Have a young chef in the house or perhaps a baker in the making? Encourage their passion by signing up for a fun cooking class. Your child will learn new skills and perhaps share them with you during the next meal time. Win win for all around! Check out these classes in Fairfield County and for more after school class ideas check out our guide.
Learn to cook with chef Debra Ponzek's of Aux Delices. She offers cooking classes for kids (and adults) either at the Aux Delices kitchens or in the privacy of your own home. Instructors are both in house and guests from well-known NYC and Fairfield county restaurants.
3 West Elm Street, Greenwich, CT 06830 (203) 326-4540
The Kiddie Kitchen
This program, run by chef Neena Perez, brings the cooking to you. Sign up for a cooking class, party or even summer camp. Based in Norwalk, CT, the organization will travel up to 80 miles to reach you. They bring all the ingredients for the menu of your choice, they even provide all the necessary equipment plus chef hats and aprons for your little chefs. You simply can't say no to that!
501 Westport Avenue, #294, Norwalk, CT 06851 (203) 347-8225
The Cookie Workshop
This nut-free facility offers regular drop-in cooking hours as well as the opportunity to host a birthday party or other event in their cookie and cupcake kitchen. Everything is made from scratch and can be customized to suit a vegan or gluten-free diet.
100 Corporate Drive, Trumbull, CT 06611 (203) 452-8872
The chain grocery store offers various culinary classes and experiences for young gastronomes. Check your local store's website for details.
This Connecticut Magazine is dedicated to celebrating the food resources of CT. Check it often for recipes, events and great information on local food.
Two more great online sources for cooking with kids are Eila Johnson's Full Plate Blog, and Jennifer Spaide's Simplicious Magazine. Both of these Fairfield County cooks/moms are focused on creating nutritious, time efficient, and appealing meals for their young children.
Open Door Shelter Soup Kitchen
Take your child to volunteer at this soup kitchen. With 95 beds filled every night and a kitchen serving three meals a day, Open Door Shelter is always looking for extra hands.
4 Merritt Street, Norwalk, CT 06854 203.866.1057
Originally published on 1/14/2012.