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Jamie Oliver shows Spoonfed some love

As if things weren’t exciting enough around here, what with Spoonfed’s six-month anniversary and the nearly 1,000 pageviews for 11-year-old Birke Baehr’s inspiring video. (Oh, and some spirited commenting on the state fair post.)

Now I learn that Jamie Oliver has named Spoonfed one of his blogs of the month. Well, OK, maybe it wasn’t JO himself. But, you know, it’s his newsletter. And his Food Revolution. And they did say that Jamie would be sending me a certificate. So there you go.

(OK, turns out that Jamie was involved. See below.)

Really, though, cool stuff, right?

Now, speaking of cool stuff, we have our first Spoonfed giveaway winners! Becca (commenter No. 4) won the New Jammies gift set. And John (commenter No. 42) won the young readers edition of Michael Pollan’s “The Omnivore’s Dilemma.” Congrats to both!

Thanks so much to Nicole from New Jammies and to everyone who entered. You gave such sincere and thoughtful responses to the question: Why is it important to teach kids to think critically about food?

Because food is fundamental, but sadly distorted by money, marketing, politics and poor judgment. Because understanding where food comes from and how it affects their bodies will equip kids for a lifetime of smart decisions. Because, as Adrienne wrote, “it’s a very empowering thing for a child to know that they can make a positive difference in this world and that their voices are heard.”

Here’s to raising voices and raising hell. Can’t wait to see what’s ahead.

Update on Oct. 1: So a reader named Colm just alerted me to the fact that JO himself apparently does know who I am. In fact, he’s talking about me in his video newsletter today. I’m not usually one to get all starstruck or goofy or anything, but, well, this is all kinds of awesome.

About Spoonfed, he says: “It’s brilliant. We love it. We follow you. I suggest you guys follow her as well. She’s brilliant. Keep doing what you’re doing, girl.” Yes, he really said that. It’s right here, at the 2:50 mark.


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  • Bri October 1, 2010, 9:46 am

    Wow! Amazing stuff. Congratulations to you! I’ll try not to be too jealous. 😉 You sincerely deserve it — you really nail the whole issue of kids and food in a way that most of us don’t touch. Great, great job.

  • Melissa B October 1, 2010, 10:19 am

    How freakin’ awesome is this?? Right on, Chris!!

  • Colm Gent October 1, 2010, 12:51 pm

    Hey, JO himself is talking about you on his video today. Don’t be so modest! Clearly he thinks what you’re doing is great, and I happen to agree.

    • Christina October 1, 2010, 1:16 pm

      Colm, get OUT! I had no idea. But, OK, I just went and looked, and (gulp) WOW. I’m going to add a link above right now. Thanks so much for visiting, and for telling me.

  • Oak Whispers October 1, 2010, 1:24 pm

    Congratulations. Great comment about the cost of eating healthy vs. not. I really think that fast food and unhealthy snacks are way too expensive. The choice should be easy.

  • kristi October 1, 2010, 2:26 pm

    OMG. How awesome is this? Kudos to you, Chris, for catching the attention of JO himself. You are a real rockstar now.

  • Melanie @ Frugal Kiwi October 1, 2010, 3:13 pm

    Well deserved. I’m very excited for you!

  • Kira October 1, 2010, 5:03 pm

    Look! Christina’s famous now. :) Ohmygosh, can I get your autograph tonight at the gallery opening?

    Seriously though, way to go! You know I’m with you 100% on the importance of what you’re doing here.

  • Nipa October 1, 2010, 6:32 pm

    Okay, I knew you were brilliant but WOW now you’re famous too!!! I’m so honoured to know you 😉

  • Christina October 1, 2010, 6:54 pm

    You guys are killing me. Really. You’re too kind. But thank you for saying such nice things. I’m filing this and the Facebook threads in my feel-good folder, for sure. What a wild day it’s been.

  • Melodie October 1, 2010, 8:05 pm

    I am so stoked for you!! Congratulations Christina. Well deserved!

  • Mrs. Q October 2, 2010, 8:52 am


  • MyKidsEatSquid October 2, 2010, 9:18 am

    So cool. I think you should take that clip, loop it and just run it over and over again when you have rough days.

  • Amy October 2, 2010, 9:36 am

    So awesome!!! I’m with Kristi….you’re a total rockstar!!!! Very excited for you!

  • Michelle (Health Food Lover) October 3, 2010, 4:31 am

    Wow congrats Chris!!! This is SO good! Well done!!!!

  • Christina October 4, 2010, 8:49 am

    Continued thanks, guys. As Jamie would say, you’re brilliant!

    Squid Mom, you read my mind…

  • Samantha October 13, 2010, 10:28 pm

    Yay!!!! that is sooo friggin’ cool! Couldn’t have happened to a more talented, dedicated gal! Brilliant indeed!!!

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