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CULINARY LITERACY CENTER
Nourishing Literacy gives children the opportunity to experiment with new foods, new tools, and new ideas.

Nourishing Literacy is a unique opportunity for students to learn through cooking in the Library’s state-of-the-art kitchen classroom. Through hands-on cooking activities, students explore math, science, writing, and other academic areas. In Nourshing Literacy, students learn to make nutritious, delicious food, and they gain practical culinary skills they can use for a lifetime.

If you are interested in having your class participate in Nourishing Literacy, please fill out this form. We will follow up with you as soon as possible.

Nourishing Literacy is a partnership between the Culinary Literacy Center and Honeypie Cooking.

NOURISHING LITERACY LESSONS

Seeds That Feed (Pre-K – 1st grade)

Can you eat a rainbow? In Seeds That Feed students will ponder this big question and more as they learn about edible plant parts and their functions. In the kitchen students will learn how to prepare a rainbow-colored plant-part pasta dish, why we follow directions when we cook, and how to make their healthy meals colorful.

Flavor-Focused Kitchen Science (2nd – 4th grade)

In her book Starting from Scratch, author Sarah Elton reminds us that when we cook, we are conducting science. "When we heat up our ingredients,"" Elton tells us, "we are causing chemical and physical reactions in them. Quite simply, we’re transforming matter from one state to another."" In Flavor-Focused Kitchen Science, students get to become scientists as they learn about transforming matter through pickling. In the kitchen classroom they will get to try their hands at quick pickling while they learn about fermentation, food safety, and proper handwashing technique.

Faces of Food (5th – 8th grade)

How does the food we eat get to our table? In Faces of Food, students will explore this big question and more as they learn about the jobs and workers that make up the food system. In the kitchen students will learn about mise en place and try their hands at a variety of restaurant jobs as they work together to prepare, cook, eat, and clean up a delicious plant-based meal.

SCHEDULING YOUR VISIT

During the 2017–2018 school year, Nourishing Literacy is offered on Tuesdays and Fridays from October through June. Each class is one hour and 45 minutes. There are two sessions available each day:

  • mornings │ 10:00 a.m.–11:45 a.m.
  • afternoons │ 1:00–2:45 p.m.
We will schedule classes on a first come, first served basis.

Month Classes Offered
October Faces of Food - Grades 5-8
November Faces of Food - Grades 5-8
December Seeds that Feed - Grades PreK-1
January Seeds that Feed - Grades PreK-1
February Seeds that Feed - Grades PreK-1
March Faces of Food - Grades 5-8
April Flavor-Focused - Grades 2-5
Kitchen Science - Grades 2-5
May Flavor-Focused - Grades 2-5
Kitchen Science - Grades 2-5
June Flavor-Focused - Grades 2-5
Kitchen Science - Grades 2-5