Come See What's Cooking: Announcing Our New Culinary Literacy Center!

By Michelle S. RSS Mon, June 2, 2014

The Free Library of Philadelphia launched its new Culinary Literacy Center and state-of-the-art demonstration kitchen, sponsored by Cancer Treatment Centers of America, this morning at the Parkway Central Library with the help of two of Philadelphia’s most acclaimed chefs: Jose Garces and Marc Vetri. As part of the Culinary Literacy Center kickoff, some of the Library’s many culinary literacy partners hosted interactive stations that focused on different aspects of cooking and nutrition. Plus, Chef Garces and Chef Vetri helped lead a group of community members and non-native-English speaking restaurant workers through a knife-skills class, highlighting the intersection of cooking and literacy.

By using cooking to teach reading (recipes), math (measuring), and even chemistry (what happens to the food when it goes into the oven), the Library will provide an array of innovative—and delicious—programs that help develop literacy and problem-solving skills. The Culinary Literacy Center will also allow the Free Library to host workshops on nutrition, courses on budgeting and cooking for healthy living, and public classes and demonstrations.

The Free Library is excited to work with its many community partners to bring the Culinary Literacy Center to life, including the Garces Foundation; the Vetri Foundation; the Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP), a vocational program for high school students; Drexel University’s Center for Hospitality and Sport Management; the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability; Penn State Extension’s Nutrition Links; The Supportive Older Women’s Network (SOWN); the Center for Literacy; and more.

For a full schedule of culinary literacy programs at the Free Library, check out!

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When will you have classes for Adults in the Culinary Literacy Events? Everything you have so far is for children & teens.
Saturday, June 14, 2014

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Is this for adults only, or can you bring your kids...
Dana Bennett - west phila
Wednesday, June 25, 2014

We are working every day to keep adding classes for all ages in our Culinary Literacy Center. Right now we have classes available for children and adults. Visit for the full schedule!
Michelle - Free Library
Wednesday, June 25, 2014

I just learned of this from PCCY board member - Awesome! I am running a school-based food & nutrition education pilot out here in the burbs we call "Fifth Grader Approved Foods" and would love to connect with someone from this project. Please reach me with a contact - Rich (at) "Fifth Grader Approved Foods" "An innovative unit of study that invites students and teachers to create fun, nutritious food recommendations and share them with their parents and community through a web app."
Rich - Wynnewood
Wednesday, October 8, 2014

The Culinary Literacy Center at the Library is a fabulous addition to Philadelphia. Here is my request: Could you have more Adult programs, on Saturdays and Sundays. Thank you! Mary - Philadelphia
Mary - Philadelphia
Friday, February 20, 2015

I am an enrichment coordinator for Hope Partnership for Education. i am developing an after-school enrichment program for 5th-8th graders from 3:30-4:45. I was hoping we could include culinary literacy through the free library. Please let me know if this is something you cab help us with. Thank you Nashanta 215-232-5410 ex 208
Nashanta Robinson - Philadelphia 19133
Monday, September 14, 2015

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