- Healthy cooking classes (3rd graders through college students)
- Theme-based, Language-enriched Healthy cooking classes (pre-K through 7-years)
- Adult Cooking Classes
- Healthy Living and Nutrition Workshops
- Personal Growth and Development Workshops
- Events (Cook-Offs, Cooking Competitions, Field Trips)
Our hands-on cooking classes are fun yet informative. We incorporate a number of different subjects – English, Mathematics, Geography, History and Leadership. We incorporate and align S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) into our curriculum, teach teamwork and strongly encourage independent thinking. Students learn food science (e.g., food safety, food chemistry, food physics), caloric intake, nutritional value, chemistry of food and a number of other areas of science. Various types of technology are used depending on the recipe being made. Engineering is incorporated in every recipe followed in order to create the meal. Mathematics is used in measuring the ingredients. A writing component is also incorporated to learn about the students’ experiences in the classes.
These classes are fun, interactive workshops, in which a children’s story is read, an age-appropriate mini-science activity is taught, a song is taught, if applicable, a movement activity is incorporated and a hands-on, healthy cooking activity is created by the students. Here is a list of some of the lessons we teach:
- Caterpillar Kebabs
- Sweetie Pie
- Witch’s Brew
- Apple Ladybugs
- Yummy Applesauce
- Superbowl Snack
- Fondue Please
- Super Salad
- Apple Salad
- Caramel Treat
- Oh So Smooth Smoothie
- Won’t You Be My Valentine treat
- Wrap It Up
- Crispy Krispy Treat
- Humble Hummus
- Pizza Pie and more….
The healthy cooking classes foster a sense of community among our adult participants. Using a hands-on approach, participants travel around the world visiting different cultures through their palates. A S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) approach is incorporated in teaching these classes. These participants learn food science (e.g., food safety, food chemistry, food physics), caloric intake, nutritional value, chemistry of food and a number of other areas of science. They learn different types of technology depending on the recipe being made. Engineering is incorporated in every recipe followed in order to create the meal. Mathematics is used in measuring the ingredients.
Some of our workshop topics focus on stress, sugar, basic nutrition, seasonal eating, basic healthy living, exercise, financial health, career health, and specific diseases/illnesses. We encourage our participants to look at health from a proactive perspective, and incorporate healthy living alternatives.
These workshops help participants to look at their health from a different perspective. The focus is on mental health – self image, body image, positive thought and attitude. These workshops help participants to realize that health is more than what you eat and how much you exercise.
The events range from cooking/baking competitions between staff vs. students, different culinary classes within the same school, and neighboring schools. The competitions and cook-offs allow the students to exhibit their culinary skills to themselves, their peers, teachers and other staff, and the community. The field trips range from visiting a local grocery store to visiting a farm.