The following post was written by Rebecca Meekins, our rockstar sweetgreen in schools intern. Today marks Rebecca’s last day at sweetgreen before moving on to a new curriculum development role with the Global Aid Network, a missions-based humanitarian aid organization that works with developing countries. Please join us in saying thanks and wishing Rebecca the best of luck!
For the past school year, I have been responsible for teaching our sweetgreen in schools curriculum to the students at the two different elementary schools in DC: Capital City Public Charter School and Seaton Elementary. It has been a blast helping the children learn about everything from nutrition to sustainability, and watching them get excited about eating salads –- they’ve even started asking for seconds!
One of my favorite parts of the program was bringing some of the students on a class trip to sweetlife, where they participated in various hands-on activities with our partners: learning how to knead dough with Bakery de France, attending a private acoustic set by Austin Bis at the schoolhouse, taste testing local strawberries with Fresh Farm, and helping local artist Kelly Towles paint an on-site mural.
Some other highlights from the end of the year include…
1. These sweet postcards written by the students at Seaton Elementary:
2. This amazing ‘veggie rap’ created and performed by the students at Capital City Public Charter:
As I close out my year as an intern, I am so thankful that I was able to work with sweetgreen in schools and can’t wait to see where the program will head next!
Seasoned with bay leaves and thyme, then oven-roasted to lock in the flavor, this local vegetable medley is what summer should taste like.
While we can’t give away the exact recipe, we can tell you that these vitamin-packed veggies are a breeze to replicate at home on the grill! Give it a try this Father’s Day or your next summer barbecue and let us know what your taste buds think!
It’s been 3 weeks since Phoenix, Passion Pit, Kendrick and the rest of the #sweetlife2013 acts kept us dancing all day long – rain or shine. Now that everything from tweets to trash has been counted, we bring you the official festival infographic.
Plus, don’t miss out on your chance to win a #sweetlife2013 poster signed by none other than Phoenix! Simply follow us on instagram and like or comment on this photo to enter.
It’s a scientific fact that lemonade and summer go together perfectly, but we don’t need science to tell you just how refreshing this month’s blueberry basil lemonade tastes.
Enjoy it at any of our sweetgreen locations alongside the June salad (featuring local roasted asparagus, yellow squash + zucchini), or bust out your favorite pitcher and make it at home with this simple recipe.
Thanks to everyone who joined us on Saturday for #sweetlife2013! The performances, the food, and the semi-cooperative weather made it an unforgettable event.
Here are some of our favorite moments from the festival – especially watching Tomas Mars jumping into the crowd during Phoenix’s set! See some of yours here or share more on instagram and twitter with #sweetlife2013.
Whether you’d heard of them before #sweetlife2013 or fell in love at the festival, you’ll definitely want to get your hands on MS MR‘s debut album that hits shelves today.
Secondhand Rapture builds on the 4 track EP that the Brooklyn-based band released just a few months ago, Candy Bar Creep Show. MS MR garnered a lot of attention when their song ”Bones“ was featured on the trailer for the third season of Game of Thrones, but that’s not the only reason they’ve been so successful.
From the driving and dramatic “Hurricane” to the dancy and distant “No Trace,” Secondhand Rapture takes MS MR beyond their so-called “Tumblr glitch pop” sound. Maintaining their love for roaring drums and dreamy vocals, the album delivers a marching beat and droning undertones that build into a full-fledged stomp. The somewhat eerie and often indecipherable lyrics from Lizzy Plapinger, the MS, flaunt a dance-inciting melody, built up by Max Hershenow, the MR.
The bottom line: MS MR has discovered a unique and charismatic sound… and they’re running full speed ahead with it. Check out “Ash Tree Lane,” “Salty Sweet,” “Think of You” and more below or buy the album here.
Passion Pit was formed in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 2007. Since then, the band has produced two albums: 2009′s Manners and this past year’s critically acclaimed Gossamer.
Gossamer features the layered choruses and beautiful melodies that we’ve come to expect from Passion Pit, but its lyrics are deeper than the average pop album. Perhaps that’s because Passion Pit is anything but average.
Known for their charismatic stage presence and exciting shows, Passion Pit is a performance you won’t want to miss at #sweetlife2013!
Listen to Gossamer before the festival, which includes the hit “Carried Away” featured here!