but ex­po­sure to lo­cally sourced in­gre­di­ents. With the ris­ing cost of food th­ese days, and the busy lives fam­i­lies lead, it is be­com­ing in­creas­ingly dif­fi­cult for fam­i­lies to pre­pare and en­joy healthy meals daily. We just wanted to do our part to help.”

Ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Krista Shaw said the Boys and Girls Club re­cently pur­chased 100 pounds of beef from a lo­cal farmer, has re­ceived a sum­mer­long do­na­tion of needed herbs and spices from Kate the Spice Lady, and will be shop­ping at the farm­ers’ mar­kets for as many

Funds raised from the club’s re­cent Race for Kids event is mak­ing this pro­gram pos­si­ble. lo­cal prod­ucts as pos­si­ble.

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Katie Daw­son, a Red Seal chef, has joined the Boys and Girls Clubs in Char­lot­te­town and Mon­tague to help launch a new healthy, hot lunch pro­gram for club’s sum­mer day camps.

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