Little Kitchen Academy - Changing Lives from Scratch!
I am ecstatic that our first of its kind Montessori-inspired cooking academy for kids ages three through teens has launched. The Little Kitchen Academy has a concept and vision that holds true to my goals for our kids’ future with food and healthy living. My partner, creator and founder,Felicity Curin says it best, “Through joy, mindfulness and learning we are creating a foundation for a healthy life”.
Just as we do at home with our kids, students are encouraged to plant, nurture, harvest and prepare produce because when they are a part of the food making process, kids are more likely to ENJOY what they eat! We also teach the children on the importance of using organic, local and in-season ingredients. Highlighting the value it adds to the food while educating them on the importance of sustainability and how they can make an impact.
Where do you start to get the kids in the kitchen with you? You can start slow with little tasks like cleaning fruit, cutting vegetables, juicing lemons to reserve for a salad or fish and one of my favorite actives with our boys – making pasta! The most important part is that you are all together, talking and forming traditions. The key is to start - everything else will fall into place! Below are some of my favorite kid friendly items to make kids a part of the cooking process at home!
Our children are our future and if I can empower a group of children who can make an impact on their community and future communities – that is something I will be proud of forever. I encourage you to check out all that Little Kitchen Academy is doing and I will keep you posted on my journey with them as well!
Over the past week on CORA-ntine Cuisine, I got to reunite with several friends that Nicole and I have made over the years. Our incredible guests included Maria Shriver, Sheila E, Debi Mazar, Chef Gabriele Corcos, Chef Karen Akunowicz and the Shirley Temple King! Many of the guests spoke of the importance of taking care of your health and eating foods that boost your immune system.
Hey y'all! This past week was one for the books. Not only did we celebrate Greek Easter, but it was also my son Caje's birthday! I got to chat with some incredible special guests including Cameron Mathis, David Burtka, Scott Evans, Chef Andrew Zimmern and superstar film director Tate Taylor! I'm going to share a few of my favorite recipes from last week and fill you in on some of the topics we discussed.
I've had so much fun on CORA-ntine Cuisine this past week. I got to chat with several special guests including Chef Ingrid Hofffman, Chef Dominique Crenn, Cake Wars host Jonathan Bennet and my partners at the Little Kitchen Academy, Felicity and Brian Curin. There's been one common theme in all of my chats so far and that theme is positivity.