We Make Our Own

Everybody loves Cheetos. And no harm to it. Sometimes it’s just what you need.

But kids need to know that apples are delicious too, and even that you can actually make things like Cheetos yourself. In fact, one of our most popular programs for kids shows them how to make their own soda and Doritos.

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The food industry likes to distinguish between “snacks,” like chips and candy (what moms think of as junk food), and “healthy snacks” like granola bars and Sun Chips, and those “reel froot jelly” things that kids insist isn’t candy. Here’s a secret: we eat that stuff too, sometimes.

But it isn’t what we’d call healthy—it’s “junk food” or “snack food.” A fine distinction.

In fact, the distinction should not be “healthy” or “snack” or “junk,” but simply there is food and then there is that edible stuff that they sell in all the pretty boxes. If you have to say “this is healthy food,” chances are it isn’t food at all because saying “healthy” food is like saying “cold” ice or “metal” steel– it’s simply redundant.

Kids in the Kitchen brings this back home to kids—they learn about real food–how it starts and how they can make it themselves. Healthy barely needs to be stated.

Food is healthy. That is its purpose.

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This September, we’re excited to announce that we’re starting our first regular program for younger kids, to teach them about basic cooking skills, good nutrition, healthy food choices, staying safe in the kitchen, and how cooking and gardening go hand in hand!

We’re working with a community partner for Kids in the Kitchen, part of a nationwide program to encourage young people ages eight to 14 to eat healthier meals and snacks through hands-on cooking experiences. Youth participants learn to prepare simple, healthy foods they can make themselves.

Classes are held at the Community Cooking School, a fully-equipped teaching kitchen with a mission of teaching everyone (Everyone. Seriously.) how to cook their own food.

Our community partners are providing a nutritionist and benches for the kids to stand on, but we need your help, too. We urge you to go here and check out our crowd funding campaign to raise the money needed for the first three sessions.

We hope you’ll consider making a pledge:
• If you think kids should know their way around a kitchen
• If you learned to how to cook as a kid
• If you’re sorry that you didn’t learn to cook as a kid

Help us out. Get some kids in our kitchen this fall.