When I first read my co-founder Grace’s (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 within 70 miles. It was easy sell and, in fact, the 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 our local 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. It was 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.
Billy Mawhiney, Founder of Time at the Table, a nonprofit organization simplistic at heart. We focus on reconnecting families around the dinner table through our workshop’s four main ingredients: Meal Management, Creating Conversations, Table Time, and Building Self-Sustainable families. In addition, we offer a variety of free family services targeted to support families enhancing their own dinner table experience.