Let’s create the next generation of curious, courageous and compassionate eaters together.

Kalamata and her stuffed pal Al Dente are on a mission to experience the whole wide world through adventures with food. They help kids learn to keep their minds open and their forks ready. And everyone is welcome at the table, so pull up a chair and dig in to Kalamata’s Kitchen.

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The Taste Bud Pledge

"I promise to keep my mind open and my fork ready, to try each new food at least two times and share what's on my plate when someone doesn't have enough."

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Meet Our Ambassadors

Our Mind Open, Fork Ready Ambassadors are on a mission to spread the message of the Taste Bud Pledge, showing us all how to be more curious, courageous and compassionate.

“It's going to create a generation of young people who will have an appreciation for the planet, for the bounty of what we can find, for good food and for interacting with people.” –Chef Eric Ripert, Le Bernardin
“...a sweet new book featuring young heroine Kalamata and her reptile pal Al Dente.”
“...keep your mind open and your fork ready. Pretty soon your kids might be clamoring for beet juice or okonomiyaki, and all because of a little brown girl and her alligator pal.”
“A food adventure your children will love.”
“These stories celebrate the act of trying new things and experiencing different cultures, which is so important for young readers, especially today.”