Teaching and Processing Kitchen
In our teaching and processing kitchen we host hands on cooking classes for children and adults, offer after school programs that provide youth with healthy, locally sourced snacks, train community members for jobs in the local food economy, and process locally grown produce seconds and surplus.
How We Do It
There are three main components in our kitchen that allow us to demonstrate a sustainable food system; the teaching kitchen, processing kitchen, and a shared community space.
The front portion of the Kitchen has three teaching stations equipped with home kitchen appliances.
All of our classes will revolve around fresh, seasonal produce that is locally available. This teaching kitchen allows learners to gain familiarity and knowledge working with whole products and transforming them into healthful and delicious meals at home.
We host cooking classes for all ages including:
• after school and summer classes for youth
• knife skills and food safety for adults
• guest chef classes for more advanced cooks
• meal planning for families on a budget
• and more!
These classes also provide soft skills such as time management, team work, leadership, physical communication, collaboration, inclusion
Please visit our cooking and nutrition education programs page to find more information about these classes!
Did you know that currently 40% of all food produced in the US is wasted? To reduce this, FoodChain’s Kitchen is partnering with GleanKY, area farmers, KY Farms to FoodBanks, and God’s Pantry to utilize “seconds produce” or fresh surplus product that can’t be accepted by typical markets.
FoodChain’s Processing Kitchen Team lightly processes these local fruits and veggies by washing, sorting, chopping, blanching, freezing, pureeing, and more. This step transforms the seconds produce into a more convenient, usable, and accessible product for both home cooks and large institutions, such as public schools.
Processing local produce is an essential and currently missing step towards creating a sustainable and economically viable food system. The bulk of this processing is done in our Food Sector Job Training Program!
Visit our Food Sector Job Training Page and our Processing page to learn more about those programs!
An essential role of the Kitchen is its ability to serve as a gathering space for our neighbors and a safe, welcoming place for community development, brought to life through the unifying power of shared food.
This Kitchen fosters an environment of inclusion and the formation of shared memories with potlucks, community Meals, and safe spaces to sit, eat, talk, and share
These events encourage celebration through storytelling of the history and culture of this neighborhood as well as recognition and camaraderie of fellow residents.
The Kitchen will be an employer of the community, collect recipes for the preservation of important cultural history, and host chefs and home cooks from the neighborhood to teach classes and lead cooking demonstrations.
Check out our community meals page to see the multitude of ways this kitchen serves as a community space, offering nutritious meals and snacks to our immediate neighbors.
The Kitchen encourages creativity and craft, and be a fun place to meet a smiling face.
To volunteer for our community meals, you can sign up for dates here, or find out more by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.