Bill Telepan Pop-Up at Harry's Pizzeria
|All photos by Emily Codik|
|Tomatoes from Phillis Wheatley Elementary School's edible garden|
Bill Telepan, chef at Telepan on New York's Upper West Side, dedicates his time outside the kitchen to Wellness in the Schools, an organization focused on inspiring nutritious eating and fitness in public schools across the country.
You might have seen Telepan, alongside the organization's cofounder, Nancy Easton, featured in a TV segment titled Food People on the Cooking Channel. In the minute-long bit, Telepan prepares a salad, makes a vinaigrette, and discusses with children the importance of cooking healthful foods.
"In the beginning, when you are taking away their hamburgers and their French fries, they are like, 'What's this?' and they are not really sure. But once they know how to make it and learn how to cook it, then they're like, 'Oh, I can eat this now, because I know what it is," he says.
Telepan's commitment to healthful eating and nutrition education inspired Michael Schwartz, the James Beard Award-winning chef behind Michael's Genuine Food & Drink and Harry's Pizzeria, to become involved with Miami-Dade County Public Schools. Schwartz, a longtime proponent of freshly and locally sourced ingredients, launched an edible garden at Phillis Wheatley Elementary School in Overtown in 2010.
|Harry's Pizzeria sous-chef Steve Martin taught fifth-graders how to make an arugula salad.|
Last year, the small plots were planted with heirloom tomatoes, eggplants, peppers, and sunflowers. Last week, led by members of the Genuine Hospitality Group and the school's Science Club, a group of fifth-graders harvested a bounty of fresh vegetables. Steve Martin, sous-chef at Harry's Pizzeria, visited the school during lunch the next day and prepared a salad with ingredients from the garden.
The children supplemented their pizza-day meal of coleslaw, peperoni pizza, Borden chocolate milk, and an apple with a wild arugula salad with heirloom tomatoes, kohlrabi, and red onions, all tossed with a vinaigrette. Apples from the lunch tray were julienned and mixed with the greens as well.