Elmhurst Dairy was pleased to be invited to participate in a fundraiser on Sunday, April 1st at the International Association of Culinary Professionals annual conference in New York. Held at the renowned International Culinary Center in Manhattan, Chef Bill Telepan worked culinary magic to prove how good a public school lunch can taste despite the constrictions of nutritional guidelines and a miniscule budget. Our half-pints of milk were an authentic accompaniment to the healthy meal!
The fundraiser proved to be both a delicious meal and a conversation about how and what children are fed. Since 2008, Bill Telepan (owner of Telepan on the Upper West Side) has been the Executive Chef of Wellness in the Schools (WITS), a New York City-based non-profit that inspires healthy eating, environmental awareness, and fitness as a way of life for kids in New York City’s public schools. Telepan works with WITS-in-Residence Cooks in public school kitchens to make school food healthier and more delicious.
As the first chef involved with WITS, Telepan has spearheaded its goals by developing nutritious school menus, training cafeteria workers, and teaching culinary and nutrition concepts to students, parents, and teachers. Telepan’s daughter Leah, a student at PS-87, inspired him to join WITS and made healthy school food a cause that he holds close to his heart.