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“…underfed or overfed, people aren’t getting the nutrients and vitamins that lead to proper development.” – The Chicago Tribune

Watch 312 Chicago
March 14, 2013
Common Threads' World Festival


Chef Art Smith gathered more than 65 chefs for World Festival 2013 including Gail Simmons, Jaime Laurita, Bill Telepan, Kevin Hickey, Bill Kim, Ryan Poli, and Tony Priolo to celebrate Common Threads 10th anniversary!

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Watch 312 Chicago

Candid Candace
March 14, 2013

COMMON THREADS CELEBRATES 10 YEARS WITH WORLD FEST!

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Candid Candace

ChicagoNow
March 9, 2013
Common Threads Celebrates 10th Anniversary at World Festival 2013 with 65 Top Chefs


Common Threads celebrated its 7th annual World Festival and the 10th anniversary of this non-profit organization, an after school cooking program that hopes to get one million American kids moving away from fast food and toward healthy meals with their families by 2017.  It's a lofty goal, but with the dedication and passion shown by founders Chef Art Smith, artist Jesus Salguiero and executive director Linda Novick O'Keefe, it is sure to happen sooner rather than later.

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ChicagoNow

ABC7 Midday News
March 4, 2013

Common Threads World Festival Chicago at Soldier Field, March 4-6

Common Threads' 7th Annual World Festival at Soldier Field features dishes specially prepared by many of Chicago's top chefs, including Lockwood Restaurant's Executive Chef Joseph Rose.

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ABC7 Midday News

WGN News
March 4, 2013

Lunchbreak: Sushi rolls

Common Threads chef supporter Chef Beverly Kim makes sushi roll with Common Threads student on WGN News. 

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WGN News

PR Newswire
March 4, 2013

The Walmart Foundation Provides More Than 250,000 Americans with Access to School Breakfast and Nutrition Education

Today, the 
Walmart Foundation kicked off National Nutrition Month and National School Breakfast Week by announcing $6.7 million in grants to five national nonprofit organizations that are providing children with school breakfast and helping families develop better eating habits. The grants are part of Walmart and the Walmart Foundation's $2 billion cash and in-kind commitment through 2015 to help fight hunger in America and Walmart's 2011 initiative to provide customers with healthier and more affordable food choices.

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PR Newswire

Grub Street Chicago
March 4, 2013
What To Do On Monday Night: Common Threads World Festival


Trolley ride with Gail Simmons (Food & Wine)? Snapping Turtle Soup straight from Rick Tramonto's acclaimed New Orleans spot Restaurant R'evolution? Those are just two of the experiences waiting for you at tonight's 7th Annual World Festival at Soldier Field's United Club, benefiting Common Threads, which ?has been teaching school-based nutrition and health education programs to underserved communities in Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, Palo Alto and Washington DC for 10 years.

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Grub Street Chicago

AChicagoThing
February 25, 2013
Common Threads Celebrates 10 Years With World Festival At Soldier Field


Common Threads is holding their 7th Annual World Festival at Soldier Field on Monday, March 4th from 6-9 PM to celebrate the organization's 19th anniversary.

Based in Chicago and founded in 2003 by Chef Art Smith and his partner, artist Jesus Salgueiro, with foundingCEO Linda Novick O'Keefe. Common Threads has been teaching school-based nutrition education programs to underserved communities in Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, East Palo Alto, and Washington D.C. for 10 years.

Bravo's "Top Chef" judge Gail Simmons, ChicagoNow's Candace Jordan, and Rockit Ranch Productions' Billy Dec are among attendees joining the Chicago-themed celebration.

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AChicagoThing

EATER Chicago
February 5, 2013
Common Threads Celebrates 10 Years with World Festival at Soldier Field


They say, shoot for the moon because even if you miss, you'll land among the stars. For Art Smith, Jesus Salgueiro and Linda Novick O'Keefe, their dream to establish an organization teaching low-income children how to cook through globally-inspired food has not only evolved into one of the country's leading charities, they've also created little stars in the kitchen throughCommon Threads. Eater spoke with Smith and O'Keefe about their five-year plan and the upcoming World Festival hosted by Food & Wine editor-in-chief and Top Chef judge, Gail Simmons.

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EATER Chicago

Food World News
November 20, 2012

On November 19, 2012 The Quaker Oats Company based in Chicago, a division of PepsiCo, announced its support of Common Threads, an organization dedicated to educating children about the importance of nutrition and physical well-being and fostering an appreciation of cultural diversity through cooking. Quaker is in a unique position to help inspire and enable families to choose nutritious food.


Read the entire article at:
http://www.foodworldnews.com/articles/3167/20121120/quaker-common-threads-educate-importance-nutritions.htm

Food World News

PepsiCo Quaker
November 19, 2012

Quaker® And Common Threads Cook Up Ways To Help Fuel Healthy Families

CHICAGO, Nov. 19, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- As one of the most trusted food companies, The Quaker Oats Company, a division of PepsiCo, is in a unique position to help inspire and enable families to choose nutritious food to help get them going and keep them going throughout their busy days. As part of that mission, Quaker is proud to announce its support of Common Threads, an organization dedicated to educating children about the importance of nutrition and physical well-being and fostering an appreciation of cultural diversity through cooking.

These two food-focused organizations both call Chicago their home and also share a common goal of providing nourishing food solutions to local families. Common Threads has developed in-school and after-school programs for elementary school students in Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami and Washington, D.C. designed to take them on a world adventure as they prepare nutritious meals rooted in diverse cultural heritages. Quaker's contributions to Common Threads have funded 25 percent of the classes in the Chicagoland area this fall.

"Quaker is a special brand that has been nourishing families for 135 years, and we will continue to do so through what we call our triangle of health: nourishment, physical activity and education," says Jose Luis Prado, President, Quaker Foods North America. "Common Threads is a perfect partner as an organization that focuses on these same pillars by making food fun, educating students at a young age and instilling healthy habits that can last a lifetime."

Read the entire press release here:

http://www.pepsico.com/PressRelease/Quaker-And-Common-Threads-Cook-Up-Ways-To-Help-Fuel-Healthy-Families11192012.html


PepsiCo Quaker

QSR Magazine
November 2012
Peter Nolan, Roti Mediterranean Grill's Director of Marketing talks to Common Threads kids about what healthy eating means to them and their communities.
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QSR Magazine

Miami Herald
3/30/12
http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/03/30/v-fullstory/2723672/cooking-lessons-open-new-healthful.html




Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/03/30/v-fullstory/2723672/cooking-lessons-open-new-healthful.html#storylink=cpy

Cooking lessons open new, healthful worlds for kids
 
Programs at Miami-Dade schools are teaching kids how to cook wholesome meals, eating healthy and planting their own vegetables and fruits.

Miami Herald

Huffington Post Spring Cleaning
3/22/12
Common Threads Executive Director Linda Novick O'Keefe's latest Huffington Post Blog is up! Spring Cleaning Your Cuisine!

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/linda-novick-okeefe/healthy-habits_b_1370769.html?ref=food



Huffington Post Spring Cleaning

Chicago Sun Times Elizabeth Hamel
3/11/12

http://www.suntimes.com/lifestyles/society/11400896-452/top-chef-charity-is-top-shelf.html


Check out Elizabeth Hamel's society coverage of our event at The James Hotel on March 11th.

Chicago Sun Times Elizabeth Hamel

Watch 312
3/14/12
http://watch312.com/

Check out Watch312's coverage of the Chefs' Charity Dinner March 11th, 2012 at the James Hotel!



Watch 312

Medill Report
2.24.2012
Young adults who can cook are a minority
                    

Cooking 101 isn't a class you see on many college schedules.  But should it be?  Research shows young adults are lacking a basic life skill.  Natalie Brunell reports on the growing generation of non-cooks.

http://news.medill.northwestern.edu/chicago/news.aspx?id=201202

Medill Report

Huffington Post Blog - Too Fat to Fight
December 7th, 2011
Childhood obesity is a national security issue.

What? Did I understand that correctly? Of course excess weight is a health risk, and it becomes a wider social issue when we consider the devastating effect poor diet has on children's learning abilities. But it took the commanding words of David Lawrence, Jr., to open my eyes to the actual security risks America has incurred after decades of neglecting kids' nutritional well-being.

Lawrence was one of the keynote speakers at this week's inaugural Building a Healthier Future Summit in Washington. The summit was organized the Partnership for a Healthier America, which works with the private sector and its honorary chairwoman Michelle Obama to tackle the country's obesity crisis.

To read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/linda-novick-okeefe/too-fat-to-fight_b_1133758.html


Huffington Post Blog - Too Fat to Fight

Balancing Act on Lifetime Television
October 17, 2011

(Pompano Beach, FL) Despite sometimes being raised with less than healthy food habits, kids are now learning how to cook for themselves and teaching their families how to live healthier lives. Make sure to tune in to this special ‘myHealth’ edition of “The Balancing Act” October, 17th at 7:00am (ET/PT) on Lifetime Television. Special guests Linda Novick O’Keefe, Executive Director of Common Threads and Lisa Gable, President of the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation (HWCF) join the show to talk about a program where kids are learning to take the lead on family nutrition and health.


To watch the episode visit:

http://www.thebalancingact.com/video/?v=VDWSQVM6C02748


Balancing Act on Lifetime Television

The Oldways Table
July 15, 2011
I love my job, and some days even more than others!  This week was one of those times, when I had the opportunity to meet up with Linda Novick O’Keefe, the Executive Director of an amazing non-profit called Common Threads.  Linda was in Boston for a few meetings so we met to talk about the synergies between our non-profits and learn about the work we are both doing to change the way people eat.  As we chatted we decided it would be fun to do a little Q&A to introduce Common Threads to any of our followers who may not know about their work making nutrition and food fun for children.

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The Oldways Table

Huffington Post
July 19, 2011

In the fight against childhood obesity in the United States, we are getting back to basics. We know that simple things like eating more plant-based foods, exercise, nutritional knowledge and portion control can have a huge impact. The Obama administration's recent release of MyPlate gives us a clear visual of proper portion control and First Lady Michelle Obama's incredible leadership with the Let's Move campaign and White House garden have shown us all that there is no single solution, rather we need to work together to address this epidemic with urgency.

While the above solutions are simply stated, and may even seem intuitive, the challenges to implementing them can be much more complicated, especially in low-income areas where childhood obesity is much more prevalent. We saw this in ABC's Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution in which he addressed the quality of school lunches and the financial and institutional challenges in improving them.

 

To read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/linda-novick-okeefe/the-elephant-in-the-kitch_b_902523.html


Huffington Post

Northwest Indiana Times
June 21, 2011

The Crosstown Classic is a rite of summer. As the Sox and Cubs square off at home, their major-league rivalry explodes likes Bill Veeck's scoreboard. South Siders slag the Cubs. North Siders slam the Sox. It's as Chicago as beer and brats. One might guess the annual Crosstown Culinary Classic -- where veteran chef/Sox fan Kevin Hickey challenges a Cubbie-loving crony to a cook-off -- is a recipe for disaster. One would be wrong.

The fifth baseball-themed, five-course dinner and silent auction, starting at 6:30 p.m. Friday at the Four Seasons Hotel Chicago, is more fun than a grand slam. It's also for a good cause. Besides, "I always win," grinned Hickey, executive chef at the hotel.

Avec chef Koren Grieveson rose to the bait. "Seriously?" the avid Cubs fan scoffed, throwing her ponytail back like a tequila shot. "Bring it on!" She's ready. The fiesty 30something even donned a Cubs cap and jersey for an advance photo shoot at the Four Seasons. Whereas Bridgeport native, Hickey, 42, was bareheaded.

A Sox cap "might mess up his hair," Grieveson teased her well-tressed foe.

The caps are too small, retorted Hickey, a one-time batboy for the South Siders. But check out the Sox patch on his white chef's jacket. "Koren smashed it into my chest," he deadpanned. For all the trash-talking -- and Grieveson aiming a bat at Hickey's kneecaps -- the foodies are friends with a shared passion for cooking and a pet charity. The chefs met about six years ago as volunteers at Common Threads.
For full article: http://www.nwitimes.com/lifestyles/food-and-cooking/article_10aeb866-4d15-5922-b6ee-5971ad88de09.html


Northwest Indiana Times

NBC5 covers the Culinary Crosstown Classic
June 20, 2011

NBC5's Coverage of the Culinary Crosstown Classic, featuring Crosstown "Rivals" Kevin Hickey of Seasons Restaurant (Sox), and Koren Grieveson of Avec (Cubs).

View the story with video here:

http://www.nbcchicago.com/the-scene/food-drink/Chefs-Square-Off-in-Crosstown-Culinary-Classic.html

June 20, 2011 (Chicago) -- The South Side and North Side rivalry will heat up in the kitchen on Friday two of the city's top chefs team up.

Four Seasons Hotel Chicago Executive Chef Kevin Hickey -- who reps the Sox -- and avec's Koren Grieveson -- a Cubs fan -- are hosting a baseball-themed dinner and silent auction.

The event will be held at Season's restaurant and benefits the Common Threads organization, which teaches low-income children to cook wholesome meals. 

The award-winning chefs will offer their own creative interpretations of baseball park snacks in the multi-course menu. 



NBC5 covers the Culinary Crosstown Classic

USDA Hosts 2nd Annual Hispanic Heritage Food Fiesta
10/07/11

Yesterday, hundreds of USDA employees gathered in the Whitten Patio to enjoy a celebratory food tasting in commemoration of Hispanic Heritage Month.  More than two dozen employees volunteered as chefs to bring their homemade Hispanic cuisine to headquarters for the event. Among them was Under Secretary Ed Avalos, who cooked Red Chile, a traditional red sauce with meat spiced with New Mexico’s chile peppers. The Food Fiesta was truly a USDA family affair—Russell Avalos served portions of his father’s red chile, beans, and tortillas to lines of guests wrapped around the Patio.

Max Finberg, Director of the Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, welcomed the guests in celebrating the many Hispanic roots represented at USDA. Febe Ortiz, Acting Departmental Hispanic Employment Program Manager, encouraged guests to ask the volunteer chefs about each dish’s history, a reminder that our collective Hispanic heritage represents over 25 countries of origin here in the United States. The menu reflected that array, including Puerto Rican rice and beans, Mexican mole, Spanish flan, and Salvadoran tamales. Father Mario Dorsonville, Vice President for Mission of Catholic Community Services, blessed the food before inviting guests to begin eating.

The Food Fiesta also hosted Common Threads’ DC supporting chef Pedro Matamoros of 8407 Kitchen Bar, who generously shared tuna tartare cornets with avocado, chipotle aioli, and micro cilantro. Common Threads is a non-profit organization that educates children on the importance of nutrition and physical well-being with the mission of fostering an appreciation for cultural diversity through cooking. Common Threads’ after-school cooking and gardening classes and summer camps reach over 6,300 children and families in low-income neighborhoods. Chef Pedro was joined by four Common Threads students from E.W. Stokes charter school, which was recently awarded DC’s first Gold Award of Distinction in USDA’s HealthierUS School Challenge. The students told guests about how they’ve learned to cook healthy meals that their families enjoy.

 

Sinceri Guerrero, Food Safety Inspection Service serves tamales to U. S. Department of Agriculture employees during the Second Annual Hispanic Heritage Food Fiesta to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month at USDA in Washington, DC, on Thursday, October 6, 2011. Guerrero was one of the USDA employee chef volunteers along with Celebrity chefs who cooked Hispanic cuisine. USDA Photo by Bob Nichols.

Celebrating food is part of USDA’s history, and making sure Americans have enough food to eat is a job the Department takes seriously.  That’s why USDA launched La Mesa Completa (The Complete Table), an initiative to reduce hunger in the Latino community by improving access and increasing participation in USDA nutrition assistance programs. The Fiesta brought La Mesa Completa to life by reminding guests of USDA’s role in putting food on the tables of Latino families and by celebrating the very food that brings the USDA family together. As Finberg reminded the audience, quoting Cesar Chavez, “The fight is never about the grapes or the lettuce. It is always about the people.”

This event was sponsored by the Employees Active in Transformation (EAT) Committee and the Organization of Professional Employees, U.S. Department of Agriculture (OPEDA).


USDA Hosts 2nd Annual Hispanic Heritage Food Fiesta

Foodservice Monthly
June 2011

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Foodservice Monthly

ABC 7 Chicago
June 2, 2011

June 2, 2011 (CHICAGO) (WLS) -- After two decades as the symbol of good nutrition in this country, the food pyramid is being replaced by a plate.

The Agriculture Department says ''My Plate,'' its new healthy eating symbol, aims to show that nutrition doesn't have to be complicated.

"My Plate" -- a simple circle divided into quadrants that contain fruits, vegetables, protein and grains -- will replace USDA's food pyramid, which has been around in various forms since 1992.

To watch the segment: http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=news%2Fhealth&id=8167333


ABC 7 Chicago

WCIU's You and Me This Morning
May 27, 2011

Teaching kids to cook healthy while exposing them to cultural diversity, chef Art Smith’s Common Threads is expanding horizons here and across the country.

http://www.wciu.com/youandme.php?section=home&assets=videos&assetID=10005739


WCIU's You and Me This Morning

COMMON THREADS ANNOUNCES 2010 PROGRAM EVALUATION KEY FINDINGS
May 2011

COMMON THREADS ANNOUNCES 2010 PROGRAM EVALUATION KEY FINDINGS
National Non-Profit Served 12,333 Healthy Affordable Meals During After-School, Summer Camp Programming

CHICAGO (MAY 2011) – Common Threads, the national non-profit organization that teaches low-income children to cook wholesome, affordable ethnic meals, is excited to release the 2010 program evaluation findings.  With headquarters in Chicago, Common Threads has impacted over 4,000 students and parents annually in Chicago, Miami, DC and LA.

“With childhood obesity at alarming levels, it is critical for us to focus resources on reversing this trend of generations of non-cookers and educating families on the importance of nutrition and physical well-being. This is really as simple as making home-cooked family meals a priority,” says Executive Director Linda Novick O’Keefe. “We are serious about our theory of change. Our approach to teach, build and empower, positions our families for success to achieve a higher outcome of taking part in the family meal--studies indicate that families that eat together 3-4 nights a week, those children are less likely to be obese, drink, smoke, do drugs and receive better grades.”

Through a partnership with the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Center for Urban Economic Development, Common Threads’ 2010 programs revealed the following key findings:

• 66% of children feel they can cook all the time with the skills they have learned at Common Threads
• 54% of children said that in Common Threads classes they get to do things they usually do not get to do anywhere else
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COMMON THREADS ANNOUNCES 2010 PROGRAM EVALUATION KEY FINDINGS

Plum TV; Miami
April 26, 2011

Celebrity Chef Michelle Bernstein speaks about Common Threads, a program that educates children on the importance of nutrition and physical well-being and aims to foster an appreciation of cultural diversity through cooking.


See segment here: http://www.plumtv.com/videos/common-threads


Plum TV; Miami

ABC 7 Easter Sunday
April 24, 2011

Easter can be the perfect time to get the family together and prepare a meal.

So why not take the opportunity to teach your children about eating healthy food and learn about cultural differences as well? That is the goal of the organization Common Threads which teaches low-income children to cook wholesome and affordable meals. Every year, the group selects Small Threads, children who are especially enthusiastic and have shown leadership skills. Chef Curtis Jones with Common Threads joined us in our ABC7 studio, along with some Small Threads, to show us how to make an easy breakfast.

Watch the live segment here:

http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=resources/lifestyle_community&id=8090732

 


ABC 7 Easter Sunday

ABM Adventura Business Monthly
April 2011

Chef Michelle Bernstein talks about Common Threads...read full article:

http://www.aventurabusinessmonthly.com/abj/michellebernstein-abj.shtml

 


ABM Adventura Business Monthly

Gapers Block
3/25/2011

Cooking is making a comeback. Of course, to a degree, it never left--people will always apply to heat to their food so, at the very least, it isn't toxic. But the culinary renaissance we're experiencing is less about the simple necessity of sating hunger and more about galvanizing culture, promoting good health, and reintroducing the communal bonds food can enable. First Lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move initiative is educating children and families on the benefits of healthy eating habits; and celebrity chef Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution has campaigned to get more nutritious menus in schools.

In Chicago, the non-profit organization Common Threads is front and center in the movement. Co-founded by chef Art Smith in 2003, the organization has a simple goal: to use food as a tool to build cultural awareness and strengthen family bonds. What started as a small initiative at Shoesmith Elementary in Hyde Park has ballooned into a national organization buttressed by a lineup of all-star chefs, including Paul Kahan of Blackbird and Chris Nugent of Les Nomades.

 

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Gapers Block

USA Today: Weingarten is a face-to-face philanthropist
November 23, 2010

  By Oren Dorell

  For Charlie Annenberg Weingarten, giving away money is personal. Explore, his branch of the $1.6 billion Annenberg Foundation, gives away millions of dollars every year, but Weingarten doesn't accept grant proposals or give money from a distance. He spends time with people whose causes he believes in and    films the visits to call attention to what they do.

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USA Today: Weingarten is a face-to-face philanthropist

AOL's Kitchen Daily
December 27, 2010

The possibilities are endless when you put a kid in a kitchen. For the kids of the nationwide cause Common Threads, those possibilities are endless at least once a week. Common Threads is a unique organization co-founded by celebrity chef Art Smith (Oprah Winfrey's former chef). Providing local cooking classes to the children of low-income families, it teaches kids to prepare cuisines from around the world while doing it in a fun, fresh and healthy manner. While participating in the Common Threads World Festival in Miami (a fundraiser that showcased some of the best chefs and food Miami has to offer), I got a chance to speak with the kids themselves.

Read more: http://www.kitchendaily.com/2010/12/20/common-threads-kids-cooking-class/#ixzz19KkpToKe

AOL's Kitchen Daily

Vitamin M's Stocking Stuffer Gift Guide
December 13, 2010

As the holiday quickly approaches, I was encouraged to make suggestions for a healthy, foodie gift guide.  I hope the suggestions below help you find great stocking stuffer for the nutrition nut or foodie on your list.

Common Threads Cookbook:  Looking for a gift for a young, but aspiring chef?  Purchase Chef Art Smith’s cook book for kids.  Each nutritionally balanced, affordable dish feeds a family of four using ingredients that can be purchased for $10 or less, not including basic pantry items! This multicultural collection teaches families–those of Common Threads’ students and your’s –to cook wholesome food with fresh ingredients on a tight budget while celebrating culinary diversity.  Vitamin M tip: Proceeds of this charitable gift go to Common Threads, which teaches low-income children to cook wholesome and affordable meals because we believe that through hands-on cooking classes they can help prevent childhood obesity and reverse the trend of generations of non-cookers.

http://thevitaminm.wordpress.com/2010/12/13/vitamin-ms-stocking-stuffer-gift-guide/


Vitamin M's Stocking Stuffer Gift Guide

Miami World Festival
November 2, 2010
Miami New Times

It seemed troubling yesterday morning when only 140 of the $125 tickets for World Festival Miami at the Palms had sold. But a crowd of at least 300 showed and was greeted by bright-eyed, smiling kids who benefit from Common Threads, a nonprofit that educates mostly low-income children about the importance of nutrition and physical well-being.

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Miami World Festival

Punctuation Mark: Team Elie
October 27, 2010
If you've been reading this blog for a while you might have heard that I'm involved in a great program called Common Threads in which we teach children from Low-income families about nutrition, culture and cooking. Today, I wanted to introduce you to my team of kids out of the whole group we work with every Monday.

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Punctuation Mark: Team Elie

The Huffington Post: "Meatless Monday: Discovering Common Threads"
October 24, 2010

It's never too late to learn to cook. But professional chefs including Art Smith, Jamie Oliver and Michelle Bernstein think it's best to get 'em in the kitchen while they're young. That way, kids learn not just how to cook, but how to eat. They value themselves and how their food is grown and produced -- lessons worth learning at any age.

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Miami New Times: Michelle Bernstein, Jeff McInnis, and Kris Wessel to Cook for Common Threads Benefit
October 11, 2010

Common Threads co-founder Art Smith will chair the first Miami benefit for the organization. It's a lineup worthy of an All-Star team if cooking had a midsummer classic. Check the line-up....

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Miami New Times: Michelle Bernstein, Jeff McInnis, and Kris Wessel to Cook for Common Threads Benefit

Art Smith for The Huffington Post: The Power of Food.
June 8, 2010

On June 4, I was fortunate enough to be among the hundreds of chefs who visited the White House South Lawn, eagerly supporting First Lady Michelle Obama's launch of the "Chefs Move to Schools" program.

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Art Smith for The Huffington Post: The Power of Food.

Food & Wine Magazine: Star Chefs Making a Difference
June 2010

Art Smith on Childhood Obesity

After Oprah Winfrey asked my partner, artist Jesus Salgueiro, and me to cook in New York for families who had been affected by 9/11, we began to think about ways to bring people together.

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Food & Wine Magazine: Star Chefs Making a Difference

NBC5 Segment on Common Threads
June 2010

Famous chefs in Chicago are joining the battle against childhood obesity by leading cooking classes for elementary school children in an effort to turn the kids away from junk food.
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NBC5 Segment on Common Threads

Sears Chef Challenge
June 2010

Chef Billy Parisi interviews Common Threads' Staff, leading up to the Sears Chef Challenge where Chef Ron Aleman has chosen Common Threads as his charity.

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Sears Chef Challenge

Miami Herald - Students learn how to cook tasty and nutritious meals
April 15, 2010


Miami Herald - Students learn how to cook tasty and nutritious meals

Chicago Tribune - Schools Eat Up Food Info
April 14, 2010

Chicago Public Scools officials have announced new, healthier school lunch menus, but a big question remains: Will kids eat them?

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Chicago Tribune - Schools Eat Up Food Info

Chef Art Smith at Common Threads Bash
March 16, 2010

LeeAnn Trotter hits the annual Common Threads fundraiser and bumps into a few superstar chefs along the way.

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Chef Art Smith at Common Threads Bash

What Should Kids Learn to Cook for Themselves
March 2, 2010

An article in Feast with quotes from chefs about what the most important meal for kids should be.

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What Should Kids Learn to Cook for Themselves

Celeb chef Art Smith turns 50
03/01/2010

Celebrity chef Art Smith celebrated his 50th birthday at a special brunch at David Barton Gym.

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Celeb chef Art Smith turns 50

Fox News Sunday: Power Player of the Week
February 14, 2010

Forrest Sawyer interviews Chef Art Smith about Common Threads and the power of children in the kitchen.

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Fox News Sunday: Power Player of the Week

Miami Herald September
September 10, 2009

Chef Michelle Bernstein held an intimate dinner in North Miami with Chef Art Smith to benefit Common Threads.

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Miami Herald September

Chicago Works
August 26, 2009

Chicago Works interview with students, Chefs and Jillayne Samatas during Summer Camp 2009.

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Chicago Works

Miami Photograph
August 7, 2009

Chef Michelle Bernstein, interviewed about her restaurants and starting Common Threads Miami.

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Miami Photograph

NBC Nightly News: Making A Difference
August 29, 2008
NBC's Tamron Hall reports on how Art Smith is using his cooking skills to teach- and feed- young hearts and minds.
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NBC Nightly News: Making A Difference

YouTube
March 17, 2008

Chicago Tonight’s exposé on Common Threads
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BizBash Chicago
March 31, 2008

Chef Art Smith has friends in high (or highly gourmet) places. This much was evident at the third annual Common Threads’ World Festival,held on March 17 at the Museum of Contemporary Art. Attended by food-world celebrities ranging from Padma Lakshmi to Rocco DiSpirito and Paula Deen, the fund-raiser produced some culinary star power.

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BizBash Chicago

Crain's Chicago Business
March 25, 2008

Common Threads founders Art Smith and his partner artist, Jesus Salguerio, hosted their third fundraising spectacular at the Museum of Contemporary Art on March 17, and this World Festival put just about every other party in town to shame. With more than 600 lively guest circulating around the MCA, a passel of big-name chefs dispensing delicious food at every turn, and an appearance by Grammy winner John Legend at the after-party, the evening entertained lavishly while raising more than $377,000 for programs that teach children the importance of health and good nutrition.

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Crain's Chicago Business

Chicago Cooks
March 17, 2008

Common Thread's annual fundraiser was packed with national and local celebrity chefs who gathered to help raise funds for Art Smith's charitable foundation which teaches culture and cooking to children.Over 500 guest enjoyed delectable dishes from Chicago's top chef talent, sipped champagne from Moet Chandon and participated in a live auction hosted by Top Chef judges Tom Colicchio, Gail Simmons and Padma Lakshmi.

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Chicago Cooks

Chicago Magazine
March 24, 2008

Common Threads - the charity co-founded by Oprah toque and Table Fifty-Two honcho Art Smith that teaches kids about nutrition and healthy cooking-held its third annual World Festival Monday night at the Museum of Contemporary Art. The scene was sort of like an all-star episode of Top Chef: Local bigwigs including David Burke (David Burke's Primehouse) and Gale Gand (Tru) handed our haute-cuisine samples while schmoozing with guests.

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Chicago Magazine

Crain's Chicago Business
March 17, 2008

Common Threads was founded in 2004 by Art Smith, former personal chef to Oprah Winfrey and co-owner of Table 52, and his partner, artist Jesus Salguerio. It works to educate children on the importance of health and nutrition and to foster an appreciation of cultural diversity through food. Guests at its gala will mingle with Food Network stars Paula Deen, Tyler Florence, Ming Tsai and Jacques; Padma Lakshmi of "Top Chef," and local chefs Gale Gand (Tru), David Burke(Primehouse), Kevin Hickey(Four Seasons) and Matthias Merges (Charlie Trotter's).

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Chicago Sun-Times
March 19, 2008

From Padma Lakshmi to Rocco DiSpirito to Ming Tsai and Paula Deen, the foodie celebs used only two words Monday night to explain their attendance at the third annual benefit for Chicago's Common Threads charity event: Art Smith. Food Network host Steve McDonagh, half of the Hearty Boys catering and cooking team, summed it up: "There's a lot of chefs who are not well liked, but then there's Art, whom everyone loves."

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June 2, 2009
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People Magazine
December, 2007

Oprah viewers might know Smith – her formal personal chef – from his guest appearances whipping up hummingbird cake or pistachio-crusted chicken on her show. But the boisterous cookbook author says his greatest creation is the nonprofit he launched in 2003, which uses food to teach low-income kids the value of healthy eating. “You have to teach children to make good choices,” he says.

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USA Today
November 23, 2010

Weingarten is a face-to-face philanthropist

For Charlie Annenberg Weingarten, giving away money is personal.

Explore, his branch of the $1.6 billion Annenberg Foundation, gives away millions of dollars every year, but Weingarten doesn't accept grant proposals or give money from a distance. He spends time with people whose causes he believes in and films the visits to call attention to what they do.

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