Just a quick post to let you know that today is Food Revolution Day. You may have heard of Jamie Oliver’s show Food Revolution in which he tries to change school lunches and encourage people to eat more healthy. You may also have heard of his foundation, the Jamie Oliver Foundation, which he founded in 2011 to educate, empower and inspire people about food.
I have to admit that I have never [gasp] watched Food Revolution or tried any of his recipes, but I do identify with his message. I used to volunteer in primary schools in college and was horrified to see what American school lunches involved (at least in the schools that I visited) – a few pieces of nuggets, a couple sad looking tacos, or a slice of pizza for the students while some of the teachers ate those packaged cheese crackers that you can buy in vending machines. And all of this had to be gobbled up in 10 or 15 minutes so that the next round of students could take their seats. It made me sad for the students that they didn’t have better options and didn’t have time to learn to enjoy food.
As you can imagine, this is very different from school lunches in France (although I’ve also heard that that’s changing) where each meal consists of four courses – a small appetizer like a tomato salad or sardines or leeks in vinaigrette, a main dish with a protein and vegetables or starch (my favorite was salted pork with lentils, petit salé aux lentilles), a piece of cheese (typically a slice of camembert) and a dessert. And of course you always get a piece of bread. It might sound crazy but I actually miss those lunches. I grew up eating Asian food at home so the school cafeteria was the only place where I could get French food on a regular basis.
Anyway, nostalgia aside… check out the Food Revolution Day website. There are events all over the country and the world.
Food Revolution Day on 19 May is a chance for people who love food to come together to share information, talents and resources; to pass on their knowledge and highlight the world’s food issues. All around the globe, people will work together to make a difference. Food Revolution Day is about connecting with your community through events at schools, restaurants, local businesses, dinner parties and farmers’ markets. We want to inspire change in people’s food habits and to promote the mission for better food and education for everyone.