Last November, 10 teams of two competed against each other with hopes of advancing to the third and final round of the Colavita Challenge at the Food and Finance High School in Manhattan. At stake was the grand prize of an all-expenses paid trip this summer to Italy where they will get the chance to learn traditional Italian cooking methods and explore a handful of cities throughout the country. Additionally, each winner will be given a $2,500 scholarship to aid in their upcoming college expenses.
Explore new regions in the kitchen with this West African vegetarian delight made with collard greens, sweet potatoes and peanut butter.
Peanut stew, also known as maafe, is native to the Mandinka and Bambara ethnic groups of Mali in western Africa. There are many variations and room for customizations, so if you must have a source of protein other than peanut butter, lamb, beef or chicken make good additions. But our New Year’s resolution at Colavita was to figure out interesting ways to incorporate vegetables into our recipe collection to inspire you to do the same in your kitchen. What it lacks in meat, it makes up for in flavor. Thick from the peanut butter and served over rice, you definitely won’t leave the table hungry.
What does the holiday season mean for you? It’s highly subjective, but for many it offers the opportunity to commune with family, friends or even coworkers in some way. The most common way? Over food, of course.
Remember home economics class? Perhaps if you enjoy cooking, you have fond memories of making basic dishes such as biscuits, baked chicken and pasta for one school period, in perhaps your sophomore or junior year of high school. While for many schools across the U.S., home economics class is more of a thing of the past, Food and Finance High School in Manhattan takes it a step further by offering a rigorous professional culinary program to its curriculum. Students learn kitchen basics such as knife skills, safety and sanitation, and eventually progress to preparing and developing more complex recipes throughout their entire high school education. It is the only culinary high school in New York City and is tuition-free.
We at Colavita pride ourselves on being a family brand, but today more than ever the definition of family is evolving. While Thanksgiving is typically dedicated to relatives, Friendsgiving is an occasion to celebrate with your chosen family. Whether those are friends from college, coworkers or people you don’t normally get to see during the holidays, a day to break bread with those you love over a festive feast doesn’t have to be restricted to the last Thursday of November.
Keep the festivities going this summer with a picnic! Nothing screams summer like gathering your friends and family at the park for a picnic. This time, you can impress them with these delicious summer recipes that are picnic approved! Keep reading for giveaway details at the end!