iCOOK is a really fun, hands-on after-school cooking program for children. Our mission is simple: to help teach children to love everything about food – cooking, eating delicious and healthful dishes (of course!) and learning about different cultures, stories behind the food. We make every experience fun because we start with great recipes and fresh ingredients, colorful cooking stations and engaging activities. Also, we keep things food-safe: we are a nut-free establishment and we can accommodate most food allergies and diet restrictions. We also teach basic table manners and dining etiquette, and of course, clean-up skills.
We choose recipes and activities that focus on delicious and nutritious. Our recipes tend to be easy and colorful using mostly fresh ingredients. We also have fun names for our recipes, too, because we find “Super-Power Smoothie” or “Godzilla Veggie Bites” encourage students to try new tastes. And because we want every student to love the food, our focus is on “slightly healthier” balanced recipes, with treats here and there. That’s why we try to abide by the motto: “Everything in moderation, even moderation.”
Children are encouraged to share their cooking experiences when they return home. We provide the recipes, cooking tips and talking points to create recipe sharing and learning at home easier and more fun.
Our culinary instructors are all confident and capable in the kitchen; they have culinary backgrounds and many are also registered dietitian nutritionists (RDNs)—so you can be sure that “health” is an important ingredient in each recipe.
iCOOK – and you can, too!