COVID19 Activists Partners: Variety Boys and Girls Club in Queens

We wanted to give a shout out to one of our current partners that has committed to providing food to their community - Variety Boys and Girls Club!

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The Science Behind COVID19

We can’t stop thinking about what’s going on with coronavirus right now, so instead of going back to our normal programming, we’ve interviewed our Food Safety Director to get into the science of COVID-19, how it behaves, and what really works to eliminate it. Read on to learn some tips and tricks for staying safe if your local store is out of hand sanitizer and lysol wipes!

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Veggie of the Month: Potatoes!

This month, we are highlighting another common winter vegetable: POTATOES!  Mashed, fried, roasted, pureed, or even baked into a sweet treat - potatoes come in many different varieties and are extremely versatile in how they can be prepared. And somehow, they always come out tasting delicious!

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New menu items!

It's that time promised, we have a new menu heading your way, with a soft open tomorrow and kicking into full gear next week! Many things are staying the same, but we have some new and exciting meals that our chefs have been busy perfecting, and we cannot wait to hear what you think!

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Partner Spotlight: Central Brooklyn Ascend Middle School

It is time to bring back yet another Red Rabbit tradition, and put the spotlight on one of our own! Red Rabbit serves such a wide variety of schools, daycare centers, after school programs, and more, so we thought it would be fun for our expansive community to get to know each other a little better. For this first Partner Spotlight, we spoke with one of our charter schools in Brooklyn - Central Brooklyn Ascend Charter Middle School. Ms. Susan Swan, our partner in crime at CBAMS, shared some school and personal favorites, and even has a tip or two for other Red Rabbit partners! Check out this great interview!

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Upcoming Events!

Whether you work in a school kitchen, the classroom, or even in the school office, everyone on campus can be engaged in school food. We all have a stake in making sure our kids are eating delicious and healthy meals, and this also means staying educated on food-related topics ourselves! From food education to anti-hunger to food policy, there  is a vast amount of work being done to improve the food system and re-shape our food and education landscape. So, we thought we would take this week to highlight some events, both locally and nationally, that can help all of us stay engaged in the great work being done to bolster our food and education systems across the nation.

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How to Eat Like a Groundhog!

It's that time of year again! The doldrums of winter are upon us, and we are all hungry for a sign of spring. This Sunday, February 2nd, Punxsutawney Phil will emerge from hibernation to determine if we will have six more weeks of winter. So, in honor of this strange tradition, we wanted to take this opportunity to share a few fun facts about this lovable beast. Maybe you can use a few of them to encourage your scholars to eat like groundhogs!

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Veggie of the Month: Carrots

We are excited for the return of a favorite Red Rabbit tradition...Veggie of the Month! Every month, we will highlight a vegetable that is currently in season and on our menu. From fun facts to fun recipes, this monthly blog will be your go-to source for all things veggie!

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New year, new menu!

Here in the Red Rabbit kitchen, our culinary team is ramping up for a new and exciting menu, coming to you in just about a month! As usual, we love to keep our classic favorites, but we also like to add some new twists and flavors to our wide array of meals. As the cooks are testing recipes for some fun new additions, we also want to hear from you to see what you love, and what you want!

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Upcoming Grants in NYC!

It's grant season, so time to put on your writing hats! From community gardens, to special cooking equipment and obesity prevention, we've compiled some great opportunities all over the city (and nationally!) to help you improve meals at your school or center, and continue to fight the good fight for better food for all kids!

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Environmental Sustainability at Red Rabbit

With 2020 quickly approaching, every blog, news article and school initiative we've been following seems to be focused on plastic. And more specifically... that we all use too much of it. Here at Red Rabbit, we are highly aware of the amount of single use plastic and aluminum that we (and our partners) are contributing to landfills and oceans, and we are constantly working to improve on our wasteful habits.

Two years ago, we launched an exciting initiative to offer reusable table wear to all of our schools. The following year, we transitioned some of our largest partners to reusable pans, to eliminate much of the daily packaging waste that is contributing to a disposable culture.

But we know we can do more with your help. Read on to see the top five ways you can help decrease the amount of plastic in your school - and how we are excited to partner with you in 2020 to create a more sustainable future. 

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10 Facts You May Not Know About Red Rabbit!

As business with a social mission (ie: helping to grow healthy kids), we tend to talk a lot about why we love Red Rabbit! And we realized  our favorite people (you!) may want a refresher on what makes us so special. So we've compiled a list of the most exciting facts about our food, our culture and our mission all submitted by our team. So, the next time your parents and families ask why you chose Red Rabbit you'll be well equipped for the discussion!

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New Breakfast and Snacks- November 2019

Last week we featured our new fall lunch dishes... and have loved hearing about the wild ways you are introducing them to your kids! But if you  were left wondering about the most important meal of the day, we sure have a treat for you. New breakfast and snack items are coming your way. From our Cheesy Olive Bread to our Pumpkin French Toast Bake, read on to read all about the ingredients and inspiration of our newest dishes!

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New Lunch Items - November 2019

This weekend, we'll all be pushing our clocks back - a sign of shorter days and colder months ahead... but please don't fret! We aren't transitioning away from fall just yet - and have some exciting new dishes to keep you warm and remembering the autumn leaves all winter long. Check out our lunch features this season, and find out how to decide if you are on team cauliflower or team butternut squash to ensure your favorite dishes stick around!

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The Three Sisters - Corn, Beans and Squash

Are you ready for a corn-ucopia of knowledge?

Whether you celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day or Columbus Day, the transition to fall foods has us thinking about the Three Sisters. Who are these sisters you ask? According to Iroquois legend, corn, beans, and squash are three inseparable sisters who can only grow and thrive together. Read on to learn more about why!

This tradition of interplanting corn, beans and squash in the same mounds, is a sustainable growing system that provided long-term soil fertility and a nutritious diet for an entire community. Corn, beans and squash were among the first important crops domesticated by ancient Mesoamerican societies. Corn was the primary crop, providing more calories or energy per acre than any other. According to Three Sisters legends, corn must grow in community with other crops rather than on its own – it needs the beneficial company of its sisters. So the next time you take a look at any of these delicious veggies - remember to look out for the other sisters!

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New Lunch Items this Fall!

With the fall semester in full swing, our kitchen has sent out a bunch of new and exciting additions! Our goal is to incorporate a balance of kid favorites while introducing new flavors, and this season's line up is the perfect representation!

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Employee Spotlight: Ariel Bernstein

Ariel is our customer EXPERIENCE associate, and if you communicate to our help team, you may end up speaking to just her!

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New Breakfast and Snack Items this Fall

Welcome back to school! Our test kitchens have been abuzz all summer, crafting each and every item and working with our chefs and experts to create new flavors for your kids to try.

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The Ultimate Summer Guide for Kids in NYC 2019

At Red Rabbit, we believe that teaching kids where their food comes from and how it is grown is key to helping kids make better food choices. Suddenly, kale goes from being another strange-looking green leaf to something they remember harvesting at their local community garden, making it far more familiar and appealing.

With summer right around the corner, we're looking forward to the bounty of local fruits and vegetables coming into season as well as the many fun outdoor events and educational programs hosted in New York City. Read on for our pick of kid-friendly, food and garden related events and days out, in and around NYC this summer.

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Whats New on the Breakfast & Snack Menus?

Last week we told you all about the delicious new menu items we've added to our lunch menu but let's not forget about our breakfasts and snacks. We've got some  fun additions to your mornings and afternoons. They're inventive and scrumptious so start salivating as you check out the pictures below! 

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