Thanks to Bliss Belly Kitchen for sponsoring today's guide to kids cooking classes in the East Bay. Bliss Belly Kitchen offers Farmers Market based Cooking Camps, After School Cooking Classes, Private Family Cooking Lessons, and Chocolate Making Birthday Parties (for kids and adults!).
I think it is amazing to have skilled kids in the kitchen (and not just to do the dishes). When my eldest makes his signature guacamole, everybody is happy. Encourage your children's culinary creativity, knife skills, and meal planning with these fantastic cooking classes, camps, and workshops.
Bliss Belly Kitchen (Berkeley, Oakland)
Bliss Belly Kitchen offers cooking camps and classes for children ages 5 to 13 and their families. Chef Neelam focuses on health-conscious, eco-conscious, and soul-conscious cooking. She also prepares chocolates and can facilitate a chocolate-making birthday party.
Bliss Belly Kitchen uses locally sourced organic farm fresh ingredients to teach children about the fundamentals of healthy cooking. Participants learn to source, cook, and appreciate delicious recipes.
510families readers can save 10% when you use code BBK510 at registration.
Cooking Round the World (Alameda, Oakland and other East Bay locations)
Campers age 6 to 13 learn about the flavors and cultures around the world with occasional foodie field trips during summer and seasonal schools out camps. From soups to entrees and desserts, children will learn culinary skills alongside international games and language acquisition.
Paulding & Company’s COOK! programs are creative and challenging culinary courses for 8 to 18-year-olds with hands-on activities designed to give kids the confidence and skills they need to cook for themselves and for their families and friends.
Habitot Children’s Museum (Downtown Berkeley)
Weekday morning, parent-child classes in cooking are offered throughout the year. Week-long, half-day camps for 3-5 year olds are offered during school breaks. Seasonal workshops like Gingerbread House Making are also on the calendar.
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Kitchen On Fire (Berkeley)
This learning lab for cooking offers occasional workshops for adult-children pairs and families. Upcoming Pizza class with more offerings in the spring. Cooking With Kids is for kids 10-18 and an adult.
Little Spoons Cafe (Piedmont)
Chef Eric leads popular summer cooking camps for ages 8 to 12 on weekday mornings through the Piedmont Recreation Department.
Sprouts (East Bay various)
In-restaurant cooking classes, workshops, and seasonal camps for kids 8+. Bay Area chefs offer 2-hour cooking classes right inside their restaurants. Sprouts’ aspiring chefs cook and eat everything themselves, hands-on, right alongside. Previous classes include homemade pasta and meatballs and desserts with Tartine Bakery.
Spun Sugar (Berkeley)
Spun Sugar is all about the sweets. Its calendar indicates kid-friendly workshops on vacations and weekends with a *. Recent kid-friendly classes include fancy cookies and cupcake fever. Children under 7 must be accompanied by a parent.
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Chef Neelam from Bliss Belly Kitchen is a credentialed school teacher and uses her knowledge of Ayurveda to plan healthy, delicious, nutritious, and refined sugar free meals. Campers go on a field trip to the farmers market and utilize farm fresh produce in every meal. She emphasizes mindfulness in all classes to make cooking healthy, happy, and uplifting. Her menus can accommodate various dietary restrictions.
Remember: 510families readers can save 10% on Bliss Belly Kitchen classes and camps when you use code BBK510 at registration.
Thanks a ton to Bliss Belly Kitchen for sponsoring our guide to get kids cooking!
[All photos provided by Chef Neelam of Bliss Belly Kitchen]