Since 2012, our Market Baskets program has provided free educational classes to community members on how  to make healthy, nutrient-rich food into easy-to-make, affordable meals. Hillview finds importance in educating everyone from every background, economic status, and age group to learn how to best fuel our bodies. We know that when everyone in our community has access to healthy food, our collective community becomes stronger. 

The classes were held at various places including the Erickson Boys & Girls Club, HOPE Academy, WAFER Food Pantry, and Southside Neighborhood Center. Partners in some of the classes included UW-Extension Nutrition and the Viterbo Dietetic department.

For a full list of classes for the rest of 2019, go here

Contact Natalie Kostman for more information about the Market Baskets program. 

Our Future Iron Chef program (FIC)

The Future Iron Chef program seeks to reach teens at a critical time and get them excited about eating healthy and delicious food. We achieve this by assembling teens from from local high schools or service agencies and matching them with diverse local chefs. The teams are trained in basic kitchen skills and flavor creation and get to see a working kitchen in action. Everyone involved meets up at a public event and show off what they have learned by presenting plates to judges and giving samples to audience. Each team is scored on flavor, presentation, healthy choices, and teamwork. Prizes are given to all!

We are full of gratitude for the 2018 teams from the YWCA Teen Lead program, Erickson Boys and Girls Club, and 7 Rivers Community High School. Huge appreciation goes to chefs Adrian Lipscombe of Uptowne Cafe, Thippi Luangprasueth of Dim Sum Tea Shop, and Cesar Tafoya of Iguanas Mexican Street Cafe. We are also excited to announce Teen Lead and Cesar Tafoya as the 2018 Future Iron Chef Champs! Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield was our special event sponsor for the 2018 Future Iron Chef Competition.

In 2016 we worked with professional Chef, Shawn McManus and owner of Savory Creations, to train four groups of teens from Ho Chunk Nation, YMCA, Seven Rivers High School, and Boys and Girls Club and we set up for one of those teams to compete at the 2016 Mayor’s Conference with the theme Food in the City. The 2016 Future Iron Chef Competition was made possible by a generous grant from the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration (FSPA)

The Future Iron Chef program would not be possible without the support of our cooking program sponsors-Mayo Clinic Health System, Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration, and People’s Food Co-op.