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Middle Schoolers Learn How to Make Chef Lewis's Buttermilk Cookies

Many thanks to our SAGE dining crew for teaching middle schoolers how to make renowned chef Edna Lewis's Buttermilk Cookies! Known as the godmother of Southern cooking, Chef Lewis headed her first kitchen in Manhattan in 1948, serving famous clientele such as Paul Robeson, William Faulkner, Tennessee Williams, Gore Vidal, Gloria Vanderbilt, Truman Capote, Richard Avedon, and many more. She created an unforgettable presence in the food industry and was recognized with many accolades, including as the inaugural recipient of the James Beard Living Legend Award (1995).

"SAGE is thrilled to demonstrate cooking and celebrate heritages and cultures with our students," said Rebecca Compton, Senior Food Service Director. "It's always a blast to have them in the kitchen. In addition to today's honoring of Black History Month, we showed students how to make tamales and churros for Hispanic Heritage Month." 

Earlier this month, middle schoolers eagerly waited to celebrate La Chandeleur (Candlemas), a French celebration of Jesus being presented at the temple 40 days after his birth, with the traditional crêpes made by SAGE and served by seventh and eighth-grade French students. ESD's La Chandeleur was rescheduled from February 2 when the campus was closed for inclement weather.


Read more about Chef Lewis here and at the Edna Lewis Foundation.