Kids Cook Naturally is a paid advertising partner with Little Lake County, this story is part of their partnership.
I have problems making commitments to kids’ classes, especially for my older kids. I never know what’s going to pop up at school that will interest them in addition to what we have registered for. Other times, it’s simply scheduling that gets in the way, or a child’s homework load becomes too much. Or worse yet, you discover that your kid doesn’t really enjoy the class. These are just a few of the reasons I was so excited to try out Kids Cook Naturally’s new class offering: One Night Taste.
Kids Cook Naturally teaches kids the basics of cooking using all natural ingredients. Classes are taught by Lisa Pucher, who has been teaching children in various capacities for over 20 years. Her classes teach children everything from prepping ingredients to putting a meal together, as well as cleaning up. During a regular session, children work through a series of different techniques and finish the course with a cookbook of all their recipes. One of Little Lake County’s writers Tracy, reviewed a regular session class here if you want to learn more.
One Night Taste classes are just that, a single class. While you don’t walk out with an entire cookbook of recipes, children get the same experience as in regular sessions, just in a more condensed form. This was perfect for my family and my commitment issues. My daughter (age 10) loves to bake and help out in the kitchen. As she is one of four children, the budget and timing of many classes has not worked out in her favor. She was over the moon excited to learn she was going to be able to take a class for only one night.
Classes are held at Cacao Sweets & Treats (Grayslake) and last an hour and a half. Parents can choose to stay and peek in from the cafe at Cacao, or they can leave and come back. Pre-registration is required for these classes to ensure Miss Lisa has enough supplies on hand, but all paperwork and money can be done at the time of drop-off. The single night classes allow you to choose exactly what you will be making. The night we were there my daughter made lasagna pizza puffs; upcoming classes include BBQ Chicken Stuffed Potatoes, Corn Dog Muffins and Crispy Ravioli.
From the moment the kids walk inside the kitchen, Miss Lisa emphasizes cleanliness. Hands are washed, hair is pulled back and if the children touch their face, they must wash their hands again — there is no spoon licking happening here! The kids do all the preparation work themselves, from chopping onions and shredding cheese to browning the ground turkey. Miss Lisa came with pizza dough already prepared, and the sharpest utensil the children encounter is a cheese shredder. Even the onions are chopped with a butter knife. While the kids are busy with the preparation work, Miss Lisa takes charge of the industrial oven! Children ages four and older may enroll in classes, but as you can see in the photograph above, the counter is tall so smaller children may stand on stools or work in another area.
Everyone not only took home their own pizza puffs, but the children also sampled one at the end of class — after clean-up of course! Clean-up is part of the class, and all the children will help with dishes, wiping down counters and sweeping floors.
- BBQ Chicken Stuffed Potatoes – ages 7-12
- Corn Dog Muffins – ages 7-12
- Crispy Ravioli – ages 7-12
- Zucchini Pasta and Meat Sauce – ages 7-12
- Pizza Party Night – ages 4-6
- Partner Pizza Night – ages 2-5
April 5 – Parent must stay
- Zucchini Boats – ages 7-12
- Apple Pies – ages 4-6
- Fruit Filled Tooty Fruity – ages 4-6
- Won Ton Taco Cups – ages 7-12
Full-session, winter classes begin on January 24; three sessions will be offered that run through May 1. Find the complete details at the Kids Cook Naturally Website.
Disclosure: The writer received a complimentary class in order to facilitate this review. All thoughts and opinions are her own. Kids Cook Naturally is paid advertising partner with Little Lake County. If you are interested in having your product or business featured please contact us.