- $59 for an in-home, private cooking lesson for two (a $125 value)
The lesson is designed for healthy eating that can appeal to diners of all ages. Meredith Chartier plans cooking lessons for two pupils, providing them with a list of necessary equipment and ingredients before she arrives. Should students not have all the pots, pans, and various items needed, Meredith provides them from her own stock, along with a recommendation on where to buy such items for future use. She starts with the basics, washing and chopping ingredients and giving her students the opportunity to practice. Then, she provides thorough instruction on cooking methods and temperatures. Before leaving, she helps homeowners clean up as they discuss how best to serve and store food.
Meredith Chartier developed a love for cooking as a young girl, helping her mother, aunt, and grandmother prepare family meals. This passion stayed with her, even as she went on to become an elementary school teacher. After 10 years of teaching, Meredith's good friend––a pastry chef by trade––offered her the opportunity to create the savory portion of a sweet-and-savory soiree for a client. In doing so, Meredith discovered that cooking was truly what she wanted to do for a living, and less than a year later she launched Bellamy Kitchen.
As the chef behind Bellamy Kitchen, Meredith puts her teaching skills to use designing lesson plans for in-home cooking courses. She also builds menus for catered events and helps people organize their kitchens. She does it all with an eye toward sustainability, getting her produce from the local Catalpa Ridge Farm, composting all food waste, and using packaging that can be recycled or at least turned into a cool hat.