Food is a social currency that transcends all barriers, including language, age, gender. Food is also the cornerstone of health. Mental health, physical well being, and brain functionality all stem from the basic tenet of, “What did I eat today?” We need to put proper nutrients into our bodies in order to function at our maximum potential.
Cooking classes are short courses that aim to provide ideas and hands-on experience in specific areas related to food preparation, food presentation, and food appreciation. EATS offers cooking classes for children through our Curious Cooks program, Kitchen Inspiration: Cooking Classes for Adults and Family Cooking Classes.
Curious Cooks is EATS’ signature cooking series for children of all ages. Curious Cooks is a series of interactive cooking classes intended to get students excited about food and nutrition. Whether they are rolling their own pasta or building a creative salad, Curious Cooks help children become involved with their food. They learn where ingredients come from, how to use them in delicious creations, and what specifically about these items are good for their bodies and minds. With repeated exposure through hands-on learning, these students leave elementary school with a well-rounded knowledge of basic food preparation and good nutrition.
"Learning how to cook means you can experiment with different foods. It’s a healthier way of life. You can spend quality time with people you love." – Isabella Andrews, age 9, McPolin cooking class student
Curious Cooks: Afterschool
Grades K - 5
EATS teaches students during the after school program at each elementary school once a month. Which means, EATS cooks with this age group EVERY FRIDAY! With kindergartners thriving during sensory activities and 5th graders completely capable of reading and following most recipes, EATS adapts our lesson plans based on the age group. Our robust committee of professional chefs, educators, nutritionists, and dieticians ensure that our lessons are accurate, relevant, and age-appropriate.
300+ students attend ten cooking classes each school year. – EATS
Grades 6 - 9: YSA & EATS
During the 2017/18 school year, we began teaching cooking classes to students in the upper grades. Through EATS’ collaboration with the Youth Sports Alliance (YSA), we are able to reach students in the local middle schools and junior highs (grades 6-9).
To sign up for YSA classes, please visit the YSA website.
After School Cooking Classes at Ecker
These middle school classes were so popular, EATS was asked to be a part of Ecker Hill Middle School’s ongoing after school program!
To sign up for Ecker’s after school program with EATS, please visit the Ecker after school website.
Kitchen Inspiration: Cooking Classes for Adults
EATS’ signature series, Curious Cooks, now has a grown-up partner in Kitchen Inspiration! The kitchen is the place where we heat food in the microwave, wash the dishes, and sometimes even consume our food. It’s also a space to grow microgreens, expand your palate, or practice essential life skills with your children, family, and friends.
Get acquainted with your kitchen! EATS’ Cooking Classes for Adults feature food and beverage pairings, exciting new recipes, niche topic series like pickling, and more – all with EATS’ signature hands-on style.
Family Cooking Classes
This family-focused series is offered in the summer months and focuses on delicious and healthy summer favorites. Family Classes focus on family cooking with kids from kindergarten age or younger and up, as well as nutrition education. Participants will learn how to involve their whole family in meal preparation, get fresh and healthy recipe ideas on a budget, and build community by sharing a meal together at the end of each class.