Learning Workshops


The kitchen is a magical space. It offers an opportunity to build relationships with each other and with ourselves. When we gather in the kitchen, we learn.  It can be about history, culture, and community…but culinary work also teaches us many skills related to literacy, numeracy, science, and global awareness. The kitchen truly is a playground for learning through meaningful work, collaboration, and creativity.

The workshops are designed to provide entrance points that will engage participants to build knowledge and skills in many areas, and to support the exploration and discovery of new ideas and concepts. If your learners are working with specific numeracy, literacy, and learning strategies or challenges, please let me know so that this work can be supported by my workshops.

*Each workshop is designed to be between 2 to 3 hours in total.

Upcoming September 2017 Workshops

Upcoming October 2017 Workshops

Upcoming November 2017 Workshops

Upcoming December 2017 Workshops

Corn


This workshop explores corn or maize in storytelling and cultural expressions throughout the world and history.  And of course the meal that we will prepare will feature as many different opportunities to honour and taste the delights of corn as possible!

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Potatoes


This workshop explores the appearance of the potato in storytelling and cultural expressions throughout the world and history.  This will be a lot of fun because today, people eat potatoes just about everywhere and in every way possible! And of course the meal we prepare will feature potatoes in the most ways possible!

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Chocolate


This workshop explores chocolate in storytelling and cultural expressions throughout the world and history.  And of course the meal that we will prepare will feature as many different opportunities to honour and taste the delights of chocolate as possible!

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Apples


This workshop explores the appearance of the humble apple in storytelling and cultural expressions throughout the world and history.  And of course the meal that we will prepare will feature as many different opportunities to honour the apple as possible!

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Superheroes Eat Too!


This workshop uses story, theme, and character to engage and support emerging numeracy exploration and concept acquisition. The play based and integrated learning approach that this workshop is based on, utilizes culinary activities and the power of imagination to explore math concepts while engaging with stories and foods that superheroes love!

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Candy Lab


Identify and observe chemical changes through candy making, while also understanding what distinguishes each type of candy, for example how a hard candy and a caramel are different. Since candy labs are more dangerous, we will also build skills in using equipment safely and safety preparedness.

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Dragons


Dragons love all sorts of treats, and through exploring stories and engaging our imaginations we will create a meal that every dragon will love!  This workshop is designed to emphasize and model activities and approaches that integrate early numeracy skills development, and whole language acquisition organically, and purposefully into fun and engaging activities.

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Focus on Numbers


Have exploratory constructivist experiences that build the understanding of a variety of numeracy concepts through engaging in culinary activities! There are so many opportunities for numeracy engagement and these will support learners where they are at, and without it feeling like a “lesson”.

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Emulsions


This workshop is the 2nd in a 4 part series based on Science that you can eat offered in the Fall of 2017. Participants are welcome to join in the entire series or individual workshops.

Emulsions are everywhere in the kitchen as they are in real life.  Exploring their role in the culinary world is an opportunity to build familiarity with the fundamentals of how fat and water loving molecules interact.  Understanding the basics of molecular structure in turn, is helpful if you want to make the best mayonaise and chocolate treats.

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Foams are Fun


This workshop is the 1st in a 4 part series based on Science that you can eat offered in the Fall of 2017. Participants are welcome to join in the entire series or individual workshops.

Foams are fun, and not just because of their texture and great fake beard making material, but also because they also offer us the opportunity to explore the science of a molecule. In this workshop, learners will build knowledge and be able to identify examples of culinary foams, understand that a foam is created because it has trapped air inside, and expand their culinary skills by putting this new know how into practice as we use culinary foams to make a famous and yummy dessert.

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pH, Acids, and Bases


This workshop is the 3rd in a 4 part series based on Science that you can eat offered in the Fall of 2017. Participants are welcome to join in the entire series or individual workshops.

This workshop provides the opportunity to learn about the pH scale and the difference between acids and bases. Explore the pH scale and the different pH levels of a variety of foods, as well as the ways the pH of a food can change. Connect the pH level of foods using clues based on taste and texture. Hands on testing and exploration through using litmus testing paper as well as through mixing together a variety of substances, will also provide the opportunity to observe the action of a changing pH level on protein molecules.

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The Art of Presentation


Through constructivist play and exploration, participants will build familiarity with pastry and decoration tools, basic decorating techniques, and colour wheel principals. Activities that emphasize creativity are a natural opportunity to build skills with planning and design process, using self-assessment to guide changes, and problem-solving.

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Witches Stew


This workshop uses explorations of story, theme, and character to engage and support emerging literacy development and whole language acquisition. The play based and integrated learning approach that this workshop is based on utilizes culinary activities and the power of imagination to support letter and sound matching, rhyming, and imagination play all while engaging with stories and foods that witches love to eat! Parents are also sure to learn a few strategies, information and skills, and to explore resources that they can continue to use through participating in this early years class with their learner.

Disability Specific


Providing language, numeracy, social interaction, and independence skills building workshops that are designed mindfully around the needs of atypical learners, including those with dyslexia, dysgraphia, and autism spectrum disorder. Please get in contact with us to discuss options and opportunities!  Marla@WeAreMeantToEatTogether.com

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