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Fighting Poverty with Passion


This summer I am acting Camp Director and all around expert chef (in the kid’s minds) at SoFAB’s kid’s culinary camp.  Being able to teach kids how to cook semi- advanced meals is awesome. They think they are the coolest thing since sliced bread when they make a good meal.  Watching them chop, slice and saute their way to Emeril Lagassee status is cool to see.  While these kids are awesome in so many ways, they also have a crazy sense of humor. The following is a story of one of those funny un-filtered moments.

            All of the kids were very focused on making their beef and peppers dish during Asian cooking week. They love to cook while talking general nonsense but this time it was directed at me. While I was going around the room watching them chop and overhearing their conversations, a girl (to remain nameless) looks at me and says,” Do you like dogs?”

“Yeah, sometimes.” I said

“Well if you sometimes like dogs, what pets do you have?” She said.

“Two cats. One is cross- eyed and the other doesn’t like me too much.” I laughed

“What kind of cats are they?”

“They are both a Siamese mix.”

            She looked puzzled as she continued to chop. She didn’t know what to think about me saying they were a Siamese mix.  I figured it was a very upfront and simple answer. P.S…. this is the punchline……

 She says, “Wait, you’re telling me the cats are connected????”

 Funny kids.

Camp is going wonderfully and just in case you are wondering, the wedding was beautiful.

Meaghan Reid Li, Tulane AmeriCorps VISTA. For more information on history, exhibits, and volunteer opportunities, please visit the Southern Food and Beverage Museum’ s website.


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Notes from the field from the AmeriCorps VISTA team at Tulane University.


  1. gundam
    March 10, 2012

    thanks.very good blog and very good share.

  2. Mary L. Matthews
    June 28, 2011

    Looking to volunteer with VISTA/Americorps at Southern Museum. Is there any chance of this? My application is at the Tulane Center. Please, please update me! Mary L. Matthews

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