What is Nicolas' Garden, and How Can I Get Involved?

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What is Nicolas' Garden, and How Can I Get Involved?

Welcome to Nicolas’ Garden!

By Ara Davis and Kathryn Lastufka 

Wondering how to get involved? Let us show you around. Put yourself out there and share the good things you are doing or seeing around you. It is sharing that will plant seeds of thought and grow good lifestyles! Have fun!

The Website:  www.NicolasGarden.com

Our website has some awesome resources available, on everything from cooking to gardening! We also would love to share the wonderful things you are doing to live a healthy lifestyle. Here are some tips to get started:

1. Are you staying healthy in your community against all odds?  Are you inspiring others to be healthy through hard work and fun? We would love to hear your story. Visit our CONTACT tab and share with us: http://www.nicolasgarden.com/friends-1-1/

2. Plant your own garden at school or at home. Visit the FARM tab on our website for some great local gardening resources. http://www.nicolasgarden.com/farm/ We would love to see the process and the finished results! Send us pictures of your garden and/or plants.

3. Write us a letter or email...or a video or haiku about vegetables. We want to see just about anything!  It’s always fun to talk and share with other people! Start the conversation. Email us at Nicolas@nicolasgarden.com

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/NicolasGardenOrg?ref=hl

1. Share your favorite recipes on our wall. We are always looking for new, healthy recipes that are fun to make. We welcome anything from the next greatest pizza recipe, to tips on how to roast the perfect piece of garlic! We will post your recipes on Facebook for everyone to try! What are you waiting for?  :D

2. Share pictures of your garden, as well as tips to for taking care of your seedlings and plants! Be creative! We love this idea for a dinosaur garden from http://www.sheknows.com/parenting/articles/975981/create-a-garden-for-your-kids-imagination.

3. Plan a game or fun activity that involves nutrition and fitness! One example is to plan a local Farmer’s Market scavenger hunt with your family or friends, or community group. Post pictures and we’ll share on Facebook!

Twitter - https://twitter.com/NicolasGarden

1. Follow us and tweet @NicolasGarden! We #followback.

2. Tell us a joke. Everyone loves a good vegetable pun. Peas and thank you!

3. Share your favorite cooking tips with us. We’ll share on Twitter with the perfect hashtag such as #marrymegarlic.

YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGubhlq5a4NMPkSt8TIhJvg

1. Visit our YouTube channel called NG.TV,  for fun cooking demos and community news and interviews!

2. Become a roving reporter yourself. Interview someone in your community that is an advocate of healthy living and we’ll share it on YouTube!

Your World:  Your Mission

What’s the next step?  Go out into the world and spread the wonderful things you are doing with your loved ones and community! We are fostering a garden of healthy ideas and need your help. Look at it this way:  If you spread the message of healthy eating with one other person, and they share it with one person, and so on, soon, a bunch of people will be in on the message and living healthier, happier lives!

 

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Eppie’s Kids Duathlon’ Partnering with ‘Nicolas’ Garden’ on Saturday, May 17, 2014

Eppies Duathlon

Local nonprofit health and wellness organizations, “Eppie’s Great Race,” and “Nicolas’ Garden,” are partnering to present a children’s health and wellness event with a, “Farm-to-Fork” family fun focus, incorporating entertainment, and educational, hands-on health, nutrition and fitness activities, as well as the ninth annual Eppie’s Kids Duathlon (running and cycling) event, into a fun day of wellness for the entire family in Sacramento’s Discovery Park, on Saturday, May 17, 2014. 

All attendees that participate in the events and complete physical activity stations (presented by California State University, Sacramento Kinesiology students), can earn their national, “President’s Challenge” Fitness Patch and Certificate from the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition. All participants will also receive free Redwood Tree seedlings to take and plant at home, donated by Meek’s Lumber.

Children in age brackets from 4 to 14 years, are invited to run and cycle on special courses around Sacramento’s Discovery Park and the American River Parkway during the Eppie’s Kids Duathlon. The new course sites will allow parents and friends to watch and cheer on their kid competitors throughout the races. As soon as the competitors cross the finish line, the whole family will enjoy fun, hands-on cooking and gardening activities, fitness obstacle courses, bounce houses and climbing walls, free health screenings, food and entertainment, among others. The participants are also invited to complete other fun, fitness stations, and then leave the event with their “President’s Challenge” Fitness Patch and Certificate.

At the event, all attending children and families will be encouraged to learn more about growing and gardening, as well as cooking easy, healthy meals with Sacramento Celebrity Chef and Entrepreneur Nicolas Come, inventor of the, “Nicolas’ Garden” Mobile App and digital platform. All participants will also receive goodie bags, shirts, and prizes. And the first 400 children participating in the event will receive a free Redwood Tree seedling, courtesy of Meek’s Lumber, to take and plant at home.

When:     Saturday, May 17, 2014.

Where:    Sacramento’s Discovery Park & the American River Parkway: 1600 Garden Highway, Sacramento, CA 95833.

More Info: The Eppie’s Great Race website: http://www.eppiesgreatrace.org or call 916-480-0270. 

All Entrants will receive:

·  A special finisher's ribbon;
·  A unique event t-shirt;
· Admission to the “Farm-to-Fork Family Fun Fest” with fun activities and a free lunch;
. Free Redwood Tree seedling from Meek’s Lumber.

Entry Fees, Age Groups & Race Distances: The cost of entry is $20 thru May 10th and $25 afterwards. The Eppie’s Kids Duathlon participant age groups, and distances are as follows:

  • 4-6 year olds - 1/2 mile run and 1/2 mile bike;
  • 7-10 year olds - 1 mile run and 4 mile bike;
  • 11-13 year olds - 2 mile run and 5.5 mile bike.

Beneficiaries of the event include Eppie’s Great Race Foundation, Nicolas’ Garden and Soil Born Farms.

 

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Nine-year-old deemed honorary “Forty Under 40″ winner!

Sacramento, Calif.  – Nine-year-old Entrepreneur Nicolas Come, founder of the “Nicolas’ Garden” Mobile Application and digital platform, was presented with a special, “Honorary Winner,” Accolade at Sacramento’s recent, 2013 “Forty Under 40” Awards. Presented by in independent group of judges and the Sacramento Business Journal, Nicolas was (by far) the youngest winner of the coveted, “Forty Under 40,” Honor – a full 21 years younger than the next youngest honoree!


Nominated and recognized by the judges (and later quoted within the Sacramento Business Journal special, “Forty Under 40” publication), Nicolas was recognized with the other winners for, “…exceptional leadership skills, entrepreneurial savvy and intense community involvement.”

To see a portion of Nicolas’ acceptance speech for this highly respected honor, please check:

http://www.bizjournals.com/sacramento/news/2013/12/11/announcing-40-under-40-winners-for-2013.html. To learn more about the “Forty Under 40” Awards, please refer to: http://www.bizjournals.com/sacramento/print-edition/2013/12/13/40-under-40-winners-promise-to-light.html.

Nicolas is quite proud of the “Forty Under 40 Award,” and his recent recognition as the “Student Entrepreneur of the Year,” by North State Innovate. However, he is not resting on his laurels; he continues to build and promote his “Nicolas’ Garden” company, to inspire all children to make healthier choices. Having already launched the “Nicolas’ Garden” Mobile App (http://nicolasgarden.com/pages/app), and digital platform, (www.NicolasGarden.com), Nicolas also recently launched a YouTube, healthy kids news program known as, “NG.TV”, which he updates every two weeks: http://www.youtube.com/user/NicolasGardenTV.

Nicolas hopes to release the next version of his Mobile App, launch a television show, and design his first, “Healthy Kids” Mobile App game in 2014.

“I’m very proud of receiving the, ‘Forty Under 40,’ Award,” states Nicolas. “I know everyone nominated for this honor has done amazing things for our community, and I feel really lucky to be included with them. I hope I can continue to help kids around the world be healthier. And I want to thank everyone who downloaded my App, followed me on Facebook or Twitter, or supported ‘Nicolas’ Garden’ in other ways. It’s great we are all working together to inspire children to be healthy!”

For further information and photos of Nicolas receiving the “Forty Under 40 Award,” please check: www.NicolasGarden.com; or contact Drisha Leggitt, Nicolas’ Garden “Chief Momentum Officer”: Drisha@nicolasgarden.com.

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Nicolas Come Named ‘Student Entrepreneur of the Year’ at 29th Annual Regional Innovation Awards

December 10, 2013, Sacramento, CA – Nine-year-old Nicolas Come, founder of the “Nicolas’ Garden” Mobile App and digital platform, was named by, Innovate North State, as the “Student Entrepreneur of the Year,” at the coveted, 29th annual, “Regional Innovation Awards.” The Innovation Awards are a celebration and recognition of innovative and “breakthrough” business success, occurring in the ‘530’ region.  The Innovation Awards were hosted at California State University, Chico, and were very well attended by an audience anxious to see the ultimate winners selected from among 100 finalists in 25 different individual and company/organizational categories.

Hosted and organized originally in 1984 by CEPCO, and since 2012 by Innovate North State, the 29th annual Innovation Awards have expanded to include the entire 530 area code, encompassing most of Northern California. Prior Innovation Award winners have included such market leaders asSierra Nevada Brewing Company and Build.com. For consideration for an Innovation Award, companies and professionals are honored because of their tremendous, innovative achievements and their “game-changing”, positive impact, locally, statewide, nationally, and globally. =

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Innovate North State’s Managing Director Jon Gregory stated, “The annual Innovation Awards Dinner represents our once-a-year hallmark gala event, honoring phenomenal business success, organization performance, products and services, as well as exceptional executives and professionals, educators and civic leaders, throughout the ‘530’ region.” Mr. Gregory continued, “We are honored to have the opportunity to showcase the tremendous success stories of business and civic leaders, entrepreneurs, educators, and professionals who are leaders in their respected industries.”

Innovate North State’s choice as, “Student Entrepreneur of the Year,” Nicolas Come, is the pint-sized third-grader that founded the, “Nicolas’ Garden” Mobile App and digital platform. Nicolas was selected by the Innovation Awards judges, due to his unique, but considerable, positive impact in promoting healthy eating for and among children worldwide. Since its launch over five months ago, the “By Kids; For Kids”, “Nicolas’ Garden” company has inspired thousands of children worldwide to try and share healthy foods and recipes, promote the importance of “Farm-to-Fork,” and support healthier lifestyle choices, using digital and other technologies, social media and You-Tube “NG.TV” video blogs, community appearances and partnerships. To date, Nicolas’ Garden has over 5,000 downloads, has generated over 9 million media impressions worldwide, and prompted an invitation to the White House to meet the President of the United States (only six weeks after the Mobile App was “live”).

Upon accepting the “Student Entrepreneur of the Year” Award, Dr. Paul Zingg, President of California State University, Chico, was so impressed with Nicolas, that he offered the nine-year-old Entrepreneur a scholarship to become a CSUC Freshman on the spot!

“I am very proud of this amazing honor,” Nicolas stated following the Innovation Awards. “It’s the first major award I have ever received. And after seeing the other students in the competition, I know all of the finalists deserve recognition for their great innovation. Thanks to the ‘Innovate North State’ judges for selecting me. And I hope everyone will introduce ‘Nicolas’ Garden’ to their children and schools very soon to help us keep up this positive momentum!”

To see photos frwordpress3.1om the 29th Annual Innovation Awards, please check the Innovate North State website: http://innovate-northstate.com/featured_inc/2013-north-state-innovation-awards-and-employment-expo/. To learn more about Nicolas Come, or the “Nicolas Garden” company, please check: www.NicolasGarden.com.

ABOUT INNOVATE NORTH STATE:

Innovate North State (www.innovate-northstate.com) – a public/private partnership driven by CEOs of leading California North State businesses – was established in early 2012. Innovate North State’s goal is to assist the region’s most innovative companies who have the largest growth potential garner a larger share of their national and global markets resulting in a more vibrant regional economy.

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Kids and Teens Ruled Farm to Fork Festival Sacramento

Nicolas and his team at Nicolas’ Garden, and so many volunteers and families from Northern California came together this weekend in the Farm to Fork Capital of America - Sacramento – for the first annual Family Food Feud!

The goal was to display families working together to create healthy and tasty dishes, using farm-to-fork/locally grown products. This event drew hundreds at the inaugural Farm to Fork Festival early in the day as the first event – with attendance overall for the festival in the tens of thousands! Nicolas’ Garden’s objective was to engage the audience and community in the idea that cooking as a family is good – and it is also good fun! No one has to be a gourmet – just creative and healthy!

Everyone was a winner on Saturday where each family that participated received Goodie Bags, Gift Certificates to the mentor chef’s restaurant, t-shirts and more!

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It Takes a Village

Each team had a highly-respected Mentor Chef as well; and while they didn’t cook or prepare for the family, they did guide and coach the families as they prepared an award-winning new dish! Celebrity Mentors were Ian MacBride, Kurt Spataro, and Jason Veregge from Lucca, Hock Farm Craft Provisions, and Ten22.

Pre-feud, Nicolas and his co-host of the feud, Chef Adam Pechal of Tuli Bistro and Restaurant THIRTEEN, appeared on Good Day Sacramento on Friday and then again on Sunday morning with the winning family – the Wade family – with their mentor Chef Kurt Spataro!

The Wade family recently went through a 20-week Fit Weight program at Kaiser (Fit Kids and Families) to help with keeping their kids’ weight in check and have made major lifestyle changes.

CHANGE GAME TEENS ARE A PARTNER MADE IN CHEF HEAVEN

Additionally, each family had teen leaders from the “Change Game” to support the children collecting food, aid in the preparation, and promote the event using social media! It was a total community enterprise that demonstrated just what kids can do if they put their mind to it!  

Later in the day, the “Change Game” teens who are supported by curriculum from Teen Battle Chef, a nationwide youth development program, put on a Teen Battle Chef at this weekend’s Farm-to-Fork Festival, with top farm-to-fork mentor chefs Oliver Ridgeway of Grange and Adam Pechal of Tuli Bistro and Restaurant Thir13en.

Celebrity Judges included the iconic “Queen” of fitness Elaine LaLanne, Jack LaLanne’s long-time on-air partner and wife and Clear Channel’s own (and favorite fan of Nicolas) Kitty O’Neal, as well as Lynn Fredericks (Author & leader of “Teen Battle Chefs”), Ed Corvelo (SaveMart Super Markets Produce & Floral Department Director), and Mark Powell (Institute of Technology Culinary Arts’ CEC Instructor).Nicolas thanks every single person who came out, supported, led, and helped make sure this first Family Food Feud was a success! In the end, with food donations from Produce Express (local farms), Passmore Ranch, Lucky Dog, Stone Valley Farms, and SaveMart (pantry, basic items), and everyone pulling together – Survey says, “Awesome!”

See you next year!

If you have any questions about this or any other event with Nicolas’ Garden, please contact Nicolas’ Chief Momentum Officer Drisha@Nicolasgarden.com or (916) 206-2553.

- See more at: http://blog.nicolasgarden.com/#sthash.9Y0zVJwl.dpuf

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Nicolas Meets the President & His Big Interview Courtesy of Clear Channel Entertainment


One of the most powerful ways to spread the message that kids can actively make a huge difference in the world, is for kids to have a real, live example of one of their own in action.

Correspondent Nicolas Come with his other pint-sized journalist cohorts, interviewing President Barack Obama. What an honor!

Likewise, to be a part of making our own communities healthy, we need to begin at home and we need to model our message, and show how it is possible to transform where we live to be cities that embrace healthy, fresh foods and healthy, sustainable lifestyles as a main value.

But Why Should We Or Nicolas See Farm to Fork as a Paramount Feature of a Healthy Kid Community?

To make good changes, we need leading examples of how every slice of a City’s culture, economy, business climate, and citizenry can engage in cultivating and sustaining a locally-grown, farm-infused way of life.

The opportunity to visit the White House and attend the Kid’s State Dinner, hosted by First Lady Michelle Obama, as a reporting correspondent was exciting. You can visit the White House Blog for a testament to why. Among photos taken during the event, Nicolas’ photo with President Barack Obama bending over, addressing the bank of pint-sized correspondents, was featured in the 5 best moments of the day.

Courtesy of Clear Channel Entertainment

Courtesy of Clear Channel Entertainment

That is Sacramento, and why Nicolas wanted to carry that message to Washington. Confirming that the President and First Lady share Nicolas’ mission was more than affirming. 

Yet Nicolas is, of course, also just an 8-year-old, navigating a once in a lifetime experience few veteran journalists will ever get to enjoy. The trip was thrilling, and daunting, with a break-neck schedule that began on a red-eye flight out of Sacramento International Airport Sunday evening, after only just hearing about his clearance to go from the White House Friday afternoon.

His visit continued in meeting all the kids and their families from around the country who submitted healthy recipes that ignited the Kids State Dinner to begin with, and his trip was capped by an opportunity to interview the President AND getting to ask every one of his new friends there to share their recipes with him for his mobile app so kids everywhere can enjoy their tasty, healthy concoctions!

A really exciting feature from his trip was his live interview with KXTV, from the White House. Asked why he wanted to be a part of all of this, Nicolas shared:“I wanted people to know about Sacramento and what we’re doing there with farms, fresh fruits and vegetables.”

The natural question most adults asks, is what is Nicolas or any young person his age to make of such an opportunity and responsibility?

Nicolas’ Big Interview

Christina Mendonsa of KXTV Channel 10 News and her anchor team helps us understand the answer. As a local station partner of Nicolas’ Garden, among many that heve been loyal supporters and messengers of Nicolas’ journey to spread the word, this video (click on image) really demonstrates how serious (and fun!) the business of helping kids become healthier is.Changing the tide of so many who grow up to suffer serious illnessess and devastating outcomes from unhealthy lifestyles is a job that indeed takes a village. To be able to really make a difference by inspiring and helping kids grow, cook, and eat healthy, kid-friendly food is the reason why Nicolas went to Washington, D. C.

It is important to remember amongst the excitement of visits to meet the President and cooking on shows like Fox and Friends in New York or Fox40 locally (who really captured one of the very first stories about Nicolas and his epicurious talents) there is serious intent behind Nicolas’ journey overall, and it is the journey every child can and should be emboldened and inspired to take.

Showing the world how all of us can make a difference is a responsibility Nicolas accepted on his own. People often ask his team (those who haven’t met him) if he really is behind the mission and if he really is that serious kid with a serious mission. The answer to that is emphatically YES!

And it is why so many are inspired to spread his message, why an opportunity to connect with the most powerful family in the world, and the greatest advocate leaders of healthy foods this nation has ever had, reminds us all why such a simple solution as a mobile app for kids by kids, is an innovation whose time has come. Hard risks are imprtant to take, and kids can lead the way. 

What Can You Do?

How you can help is simple. You can spread the word and put the words into action at home with your kids, and live your life actively proving that growing, cooking, and eating kid-friendly, healthy food really is fun. You can help Nicolas continue his mission by reaching out to our team member responsible for partnerships at drisha@nicolasgarden.com.

And above all you can download Nicolas’ Garden mobile app, upload and share all your own healthy, kid-friendly recipes, and spread the word!

Enroll the adults and kids in your village to take Nicolas’ challenge, to use grow, shop for, cook, and eat only the healthiest, whole foods possible. For tips to help you with your kids in the kitchen, check out Nicolas’ new YouTube cooking videos on NicolasGardenTV. 


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Farm-to-Fork Coverage of White House Kid's State Dinner

See the bottom of this page for latest updates as of July 9. 2013, 12:34 PST.

Thanks for visiting the official information page for Nicolas’ Farm-to-Fork coverage of the “Healthy Recipe Challenge” State Dinner event on Tuesday at noon, from the East Room of the White House in Washington, D. C. Official details follow:

He will be interviewing the First Lady on Tuesday, July 9, 2013, and helping to honor the student in Menlo Park who was selected along with more than 50 children from around the country to eat the winning recipes with the Fist Lady and officials. He has been given special access to cover the kid-friendly and kid-focused healthy food celebration as the “Farm-to-Fork Kids Correspondent,” courtesy of his partnership with Clear Channel. 

On July 9th, fifty-six children and their parent/guardian (one pair from each of the 50 states, plus the U.S. Territories, D.C., and Puerto Rico) will gather in Washington, DC where they will have attend the Kids’ “State Dinner” at the White House, hosted by Mrs. Obama. Each child (and their parents) submitted a healthy recipe as part of the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge. A selection of the winning healthy recipes will be served. 

Nicolas, carrying his official Clear Channel press pass and a mission to interview the kids, families, and attendees of the Kid’s State Dinner, is also going to meet with officials in DC  to pass on his call to action to help him spread the movement of “4 kids x kids,” – that active engagement in learning how to grow, shop for, cook, and eat kid-friendly, healthy foods, is now possible through technology, and that inspiration comes from kids to kids, children can lead the way towards healthier people worldwide.

Through technology such as Nicolas’ Garden, kids now have the tools they need to grow, shop for, cook, and eat healthier, fresher foods, connect with farm to table ideas about nutritional value and sustainability, and be their own enabled champions when it comes to what they will cook, where their foods come from, and what they will eat and do to be healthy. 

More information is below, including updated, daily photographs and information links. For direct, on the ground DC information, please contact: Drisha Leggitt, (916) 206-2553 or drisha@nicolasgarden.com

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The DC Story

Although Nicolas did not win in his entry “California Sunshine” chicken curry recipe (see photo above), he is really honored to be selected by Clear Channel to be the official Farm to Fork Correspondent at the Kid’s State Dinner. He will have exclusive White House press corp access to all attendees and will be interviewing the First Lady Michelle Obama, among other notables, and hopefully also the winner from Menlo Park!

Nicolas is there to also spread the message that kid-friendly, kid-enabled, healthy food is both fun and possible, and that kids can change the course of their health futures!


Making his dream to help fight obesity in kids, Nicolas Come.

Nicolas took the “Red Eye” July 8th, Sunday night; arriving Monday in Washington D.C. to meet with Congresswoman Doris Matsui (Sacramento Democrat), who personally encouraged the White House to grant this amazing opportunity to Nicolas, and who is a significant proponent of healthy children initiatives to combat obesity, Farm to Fork programs and community and school gardens, and technology.

Nicolas also hopes to connect with Senator Feinstein and/or Senator Boxer, the Secretary of the Department of Agriculture, the USDA’s chief of nutrition policy, and the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition, while he is in the region.

CONNECT WITH NICOLAS FOR PRESS OR INTERVIEW WHILE IN WASHINGTON

If you are interested in covering “Mr. Nicolas Goes to Washington”, or would like Nicolas to report from the event with your Media Pass, or would like us to send you his interviews, reports, etc., please contact Drisha immediately: (916) 206-2553 or drisha@nicolasgarden.com

OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE

Nicolas Come Will Report as Farm-to-Fork Kid Correspondent’:

Eight-Year-Old Entrepreneur to be Kid Reporter Covering First Ladys

Kids State Dinner at White House  Tuesday, July 9 

Launched ‘Nicolas’ Garden’ Mobile AppTo Promote Healthy Living & Fight Childhood Obesity:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/nicolas-garden/id645700494?mt=8


On his way to DC…

Eight-year-old Nicolas Come, inventor of the “Nicolas’ Garden” Mobile App and digital platform, will be reporting to children worldwide from the White House, on Tuesday, July 9, 2013. Confirmed by the White House Press Corps that Nicolas will attend the July 9 media event as the, “Farm-to-Fork Kids Correspondent,” Nicolas will be reporting from/on the First Lady’s second annual “Kids’ State Dinner”; interviewing First Lady Michelle Obama, and some attending youth that won the First Lady’s “Healthy Lunch Recipe Challenge.”

Northern California-based Nicolas will be covering the “Kids’ State Dinner” event from the East Room of the White House in Washington, D.C., at noon, Eastern Standard Time (EST), Tuesday. Before, during, and after the event, Nicolas will be uploading and/or recording his interviews for regional media outlets, as well as streaming the interviews and commentary through the Nicolas Garden website:www.nicolasgarden.com.

He also hopes to upload some/all of the attending “Healthy Lunch Challenge” recipes to the “Nicolas’ Garden” Mobile App and website, allowing children worldwide to download and prepare the winning, healthy recipes.

Nicolas Come invented, recruited technical and communications volunteers, developed, and then launched, the Nicolas’ Garden Mobile App in May 2013. The Nicolas’ Garden Mobile App and digital platform allows children and families to share healthy recipes, create meal plans and shopping lists, learn easy and fun cooking tips, play health-related games, link to other healthy programs and services.  

First Lady Michelle Obama’s second annual Kids’ “State Dinner,” at the White House, will be attended by 54 children, ages 8-12, and representing all U.S. states, three territories and the District of Columbia. The “State Dinner” luncheon will feature a selection of healthy recipes from the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge, and a performance by Rachel Crow. The Challenge was created in support of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! initiative, which aims to help solve the problem of childhood obesity within a generation.

Nicolas will be arriving in Washington D.C. Monday morning, and hopes to interview the winners and participants, and also interview Congresswoman Doris Matsui (D – CA), Epicurious Magazine Editor-in-Chief Tanya Steele, and the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition, while he is in town. Additionally, he will be available for media interviews at that time for anyone interested in the “Nicolas’ Garden” App.

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