Sunday, April 29, 2012

Growing Gourmets: Summer Cooking Camps Are Back

Last year's Mad Hatter Tea Party was a tasty trip through Wonderland!

Already making plans for the summer? 

It's that time again!  The Growing Gourmets children's summer cooking camps are coming back. Don't forget to sign your children up for a fun week of hands-on cooking!  Located in the Fairfield neighborhood right here in Cypress, Texas, the classes offer children ages 8-12 the opportunity to expand their culinary skills in a home environment.  The classes are kept small for the best possible instruction.  All the camps have fun themes to make learning fun.  Each child will even get to take home a notebook full of his or her very own recipes.

Six Flags Over Texas
June 4-7 $70
Mon.-Thurs., 10 am-12 pm
8-12 year olds

Six Flags over Texas is the slogan used to describe the six nations that had sovereignty over the current territory of the US state of Texas. We are going to take a culinary tour through Texas history and explore how the cuisine of each nation is reflected in the foods we love today. We will travel through history creating and tasting recipes from the past. We’ll include a day for pioneers, eating like cowboys on the trail, and exploring the cuisine of the French, Spanish, Mexican (even German, though it is not one of the six flags) immigrants who influenced our current culinary tastes with dishes like homemade tortillas, kolaches and paellas. Join us for the best tasting history lesson you’ve ever had!

Pastries, Cakes, & Pies, Oh My!
June 18-21 $70
Mon.-Thurs., 10 am-12 pm
8-12 year olds

Mixing science and art, this class will cover the fundamentals of baking as we create beautiful and delicious pastries and desserts. We will learn how to make classic pastry cream and Pate’ Sucre (French pastry dough) as we create delicious tarts. Add molten chocolate cake, crème brulee, Madeleines, and poached pear anglais for a complete French pastry tour. Finally we bring out the Michelangelo in all of us, but instead of using a paintbrush we will create edible art with a pastry bag as we learn the secrets for decorating beautiful cookies and cakes. This class is perfect for students wanting to expand their pastry skills and satisfy their sweet tooth all in one.

Manners Matter: Traveling in Style
July 9-12 $70
Mon.-Thurs., 10 am-12 pm
8-12 year olds

Having good manners are important every day, not just when we sit down to dine at a fancy restaurant. This four-day 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! Please don’t think this is a “stuffy, boring” class…for we will use our etiquette expertise to “travel” to exotic lands and have…high tea in England…pastries on the sidewalk cafes of Paris…fondue on the long voyage aboard the Orient Express from Paris, Vienna, Amsterdam to Turkey…and a fine dining experience at the Plaza in New York

To Register:
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Please feel free to email me at with any questions you might have. Classes will meet at my home and class size will be kept small for the best hands-on experience. Please consider enrolling early to reserve a space.

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