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June 30, 2011  • 

DooF (“food” spelled backwards) uses the power of multi-media entertainment, education and live events to explore food from every possible perspective: backwards, forwards, sideways, upside-down and inside-out. DooF teaches kids the amazing journey of food from its source to their table, with an interactive, imaginative, sometimes messy and always hands-on experience. DooF makes good food really fun and encourages children to recognize healthy foods and make their own healthy food choices.

DooF partners with elementary and middle schools to educate kids and educators about about the importance of healthy food choices using multi-media and a hip gameshow format in a 45-minute assembly presentation. In addition, a curriculum kit with full color photos, activities and lessons about apples, squash, noodles, citrus, root vegetables and tomatoes is available for free download. Stay tuned for the videos that will go with each of these lesson plans!

DooF’s approach focuses on four main content areas:

Source: The geographic, historical, and cultural origins of food. Where food comes from, where it originated, how it is harvested, and how it gets to the kitchen.

Substance: The science of food. What food is and what makes it special. What food looks like, what it feels like, what changes about food during cooking and its nutritional benefits.

Action: The art of food. How to prepare food with a focus on specific skills such as cleaning food, preparing it, cooking it, presenting it etc.

Experience: The FUN of food. How to enjoy food and the experience of eating, appreciating food’s tastes, textures, smells, colors etc.

Last but not least, DooF hosts an annual DooF-a-Palooza event, a free food and family festival for children of all ages and adults that includes contests, games, entertainment and fun hands-on activities with growers, chefs, purveyors, businesses, and cookbook authors all filmed and streamed live online.

Visit DooF’s website to embark on an interactive journey from source to table!