EATS Park City serves up fundraiser
May 6, 2016
EATS Park City is a nonprofit whose mission is to ensure every student has access to fresh, nutritious, appealing food and opportunities to develop lifelong positive and healthy food habits.
So far, EATS, which stands for Eat Awesome Things at School, works with the Park City School District, and to cover the costs of its programs, it holds an annual Fork in the Road fundraiser.
This year’s event, which will be emceed by Lynne Ware Peek and Tim Henney, will be held at The Cabin at The Grand Summit Hotel at Canyons Village on Friday, May 13, from 6:30 p.m. until 10:30 p.m., according to EATS Park City Board Member Lisa Allison.
"I never want to say it’s a typical fundraiser because we have so many nonprofits in town," Allison said during an interview with The Park Record. "There isn’t anything typical about fundraising in Park City, but this one is a very casual event."
There will be a silent auction and opportunity drawings.
"The opportunity drawing tickets will be available at the event for $25 each," Allison said. "They are also available through Julie Hooker’s leadership students at Treasure Mountain Junior High, EATS Board members, and me."
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One of the drawing prizes is a dinner for eight cooked at a private home by two Deer Valley chefs.
"Whole Foods will provide all the ingredients," Allison said.
Those who can’t attend the fundraiser, but would like to bid on auction items need not worry.
"We will also offer bidding buddies, who will represent them during the event," Allison said.
People can request bidding buddies by emailing email@example.com. In addition, the event will offer mystery lunch boxes.
"People will pay a low price to select one of the lunch boxes," she said. "The items inside the box will range from anything that matches what they paid for or it may be worth much more."
Since EATS Park City is about food, the food at the fundraiser will be "tremendous," promised Allison.
"Vail EpicPromise is our title sponsor with Park City Mountain, so not only will the executive chefs from Park City Mountain provide the food, Ritual Chocolate will be there," she said. "We’ll also welcome Twice the Dough Donuts and Woodland Biscuit Company."
Event tickets are $100 per person and can be purchased by visiting bit.ly/23j5TIo .
"Anyone who registers will get an EATS Park City logo cup that is offered just in time for summer concert season," Allison said.
Last year, the Fork in the Road fundraiser brought in close to $15,000.
"Like any fundraiser, we want to raise money to support the ongoing programs that we have for nutrition education in our schools," Allison explained.
Those programs are:
The taste tests have surprised the EATS Park City volunteers and board members, who work with the school’s nutritionists.
"Sometimes the food we think will be a little more challenging to get the kids to try wind up being the ones we are generally blown away with," Allison said. "When we brought Brussels sprouts in, we thought they would be a hard sell, but the students loved them.
"We brought [the sprouts] in on a stalk, so the kids could see how they grow, and that was interesting to them," she said. "It’s not just a matter of cooking and tasting, but also where do these foods come from and how they grow."
Then there was the mushroom incident.
"They either loved them or it was a ‘no thank you’ helping," Allison said.
There are two types of school gardens — raised bed and tower — and there are tower gardens at all schools except the high school, according to Allison.
"[We have] raised bed gardens at Trailside and Ecker Hill," she said. "The plan is that eventually every school will have both.
The cooking classes are held regularly at McPolin and Parleys Park elementary schools.
"We bring in chefs from local restaurants to teach the kids how to cook," Allison said. "Zoom has been great to work with. We’ve also had chefs from Park City Mountain come to the classes, and we’ve event taken classes to the restaurants for field trips as well."
All the recipes are in English and Spanish.
"That way the kids can take them home and cook with their families," Allison said.
Allison found that improving the school nutrition program is something the community supports.
"No one says, ‘No, this is not a good cause,’" she said. "Anytime we talk with people about needing help and volunteers, there has been a groundswell of help. This is very close to the quick with people, and we’ve been lucky and grateful to receive the response we continue to get."
EATS Park City’s Fork in the Road fundraiser will be held at The Cabin at The Grand Summit Hotel at Canyons Village on Friday, May 13, from 6:30 p.m. until 10:30 p.m. Tickets are $100 and can be purchased by visiting bit.ly/23j5TIo . For more information, visit http://www.eatsparkcity.org .