Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Sakiya Campbell

Sakiya Campbell counts string beans and cauliflower among her favorite veggies, but “there are really too many of the ones I like to name,” she says. “When you try new things, you find out that food that’s good for you, tastes pretty good, too.”

The 11-year-old is the first to admit that she wasn’t always so willing to try new things, and she wasn’t always helpful in the kitchen. But after completing the Common Threads program, she learned about in class for her whole family. These days, Sakiya is comfortable and confident in the kitchen. She loves to steam broccoli and to create garnishes on the plates before serving them.

“She’s come more independent and creative with spices and making her own flavors,” says Sakiya’s mom, Veanca. She’s so engaged in the kitchen. I just love to watch her cook.”

For Sakiya, Common Threads isn’t just about food; it’s also about experiencing different cultures. “In class, you really get to imagine you’re somewhere else you really want to go, and maybe you don’t know about that place, but Common Threads helps you learn all about it.”