Summer is beginning to show itself here at our headquarters. School is almost out (as the visitors to our Test Kitchen keep reminding us), the temperature is quickly rising, and we’re happily planning camps and workshops for local kids to attend during the next few months. In an effort to cool down, we’re making (and sharing) recipes for sherbet, sorbet, “ice cream," and popsicles. They’re all ChopChop approved, which means they’re made from real food and loved by our readers. We hope you’ll fill your freezers—and stomachs!—with these frozen treats all summer long. We also hope you’ll fill your summer with our newest cooking classes. Our ChopChop Test Kitchen is hosting both single-day and multi-day events, so we’re sure to be offering something that fits into your summer schedule.
We are excited to welcome Connie Askin as the new executive director of ChopChop Family. Connie’s experience spans industries, sectors, and professional skills—ranging from working with small non-profits to large corporations. We asked Connie some fun questions about cooking so our readers and supporters could get to know her better. See what she had to say in one of our most recent blog posts.
We’re hosting cooking camps and classes all summer long! From three-hour workshops to multi-day camps, we’ll be cooking up a storm. Looking to “Beat the Heat”? We’re even hosting a class that’s all about cooking without turning on an oven or stove. Find the rest of our classes from Preparing a Picnic to Backyard BBQ Workshops. We’ve listed our classes through the month of August.
Looking for something cool to do this summer and beyond? We’re looking for kids ages 7 to 14 to join our 2019-2020 Kids Advisory Board (KAB). The KAB provides valuable perspectives on kids cooking, family meals, and overall health and wellness. The goal of the KAB is to highlight the power of the youth voice in order to create impactful changes within school communities and beyond. Working closely with ChopChop Family, the KAB works together and shares ideas on how to inspire others to cook real food together. Applications are open now.
Haynes Altobello has been one of our Test Kitchen teachers for two years. When she’s not involved with our classes, she’s teaching everything else to kindergarteners at the school where she works. Haynes told us she loves ChopChop’s philosophy that kids can learn real cooking techniques and use real ingredients. She said, “The recipes aren’t ‘kid food.' They’re interesting, delicious, and fun to make!” Learn more about Haynes in one of our recent blog posts.
Can’t make it to our Father’s Day workshop? We’ve got plenty of recipes to make for Dad on his special day. If he’s usually in charge of the grill, surprise him by making burgers from scratch. Or, if Dad is more of a salad guy, we’ve got tons of those, too. For a sweet guy with a sweet tooth, cook up of a dessert recipe from baked goods to fruity treats. We also made a playlist with food-inspired music to listen to during your meal.
ChopChop Family is an innovative non-profit organization whose mission is to inspire and teach children and families to cook real food together. We believe that cooking and eating together as a family is a vital step in resolving the obesity and hunger epidemics.