This summer, instead of signing our daughter up for a bunch of expensive programs we could not afford, we did a variety of cheaper classes. We did a couple of one-time art classes, a weekly gymnastics summer special, and two Dierbergs School of Cooking classes for ages kindergarten through first grade. We attend the first of these two classes today, and we left feeling impressed and excited about the next class.
Today’s class was called “Down on the Farm,” and it included a chicken dish cooked with potato chips, cupcakes, and “moo juice,” which was like an orange smoothie. About fifteen kids were in the class, so each child took turns going in front of the class and helping with ingredients and cooking. The kitchen in Dierbergs Cooking School is lovely—it’s as clean and pretty as it was 15 years ago when I took classes there as a child myself, and it’s shaped like a demo cooking area, with a U-shaped counter surrounded by chairs all facing a central kitchen. It was just as accessible to the children as it is to adults who take courses there.
And adults can take courses there every week! From couples classes to Girl’s Night Out, cooking demonstrations where you just eat to full cooking courses where you’ll make your own meals, they have something for everyone. While this class was for younger kids, they have older kids’ classes, too—including some fun TV-based ones for kids who enjoy Food Network programs like “Chopped,” “Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives,” and other shows. My six-year-old loves “Chopped,” so I know once she’s in second grade if they still offer it, we’ll be doing that one!
The class for her age was only $12, which included all utensils and supplies, recipe handouts and coloring sheets for home, instruction, the meal itself, and clean-up—not bad! The class was an hour. Older kids’ classes do cost more, but they also make more items and spend a longer amount of time in the kitchen itself.
I highly recommend this program for any kids or adults who want to learn more about cooking—or who just want a fun night out with some good homemade food. They also have birthday party, scouting, and other group options if you are interested. For these options, you can either select from current themes the school offers, or you can call and request specific themes and menus that your children will be sure to enjoy.