Lajollacooks4u Collaborates with the San Diego Food Bank

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Five-week cooking series teaches students basic cooking and kitchen prep skills.

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Lajollacooks4u is pleased to announce it is collaborating with the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank as part of a five-week cooking series with a local elementary school.

For 90 minutes each week, Callie Brust, the Food Bank’s Nutrition and Wellness Educator, and Chef Jodi Abel, Founder of Lajollacooks4u, guide a group of 4th and 5th grade students through a variety of lessons, such as cooking safety, food preparation, knife skills and nutritious meal selection. Then, Abel assists the children in preparing some of her company’s signature dishes, such as black bean and vegetable whole wheat quesadillas, cauliflower fried rice and quinoa with black bean and corn.

Callie Brust said, “Chef Jodi is a natural and such a gifted chef. It is our greatest pleasure to be collaborating with her on this very special project! We hope to take our program to additional schools in the New Year.”

Abel first became involved with the Food Bank through its Food 4 Kids Backpack program, which provides chronically hungry elementary school students with backpacks full of food each Friday to help them through the weekend. Now on the Board for their upcoming 2018 Gala next April, she jumped at the chance to become even more involved.

“I’ve always been passionate about feeding people, so when it came to my attention so many in our community struggle with hunger, it really hit home for me," Abel said. "I’m so grateful for this opportunity to help more in need and increase awareness of this worthy cause.”

About the Food Bank:
The Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank is the largest hunger-relief organization in San Diego County. Last year, the Food Bank distributed 26 million pounds of food, and the Food Bank serves, on average, 370,000 people per month in San Diego County. The Food Bank works to acquire, store, organize and distribute food through a network of 400 nonprofit partner organizations that include food pantries, soup kitchens, homeless and residential shelters, youth programs, senior centers and low-income daycare centers in communities throughout San Diego County. The Food Bank also distributes food directly to those in need at 180 distribution sites throughout the county.

For more information on the Food Bank and its many programs, please visit

About Lajollacooks4u:
Lajollacooks4u is San Diego’s premiere team-building and cooking events company. Founded in 2008, it has hosted companies from all over the globe, providing guests with a collaborative and one-of-a-kind culinary experience. With skilled facilitators, farm-to-table cuisine and a stunning view overlooking La Jolla, Lajollacooks4u has consistently been ranked one of the area’s top attractions by Trip Advisor, having been awarded its Certificate of Excellence three years in a row.

For more information about the company’s hands-on team building events and gourmet cooking classes, please visit

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