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Health Starts in the Kitchen

What is Health Starts in the Kitchen?

Held in the Allen Center for Nutrition’s new teaching kitchen, we offer small group cooking classes and demonstrations designed to make it easier for you to prepare more healthful meals at home. Led by chefs, registered dietitian nutritionists and other culinary experts, you will enjoy hands-on cooking experience as well as sampling the delicious recipes. 

Our FREE monthly newsletter provides advance notice of all classes, as well as food and nutrition articles and recipes.  It is emailed monthly and we do not use or sell the mailing list for any other purpose.

We welcome chefs, registered dietitian nutritionists and other culinary experts to offer dynamic cooking demonstrations, teach cooking classes, provide food tastings or offer other food-related services. Corporate sponsors are also welcome. Revenue generated from Health Starts in the Kitchen will be used to provide free classes to underserved populations in our local community.

Register for Classes

Several discounts are available on the Event Brite links including:

Seniors (60 years and older) -  SeniorDiscount15
Cedar Crest College community -  CCCmember2017
Cedar Crest College alumnae -  CCCalumnae2017

If you are a food and consumer science teacher or health professional, please contact hsk@cedarcrest.edu to be considered for other discounts.

Cedar Crest College is a 501(c)3 organization.

Questions, please contact hsk@cedarcrest.edu.

Take a Virtual Tour of our cooking classes!

Hands-on Cooking Classes & Demos 

Meet our chefs:

Chef Brenda Kieffer – degree from Culinary Institute of America( Hyde Park, NY), ICE(Manhattan, NY), The Restaurant School(Philadelphia, PA), Academie Barilla (Parma, Italy), and various restaurants in the US and Europe. Instructor at CAI (Montgomery County Community College Culinary Arts Institute.  Chef/Instructor at Cooking Spotlight, Chef/Instructor at Viking Culinary School, Wayne Art Center, Spring Ford School District, Inn at St. Peter’s, Caterer (Cachet Custom Catering) and general opinionated restaurant going foodie.

Chef Colleen Kingsbury M.Ed - degree in pastry arts from WCCC and has spent the past 20 years in the culinary industry. In addition to working as a chef, she has a bachelor of science degree in family and consumer sciences from Seton Hill University, a master's degree in adult and community education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP), and completed course work for a master's degree in food and nutrition sciences (IUP). She has spent the past 12 years teaching food and nutrition courses at the high school level.

1/20/19 - London Calling: Fish and Sticks (10 am – 1 pm)
Famous chefs like Gordon Ramsay, Jaime Oliver, and Nigella Lawson have been changing the culinary scene in London. Fried fish and French fries created as a healthier tastier alternative. Join Chef Kingsbury for a morning of recreating this tasty dish into a heart healthy alternative. 

2/13/19 - Couples Cooking with Lidia Bastianich (6 pm – 8 pm)
 Bring your special someone and make some of Lidia Bastianich’s most popular dishes with Chef Brenda! 

2/17/19 – London Calling: Curry (10 am – 1 pm)
England's national dish is chicken tikka masala, a British version of curry made with a variety of spices. Britain's' love of curries occurred centuries ago when people fighting in the Crusades brought back spices from the East. Curry houses can be seen all over London and the UK. Join Chef Kingsbury for a flavorful morning creating chicken tikka masala, quick naan bread, and an instapot butter chicken. Make sure to bring a container for leftovers. 

3/19/19 – Knife Skills (10 am – 1 pm)
Knife skills are essential to make meal preparation fast and easy at home.  You will be actively practicing knife skills and preparing items like fresh salsa.  Learn essentials such as proper methods to chop, slice, dice and mince. 

3/26/19 – London Calling: Tea Time (6 pm – 7:30 pm)
Tea Time or high tea is a British institution dating back to the 1800's that is still carried on today. Spend an evening with Chef Kingsbury as she creates tea cakes and sandwiches, then finish off with a spot of tea while we sample her hard work. Fancy fascinators are not required, but would be fun! 

4/4/19 – Sunday Supper(10 am – 1 pm)
Sunday Supper, either a roast chicken, or pot roast, was a nice hearty dinner that was satiating, both physically and spiritually. Join Chef Kingsbury for a morning of nostalgia as we truss a chicken, and create a healthier alternative to pot roast; portobello pot roast, and bake mini apple pies. Make sure to bring a container for leftovers.

4/11/20 – Plant-forward Breakfast Workshop (9 am – 12 pm)
There’s more to breakfast than frying eggs!  Participants will watch live cooking demos while enjoying plant-forward healthful breakfast options.  The menu includes Indian style crepes, scrambled tofu with avocado and vegetables, Chai tea homemade almond milk, and more.  All items are vegan and gluten free.

Presenters will be Suzanne Ickes, RDN, LDN and Dr. Shekar Annambhotla BAMS, MD-Ayurved

Event is worth 3 CEU credits for registered dietitians

4/18/19 – Party Pleasers (10 am – 1 pm)
Learn to make professional level hors d’oeuvres to serve guests for any special occasions. You can still enjoy the party - everything can be prepared ahead of time!

4/25/19 – Parisian pastries  (10 am – 1 pm)
Join Chef Kingsbury for a morning of Parisian foods as we make asparagus, ham, and cheese crepes, salad with champagne vinaigrette, and profiteroles. Make sure to bring a container for leftovers. 

5/14/19 – Everything Crepes (10 am – 1 pm)
Crepes are a great way to use leftovers. Learn the art of making crepes for dinner and dessert. Recipes include: creamy banana crepes, crepes with prosciutto and fontina, and crespelle alla fiorentina. All food supplies and materials are provided.

 

Do You Have a Group That Would Like a Private Class?

We have provided classes for cancer survivors, retirees and other groups.  Whether you need a chef a registered dietitian nutritionist or both, please contact Krys Conway at hsk@cedarcrest.edu with your request.

We welcome chefs, registered dietitian nutritionists and other culinary experts to offer dynamic cooking demonstrations, teach cooking classes, provide food tastings or offer other food-related services.

Corporate sponsors are also welcome. Revenue generated from Health Starts in the Kitchen is used to provide free classes to underserved populations in our local community.

Be Our Next Partner

Hats off to our past partners for providing resources to expand cooking classes in the community, supermarket tours led by our nutrition students, and other services!

 

HSK Sponsors

 

HSK at WFMZ

Recipes Seen on WFMZ

October 22: Martine’s Apple Tart Tatin, Easy Roasted Butternut Squash, Steamed Kale

 

Thank you to Lidia Bastianich

On October 29, Emmy-award winning public television host and cookbook author Lidia Bastianich launched the opening of Health Starts in the Kitchen.  Nutrition Department Chair, Dr. Martine Scannavino led a conversation with Lidia that explored her history and passion for food, family and cooking.  We greatly appreciated the support of the local community by attending this special event.  Please join us for upcoming programs – we look forward to cooking with you soon!

Lidia Bastianich