Now that Labor Day has officially come and gone, kids everywhere are polishing their apples and heading back to school. Here at ICE, we are gearing up for an exciting fall season full of classes, demonstrations and events. We may not have taken a summer vacation, but we’re excited about the back-to-school season all the same.

In that spirit, we started thinking about just how many apples it takes to supply our many career-training classes, recreational classes and special events. When you think about their many uses (pies, tarts, baked, salads, sauce, and so on), you realize that our Chef Instructors go through a lot of apples every year. Just imagine how many different ways apples are used here at ICE in a single day.

To satiate our curiosity, we calculated how many apples ICE uses in a year. For a little fun, we thought we would ask and see if you could guess how many apples are used at ICE in a year? The closest correct guess without going over will win an OXO Good Grips Apple Divider and Peeler Set generously provided by OXO (did you know OXO provides ICE with an incredible amount of equipment such as measuring cups, spatulas, whisks, measuring cups and more every year?). The set is perfect for making those apples into a wide variety of treats, or simply just snacking on the healthy wedges. To enter, simply include your apple estimate in the comments on this blog post. We’ll announce the winner on Friday, September 16. Good luck!

Last Friday, ICE Chef Instructors Melanie Underwood and Marge Perry hosted a special fundraiser for Cookies for Kids’ Cancer, a charity committed to raising funds to support research for new and improved therapies for pediatric cancer.

Cookies for Kids’ Cancer was started by Gretchen Holt and Larry Witt after they were inspired by their 2 1/2-year-old son Liam’s battle with cancer. They were shocked to learn that the main reason over 25% of kids diagnosed with cancer do not survive is because of a lack of effective therapies and wanted to increase funding for research. Since then, Cookies for Kids’ Cancer has been raising money through bake sales, online sales and donations. More…