When I first saw one of my co-founder of Blog for Family Dinner Grace’s, from EatDinner.org, post on The Family Dinner Book titled “Yes, You Can Make Family Dinner: Tips for Cooking Confidence” it was an epiphany for me. This was not new information, but rather common sense. When someone is more comfortable and confident they are more apt to repeat that behavior. Thus our Kitchen Kids program was born. In our community of Mitchell, SD, there are currently no programs that offer cooking classes for young children for miles. It was easy sell and in fact our first class filled up within a week.
I was pleasantly surprised that out of the 5 children attending (we only allow 5 per class to ensure they learn the most they can possible), 4 out of the 5 were boys. It makes perfect sense considering everyone has to eat! Our classes were held Saturday mornings at the James Valley Community Center for one hour.
Week 1: Making pasta – who knew flour & eggs could be so “cool”?
Week 2: Mozzarella – the pure disgust on their faces when the milk curdled was priceless!
Week 3: Marinara – they were so proud they made 7 quarts of sauce in less than 30 minutes, and also our first time using knives, immersion blenders and anything sharp, man was I a nervous wreck!
Week 4: Serving the meal – they invited a parent or family member to join them as they recapped and remade what they had learned.
They all had a great time and have signed up for our next session! Just the start in our fight to reclaim and rebuild the tradition of family dinner. If you are interested in donating kitchen supplies or our wish list items just simply go to www.timeatthetable.org. You can also sign up for the March session now!
**This post was originally written and posted on the Blog for Family Dinner website.