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FoodLab: The Kitchen Classroom Workshop

For over 30 years FoodLab: The Kitchen Classroom at Pacific Elementary School has been creating daily school meals with upper elementary grade students. An offshoot of the school’s Life Lab, FoodLab is considered one of the most progressive federal school meal programs in the nation.

This one-day workshop, located at FoodLab near Santa Cruz, is designed to share the magic that happens in FoodLab school kitchens — across California and across the nation – with each community making the program look, feel, and taste the way they like best. Learn to set up a kitchen space that will encourage children to explore, ask questions, and connect to food they make themselves. Learn activities to engage children’s curiosity and enthusiasm while introducing them to fundamental ideas in math, chemistry, language arts, history, and leadership skills. 

There is more than one way to run a FoodLab program and we strongly encourage you to get involved, begin a dream and take action. You can start by attending this workshop! Workshop will be taught by FoodLab Director Emelia Miguel along FoodLab student alumni.

Learn more about FoodLab at the Pacific Elemenatary School Website.

Audience

Anyone interested or involved in cooking for and with children ages 9 to 18.

Location and Cost Options

Life Lab's Garden Classroom on the UC Santa Cruz Campus: $150 per participant – See dates and registration deadlines for upcoming workshops

or

At your school site – See pricing details

Key Workshop Components

LEARN…
  • Principles of FoodLab

  • Knife skills and life skills for children and adults

  • Recipes and lessons designed to meet the nutritional requirements of the National School Lunch Program (NSLP)

  • KItchen skills that empower our students to create beautiful meals for their community

TAKE HOME…
  • Recipes to use in a school kitchen or at home

  • Inspiration to change reheat-and-serve kitchens into scratch-cooking kitchens

  • Strategies to increase school lunch participation

  • A FoodLab guide on how to get inspired and focused on healthy meals cooked by students in a kitchen classroom

 

View all upcoming workshops in Life Lab's Garden Classroom

All workshops require advanced registration and deposit.

To set up a workshop for your school site, please call Life Lab at (831) 459-3833 or email us at education@lifelab.org.

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