Chef Renee Kelly, chef/owner of Harvest and Bravo “Top Chef” contestant will emcee the I am Here Awards on March 2. She will also lead a breakout session on local food in schools.
Harvest is a farm to table restaurant and 24 Carrot Gold partner. Carrot Gold is a certification program for eating establishments that purchase local ingredients, use sustainable kitchen practices and offer healthy menu items.
This hero for all things homegrown has surrounded Harvest, her 100-year-old castle, with berry gardens. And she regularly takes her kitchen staff to visit many farms.
Kelly makes TV appearances to raise awareness about the power of local seasonal foods and the importance of healthy eating. She also has appeared on Bravo’s Top Chef, The Moth 2016 and has contributed to the Kansas City Star’s food blog, Chow Town.
“I cannot help but feel empowered each and every time I’m around Renee, and I’m sure the kids will feel the same,” says Alicia Ellingsworth, farm to institution manager for KC Healthy Kids. “She has a great way of connecting with people of all ages.”
The public is invited to the I Am Here Awards, where winners of our I Am Here photo contest will receive checks for $1,000. Six classrooms will take the stage to talk about their own communities and the changes they want to make there. One group will take home an additional $1,500 grand prize.
The awards ceremony will held during lunch at Champions for Health, KC Healthy Kids’ Youth Summit, on March 2. There, more than 200 kids will learn to speak out for healthier food in schools, walkable communities, urban farms, gardens and more.