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USA - ATHENS, PO Box 48857, ATHENS, GA 30604

USA - CLAYTON, 46 Plaza Way, Clayton, GA 30525

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Address: 46 Plaza Way, Clayton, GA, 30525

Phone: 706-782-0780


Beyond providing fresh and nutritious food to the needy, the Food Bank of Northeast Georgia wants to empower people to make healthy choices and learn new skills.

Our Teaching Kitchen programs are open to the public and include hands-on cooking classes, nutrition lessons, chef demonstrations, farmer’s market activities, and farm-to-table dinners. Proceeds from ticketed classes and events support the Food Bank’s efforts to end hunger by growing access to fresh food and nutrition education in Northeast Georgia.

We also offer free nutrition and cooking classes for eligible residents of Rabun, Towns, Habersham, Stephens, and White Counties. Call us today to find out how you can qualify for our free programs! Phone: (706) 782-0780

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Saturday, June 2: Knife Skills: Slicing Through the Basics {HANDS ON}

Solid knife skills are the foundation for speed in the kitchen. With a little dose of confidence, a pinch of good form and a sharp knife, making dinner won't take you three hours!

Through this hands-on class you will not only feel at ease yielding a knife through a head of cabbage, but you will walk away after eating a meal made from the fruits of your labor. You will also no longer wrestle with a butternut squash or loathe slicing an onion. You will mince madly, dice with dignity, and learn to make gorgeous matchsticks.

You will also:

• Get tips on purchasing a proper knife

• Learn to use a sharpening stone to sharpen a knife

• Understand which knife to use for the right job

• Receive one-on-one support on form and technique

• Take home a packet of instructions, tips, and recipes covered in class

Stop spending hours making dinner and don't go through another box of Bandaids! Get over the fears, have your questions answered, and start building solid knife skills for years to come!

Taught by Chef Nancy Campbell

Cost: $50 per person

Time: 2:00-4:30pm

Saturday, June 9: No Dairy, No Problem! {DEMO/HANDS-ON}

Lactose intolerant? Vegan? Or not…this class will highlight four versatile ways to use nuts and seeds to create fresh, raw and imaginative dairy-free foods that can substitute cheese, ice cream, milk and even yogurt. Using Cashew, learn how to make cream cheese and ice cream. Create your own favorite flavor of almond milk and break open a fresh young coconut to make a raw yogurt.

Cost: $45

Time: 2:00-4:00pm

Snacks included with recipes to take home

Taught by Chef David Sweeney

Saturday, June 16: Cooking for a Lifetime: Cancer Prevention Cooking School {DEMO with HANDS-ON ACTIVITIES}

Cooking for a Lifetime of Cancer Prevention educates participants about the significance of breast, cervical, and colorectal cancer and screening recommendations. This class offers nutrition and physical activity guidelines for cancer prevention. Participants will learn cooking skills to implement vital nutrition guidelines by viewing cooking demonstrations and recipe tasting.

Cost: $5 donation-based class

Time: 9:30am-12:00pm

Includes handouts, recipes, and delicious tastings

Taught by Family and Consumer Science Extension Agents, Carin Booth and Jessie Moore. Because of the generous support of the UGA Extension and USDA, we are able to deliver these important nutrition education programs at a reduced cost for our community

Monday, June 25 - Wednesday, June 27: Junior Chef Summer Camp {AGES 6-12)

Cost (3 days): $120

Time: 10:00am-1:00pm

Snacks and lunch included with recipes to take home

Monday June 25: Homemade Pasta

This class focuses on a kid favorite: pasta! We’ll make two types of pasta from scratch-fettuccini and ravioli. Students will discover how much fun making these items from scratch can be. Our homemade pasta sauce will include fresh, healthy ingredients.

MENU: Homemade Fettuccini; Homemade Ravioli with Ricotta and Parmesan; Fresh Tomato Sauce; Garden Salad; and Garlic Bread.

Tuesday, June 26: Sandwich Smackdown

This class takes students beyond the usual sandwich fare and offers updated twists to make a lineup of sure-to-be favorites. Students learn about a variety of breads, ingredient quality, and how to roast vegetables, make homemade mayonnaise, and combine flavors to make countless variations at home. Kids will have fun making these for lunches or as part of simple summer meals.

MENU: Grilled Pimento Cheese with Bacon and Avocado; Roasted Veggie and Mozzarella Panini with Homemade Mayonnaise; and Chocolate Almond Butter and Banana on Ciabatta. We’ll whip up some homemade tomato soup to round out our menu.

Wednesday, June 27: Baking Favorites

This class teaches basic baking techniques while students prepare delicious recipes that include a variety of favorite baked items. Students will learn how to properly measure ingredients, how to mix and cream, how to use a pastry bag and how to tell when baked items are done. Everyone will leave feeling more confident in the kitchen!

MENU: Buttermilk Biscuits with Honey Butter; Banana Bread; Classic Chocolate Chip Cookies and Snickerdoodle Cupcakes with Buttercream Frosting.

Taught by Chef Amanda Dew Manning

Saturday, July 7: Gougeres, Chèvre, and Clafoutis? Just say OUI!

Unleash your inner mademoiselle (or monsieur) and whip up a French country feast with help from Sweet Life’s Baker Extraordinaire Crystal Leach and Taste and Savor’s Healthy Chef Partyologist Nancy Waldeck on July 7th at 6 PM. You’ll work hands-on in the kitchen and then sit down to enjoy a feast of:

Gougeres (cheese puffs); Summer green salad with crispy chèvre (goat cheese) medallions, tossed in parsley, rosemary and thyme dressing; Herbed Pasta and Roasted Summer Tomatoes; and Summer Berry Clafoutis (open face tart)...don't miss out on this one, ooh lala!

Taught by Chef Crystal Leach of A Sweet Life and Healthy Chef Partyologist, Nancy Waldeck

Cost: $45 per person

Time: 6:00-8:30pm

Includes hands-on instruction, recipes, and a delicious French country feast

RESCHEDULED: Saturday, July 14: Meal Planning 101 {DEMO}

Weekly meal planning can take you from dreading the kitchen to having easy and healthy options to grab for any meal of the day. Through cooking demos and hands-on planning techniques, we will cover:

• How and what to prep in advance for easy weekday meals

• How to build a pantry of valuable everyday basics

• How to shop for the right mix of fresh produce that will keep

• How to make the best use of your time in the kitchen

Participants will also sample and go home with copies of tasty, meal planning-friendly recipes.

Whether you are cooking for 1, 2 or 6, you can end the cycle of ordering out and depending on frozen food and boxed mixes. Chef Nancy will show you how easy it can be to bring fresh, homemade food to your table. In the process, you will save money and boost your health without a lot of time spent in your kitchen. A vital win-win!

Taught by Chef Nancy Campbell

Cost: $30 per person

Time: 11:00-12:30pm

Tuesdays, July 10, July 17, July 24: Cooking Around the World Culinary Bootcamp {AGES 6-12}

Cost: $30 per class

Time: 10:00am-1:00pm

Snacks and lunch included with recipes to take home

Join us for one or more of these fun, hands-on cooking classes, and learn to cook your favorite foods from around the globe. We’ll learn and practice basic cooking skills and make flavorful dishes from Mexico, Asia, and Italy. Every lesson ends with a meal and you get to take home recipes to recreate with your family and friends!

Tuesday, July 10: Mexican Fiesta

It’s Taco Tuesday! Students will learn to make a variety of Mexican classics, then we’ll set up a taco bar with all of the fixings. Kids will practice basic knife skills, learn to sauté vegetables, and make two homemade salsas. We’ll make a refreshing watermelon agua fresca to accompany our meal.

MENU: Taco bar with refried beans; sautéed onions, peppers and mushrooms; roasted tomato salsa; creamy avocado tomatillo salsa; and watermelon agua fresca.

Tuesday, July 17: Asian Buddha Bowls

This class introduces students to the delicious, colorful, and nutritious bowls of beans, grains, and vegetables known as Buddha bowls. Students will learn basic knife skills while cutting fresh vegetable toppings, and they will make two homemade sauces for their bowls. Kids will leave with ideas for customizing their own Buddha bowls at home. We’ll also enjoy tropical fruit and yogurt parfaits.

MENU: Customizable Buddha bowls with brown rice, edamame, and a variety of fresh vegetables; carrot-ginger dressing; spicy peanut sauce; tropical fruit and yogurt parfaits.

Tuesday, July 24: Homemade Pizza Party

This class teaches students to make their own homemade pizza – one of everyone’s favorite dishes! Kids will learn to mix and knead pizza dough, and they’ll practice basic knife skills while preparing toppings. We’ll assemble our pizzas (including a dessert pizza!), then we’ll put together a green salad while they bake.

MENU: Whole wheat pizza dough topped with tomato sauce, cheese, and a variety of vegetable toppings; mixed green salad with homemade vinaigrette dressing.

Taught by Chef Jennifer Weissman

Teaching Kitchen Policies

Classes are first-come, first-served and often fill up quickly. To register, please submit your payment online here or call 706-782-0780. A non-refundable class tuition fee is required at the time of registration.

Cancellation Policy: Cancellation is accepted no later than 48 hours prior to the scheduled class. No cash refunds will be given. A one-time class credit will be issued, based upon schedule availability.

Low Enrollment Policy: Programs may be subject to cancellation due to low enrollment. Participants will be notified the week of the class or event and refunds will be issued.

Inclement Weather Policy: Programs may be subject to rescheduling due to inclement weather. Tickets are transferrable and can be credited to other programs if participant is unable to attend make-up date. Refunds can be issued if necessary.

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