Programs & Classes

Cooking with Friends

Cooking with Friends is a class designed for young adults (ages 18+) who are working to independently cook for themselves as they prepare to live on their own. Participants must be able to safely handle various kitchen equipment and utensils with very minimal support and light supervision.

Cooking with Friends is a great opportunity for young adults and older teens to develop skills needed to live on their own. Participants will learn to follow recipes, measure, chop, and combine ingredients, and operate a stove to cook simple meals. An emphasis on safety, healthy foods, and hands-on instructions will prepare participants for independence in the kitchen. As they cook amongst peers, participants will also learn team building and social skills while sharing in a delicious meal. The personal recipe book they take home will enable them to practice their skills at home.

Category: Readiness Class

Ages: 18+

Criteria: Participants of all abilities who can be independently safe in the kitchen, open to the public

Goals: executive functioning, safety awareness, development of cooking skills

Outcomes: Increased confidence, social awareness, chopping, measuring, cutting, following a recipe, and following multi-step directions

Duration: 12 weeks

Rate: $ 490 / Full session

*** Please communicate with the Programming Department any dietary restrictions for individuals participating in Cooking with Friends.

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