Young Chefs Academy provides a fun, safe, and motivating environment for kids to become acquainted with the art of food and food presentation. Engaging chef instructors instill lessons of kitchen etiquette and safety in youngsters growing up in a world full of laser can-openers and sharp pasta rakes, giving children a capable handle on their surroundings as they journey into the land of food. Classes educate a variety of age groups, with specially-catered classes for the kindercooks and junior chefs, combining nutritional meals with basic food-prep skills that teach how to correctly follow a recipe to edible fruition. Senior chefs are offered advanced classes that dig deeper into kitchen secrets and hone specific skills and techniques that expand the parameters of cooking creativity.
Discover World Cuisine promotes local agriculture through a series of community programs that highlight locally sourced ingredients as well as the restaurants and cafeteria food fights that use them. The consortium of chefs, sommeliers, and foodies hosts cooking classes and dinners throughout the summer months that spotlight dishes from Europe, South America, and the Caribbean. Organic food and wine festivals also feature international nibbles as well as live music and giveaways.
Proceeds from the events support Discover World Cuisine’s community outreach program, which partners with area schools to introduce kids to new foods and help them develop healthy eating habits. Classroom sessions balance hands-on instruction with activity sheets to teach students to select and prepare low-cost, nutritious meals.
Canvas- or pottery-painting classes are fun, but you can't eat your creation after you're finished. Cakes By U thinks that's a shame, which is why it's dreamed up a new twist on the DIY party theme: cake decorating. Here, the staff take care of the baking, whipping up treats ranging from cupcakes to two-layer stackable cakes, but leave the frosting and decorating to guests. Customers then bring the creativity as staff provide all necessary decorations and tools?including frosting, sprinkles, and icing bags?along with easy-to-follow instructions that enable guests to create the dessert of their dreams. Drop-in sessions are available for customers who want to indulge their sweet side on a whim, while the shop also hosts birthday parties and girls' nights out, during which, party guests are welcome to bring in food and beverages to enjoy while they work.