Every bite of food we eat has a story. Here’s ours:
in June 2014, the Culinary Literacy Center is revolutionizing the way Philadelphians think about food, nutrition, and literacy. It aims to advance literacy in Philadelphia in a unique and innovative way—with a fork and spoon.
The Culinary Literacy Center is a commercial-grade kitchen that serves as a classroom and dining space for Philadelphians. We are more than just a cooking school. Teachers can bring students to our hands-on lab, where we teach math via measuring, reading via recipes, and science via seeing what pops out at the end of the cooking process. Chefs of all ages can experiment with new foods, new tools, and new ideas.
We offer a wide range of programs for eaters of all interests and tastes—our kitchen classes range from Meatless Mondays to Fish Without Fear, butchering demonstrations to salad how-tos. Free and low-cost public programs teach consumer skills that help parents make recipes fit their families’ needs and emphasize nutrition and health literacy to help with disease prevention. New on tap is Fare and Fête, an exclusive dining experience featuring cooking demonstrations from top Philly chefs, at which diners can sup on a three-course meal and sip the night away. All programs are designed to empower Philadelphians to take charge at the market and behind the stove!
Join us and build individual skills through interactive, community-focused workshops and demonstrations.
A Toolkit for Public Libraries
The Culinary Literacy Center at the Free Library of Philadelphia created this toolkit to help other public libraries replicate their work and launch programs of their own.
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