When T was younger, he loved to help out in the kitchen. Of course, I’ve never been much of a cook, so it was always really simple stuff. Like stirring the from-the-box mashed potatoes. My friend and I went in together to buy him a play kitchen one Christmas, and he still loves playing with it. It’s the most popular toy when other kids come to visit.
These days, cooking in my kitchen just doesn’t hold his five-year-old attention.
When my friend gifted us with a Kids in the Kitchen cooking class via a LivingSocial deal, I was optimistic. Sure his attention span is nonexistent, but maybe doing it with a bunch of other kids would be a different experience.
In the days leading up to the class, T was excited. He kept a countdown to when he’d get to take his cooking class. I had a couple days off in between jobs, so I scheduled us for a Tuesday class from 3:30-5pm. The Kids in the Kitchen class is held at the River School Farm on White Fir Drive here in Reno on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30-5pm. My only complaint is that there was no weekend option, and 3:30pm is not a class we’d be able to make on a normal basis.
I picked him up early from school and we headed to the River School Farm. Chef K was waiting at the outdoor kitchen set-up, already noticeably excited about the class. She informed T that he was the only student for the class, so they got started.
First, I want to express my gratitude to Chef K. She was a delight to watch with T. She’s got a great personality, lots of energy, and didn’t even mind the thousands of questions or short attention span of my little monster. She gave him a chef’s hat to wear and made him in charge of decisions. Did he want to make green or pink pasta? Did he want garlic in his pesto? Did he want to turn the crank on the pasta roller or catch the pasta as it came out? Did he want to make fettuccine or spaghetti? (Answers: green pasta, no garlic, switched off, fettuccine and spaghetti)
After the class, she gave us a walking tour of the River School Farm. She told him about the different vegetables in the greenhouse, how the beekeeper separates the honey from the honeycomb, and what composting is.
I talked to Chef K about future classes, and she told me she is planning on adding a weekend class. She only started teaching at River School Farm in July (but she’s been teaching cooking longer), so I imagine she’s gauging interest with the LivingSocial deal. I’ve got my name on her email list, so I’ll be sure to know about all the upcoming classes.
We went home with a big bunch of pasta to freeze and cook later, plus the leftovers of what we taste-tested at the class.
All-in-all, our experience with Chef K and her Kids in the Kitchen cooking class was very positive. She’s an amazing person, and I can’t wait to sign T up for another of her classes (and I’d like to take a few myself!). If you’re in the Reno/Sparks/Tahoe area, definitely check out her website for more information on her classes, catering, and home cooking (wouldn’t we all like that one!) – Rachael K’s Home Cookin’.
My son and I attended a Kids in the Kitchen cooking class put on by Rachael K via a LivingSocial deal we were gifted from a friend. I was not compensated in any way for this review. I just had a wonderful experience and wanted to spread the word.