For those who know me, you know how much I love to volunteer and give back to my community. I can thank my parents for instilling that trait in me and my sisters at a young age. Growing up in our family volunteering, helping others and giving back was the norm and something I grew to love at a young age.
So, after looking for the right volunteer opportunity in San Francisco, my new City I couldn’t have been happier when I discovered an amazing organization, Sprouts Cooking Club. It combines three of my passions; Food, Volunteering and spending time with children. Sprouts Cooking Club’s goal is to teach kids about healthy eating while reminding them about healthy real foods prepared at home or during Sprouts Classes taught with local Chefs. An excerpt from the Sprouts Founder states “At Sprouts, we are fighting this phenomenon of alienation from real foods by reintroducing the satisfaction and fun of creating real foods. I’m convinced that by breathing fun and creativity back into the process, we will make healthy, real eating fun again. One way to do this if by cooking with real chefs, hands-on. What better person to teach the kids about healthy foods than someone who is so passionate about good food and real ingredients that they`ve made it their career. The chefs are culinary heros to the kids.”
Cooking with Slanted Door’s Sous-Chef Alex and Sprouts Cooking Club – I’ve been fortunate to volunteer twice for The Slanted Door’s Cooking classes taught by Sous-Chef Alex. They’ve both been great classes. In the first class (pictures shown below), we learned how to make Stir Fry and in second class, we learned Spring Rolls which was awesome. Read more about the Spring Rolls cooking class here.
Pre class set up: The Chef, veggies & cooking ingredients
The kids hearing about all the ingredients going into the Stir-Fry
A familiar face, Payton (a.k.a Chez Pay of Chez Pay) Junior Baker extraordinaire
Chef Alex teaching the students how to stir-fry
The delicious finished product: Stir Fry with some nuts and greens on top for presentation
What do you think?