The Community Kitchen is bustling with exciting new spring program offerings and events! Located at the Albion-Heatherington Recreation Centre, this interactive teaching kitchen is the first of its kind in our city facilities.
This April residents can check out a variety of new classes to sharpen their culinary skills. For kids, offerings include:
|Kitchen Adventures:||Learn the basics of food preparation, cooking and baking techniques as well as healthy eating. Learn to create and enjoy good food. This is a registered program for children 6 to 12 years of age. Wednesdays, 4 to 6 pm March 27 to May 1, $70.75 Barcode 1438856 May 8 to June 19, $82.75 Barcode 1438865|
|Youth Cook-off Competition||There will be various competitions: blind taste tests, make a lunch with a mystery box of ingredients, as well as a dessert round similar to the reality TV show “Nailed It”. This program is sponsored by the Boys and Girls Club. For more information call 613-526-5468.|
|Youth Baking||A monthly workshop for youth. Learn simple recipes, explore new dishes, and discover food from around the world together.|
For the more adventurous cook or for those looking to try new cuisines and techniques, there are several new classes that are a must try. These include:
|Taste of Africa||There are so many awesome cultures about Africa and one of them is the food. During this free cooking workshop you will learn about African cultures such as Ivorian, Sierra Leone and Ghana through delicious dishes. Ivorian fried rice, plantain, banana akara, bisap drink (hibiscus drink), to name a few, are on the menu. To reserve your spot call 613-247-4827.|
|Gardening and Preserving 101||Learn the basic fundamentals and benefits of gardening, home canning and freezing. Canning and freezing are a safe, economical way to preserve food at home that can save you money and allow you to enjoy homegrown foods year round.|
|Community Kitchen Workshops||Put on your chef’s hat and apron and let’s take a trip around the world with Chef Rafic and start cooking! April 16 we’ll travel to the Mediterranean. On April 30 we tour India. Space is limited so reserve your seat early by calling 613-247-4828.|
|Women’s Fitness and Healthy Snacks||Get fit and learn how to prepare healthy snacks.|
But, that is not all!
We all know that the kitchen is the heart of every home. Well, we want this kitchen to be the heart of our community. There is no better way to celebrate, engage, and chat with our neighbours than by sharing a meal. If this sounds good to you, I encourage you to consider these additional programs:
|Tea & Chat||All are welcome to cook and eat at this free community lunch and get-together. Drop in to enjoy a nutritious meal and a good friendly conversation.|
|Community Unity Dinner||Come enjoy a family dinner cooked by our community volunteers. Reserve seats by calling Louis (613 731-4157) or Suzanne (613 413-8699).|
For more information on these exciting new programs, please call the Albion-Heatherington Recreation Centre at 613-247-4828.
Let’s get cooking!