The Boys & Girls Clubs of Venice (BGCV) recently partnered with Yellow Fever, an Asian, fast casual restaurant in Venice, to provide a free Food and Culture Cooking Class to high school Club members. Nine teens were invited to learn basic food preparation techniques, kitchen safety, plating, culture and kitchen operations, and customer service. Founder of Yellow Fever, chef Kelly Kim remarked, “As a Venice business, our philanthropy focuses on building community, especially with young people. We’re excited to teach the kids food preparation skills, healthy eating, and introduce flavors that they may not have experienced before.” Added Ryan, a Senior at Venice High School, “I didn’t think I would like furikake (a seaweed-based condiment used in Japanese cooking) in the French fries, or Lychee Lemonade, but now I do.”
In addition, the teens participated in a scavenger hunt at a local farmers’ market to learn about different types of fruits and vegetables, and took a guided tasting tour of Whole Foods Market to explore healthy snacks like raw nuts. On the last day, students donned their aprons and hats, and, working in teams, prepared items from Yellow Fever’s menu, including grilled marinated flat iron steak, which was plated with a farmers market fried egg, toasted sesame seeds, marinated mushrooms, kale and carrot slaw—all over a bed of tender rice noodles. Spicy, pungent Korean gochu sauce topped off the dish. With Lychee Lemonade in one hand and chopsticks in another, they feasted on the sweet and savory flavors of Asia.
Ahhh…the end to a perfect day in Venice.
Photos by Venice Paparazzi’s Jenny Rolapp
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DINE LOCAL! EAT AT YELLOW FEVER! Yellow Fever loves all things Asian – both the food and the culture. We offer several popular Asian flavors under one roof, with each dish brought up to date through the use of high-quality ingredients. Our seven Signature Bowls have been thoughtfully crafted using low-gluten recipes, premium meats, hormone- and antibiotic-free chicken, non-GMO and locally-grown ingredients and, of course, organic produce whenever possible. Needless to say, none of our bowls have any added MSG. These are not your mama’s rice bowls!
For those who crave a bit more, Yellow Fever has a variety of chef-driven side dishes from our popular Parmesan Furikake Fries to homemade Ugly Egg Rolls. To finish it off, try one of our hand-made specialty drinks. Visit www.yellowfevereats.com