Wednesday, January 28, 2009

NEW start date for Chef’s Club!  One more week to sign up and spaces are available for morning and after school!!


Session 1:      Manner’s Matter…Traveling in Style

February 5-26 (4 weeks) $65.00

Having good manners are important every day, not just when we sit down to dine at a fancy restaurant.  This four-week session will focus on etiquette, setting the table and good table manners as we cook recipes that test even the neatest and most polite child!  

And manners are more fun if we imagine traveling to distant lands….


February 5        Tea and Company

Every child, boy or girl, can appreciate the English tradition of taking tea and sweets in the afternoon.  Imagine tea in a far away world with Lucy in Mr. Tumnus’s cozy cave or enjoying full tea from a steamer trunk as you make your way across the British Indies.  In class, we will create scones, sweets and savories and then sit down to enjoy the tea and company.


February 12       Café Paris

Can you imagine yourself sitting outside a Paris café on a spring day sipping café au lait and eating pain au chocolate (chocolate croissants)?  Children, can appreciate French food and culture, even if a view of the Eiffel Tower is only appreciated in Ludwig Bemelmans’ tales about a little French girl named Madeleine.  This class will bring to life the sidewalk cafes of France while we enjoy French bistro faire like easy pain au chocolate, winter squash soup and open face sandwiches.


February 19       Orient Express

The train is pulling away from the station, beginning the long voyage from Paris through Vienna, Amsterdam and finally Istanbul.  Each exotic location bringing the full flavor of it’s cuisine to be sampled in the dining carriage.  We will enjoy creating our own samplings like Dutch pancakes, sigara börek (Turkish cigar shaped cheese pastries) and fondue!


February 26       The Plaza, Please!

The Plaza Hotel, a world renowned landmark on 5thAvenue in New York is the perfect location for enjoying a four course feast.  Which fork do I use?  How do I order?  What is that?  The last test of manners allows children to prepare a simple but delicious menu, set the table and practice ordering and serving each other just like they were dining in a fine restaurant!

Times Available:
          Kinder Cooks (preschoolers)
                   10 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
          Growing Gourmets (6-11 year olds)
                   2:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m.
                   4:30 p.m.-6:00 p.m.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Spring 2009 Class Schedule

Here is the class schedule for the spring semester.  I can't wait to see you all!!

Chef’s Club –Meets Every Thursday

Saturday Specials –Fun Celebrations & Special Events

Scout Troops –Fulfills Merit Badges

Birthday Parties –Cooking Parties with Optional Themes/Menus

Private Classes –You Gather the Group!

Summer Camps Themed Cooking Camps

Chef’s Club

Meets Every Thursday!

Chef’s club is a unique culinary experience where children learn to cook in a safe and fun environment.  The classes are offered in my home, each session lasting four weeks. All the courses have unique and exciting themes that offer hands-on participation and detailed cooking instruction.  Each Junior Chef will receive their very own notebook full of recipes to take home!


Session 1:     Manner’s Matter

                   January 29-February 19 (4 weeks)      $65.00

Having good manners are important every day, not just when we sit down to dine at a fancy restaurant.  This four-week session will focus on etiquette, setting the table and good table manners as we cook recipes that test even the neatest and most polite child!


Session 2:    Spring Fling

                   April 2-23 (4 weeks)                          $65.00

Spring is in the air and it can be on the table too!  This four-week session will help kids learn how to turn the vegetables and herbs we grow in the garden into healthy and delicious meals. On the last day of class, each child will take home a small tomato plant to grow in their very own garden!


Times Available:

          Kinder Cooks (preschoolers)

                   10 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

          Growing Gourmets (6-11 year olds)

                   2:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m.

                   4:30 p.m.-6:00 p.m.


Saturday Specials…

Very Yummy Valentine’s

February 14; 11 a.m.-1 p.m.         $20.00        (6-11 year olds)

Sweet treats for your sweethearts!  This Valentine’s cooking class focuses on the heart from recipes with heart-healthy berries to treats like sweet fortune cookies with heart-felt messages.

Pioneer Days

March 7; 11 a.m.-1 p.m.     $20.00        (6-11 year olds)

Ma Ingalls would be so proud!  Take a step back in time and see what it was like to prepare meals on the prairie.  This class is a great course for the beginning baker as we will prepare homemade biscuits, corn bread, beans and even try Laura’s favorite maple candy.

Easy Easter Edibles

April 4; 11 a.m.-1 p.m.       $20.00        (6-11 year olds)

Easter may be my favorite holiday of the year, and it is a wonderful time to gather family together in the kitchen.  In this class, the children will make scrambled egg nests, fruit flowers, carrot muffins and sweet bird’s nests.  I’ll even send home the recipe for Resurrection Cookies.


Making a Mother’s Day Brunch

May 2; 11 a.m.-1 p.m.        $20.00        (6-11 year olds)

Don’t feel guilty about reminding your child it’s Mother’s Day!   Instead you can be a proud mama when he learns how to create a wonderful (and easy) breakfast just for you.  Participants will learn how to make a list, shop for ingredients and even clean up the mess!

Scout Troops

Schedule your troop and earn badges!

Cooking workshops are a great way for scouts to earn badges.  Call me to schedule a time that is good for your scout troop to do cooking activities to earn badges.

Please Note: The pricing structure for scout workshops differ from my other classes because I recognize and appreciate that scouts is a program that enriches the lives of children and their families.  The fee for each workshop is $10 per child (with a minimum of 8 children).


Girl Scouts

  • Brownies: "Make It, Eat It" badge,
  • Juniors: "Let's Get Cooking" badge

Boy Scouts

  • Tiger Cub Electives and Badge: Keeping Myself Healthy and Safe
  • Wolf Cub Badge: Cooking and Eating
  • Bear Cub Badge: What's Cooking (They must have known we could help!)

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Welcome to the Growing Gourmets Blog!

Dear Friends,

I thought this might be a quick and easy way for you all to keep updated on the Growing Gourmet cooking classes!  In order for you to have easy access to the class schedule, I set up a blog where I can post class information, share cooking and entertaining ideas and of course share recipes to keep those Growing Gourmets busy in the kitchen.  Check back often for weekly recipes and updates and I would love to hear your feedback on the classes and recipes. I can't wait to see you all this Spring!