Epicurious Kids is stirring up young minds!
Young chefs are sure to love cooking up fun in our fully equipped kitchen studio! Epicurious kids offers a safe and warm environment where children can develop skills that will last a lifetime and help to ensure a healthy relationship with food. While exploring a world of flavors, colors, and textures, kids will also learn the importance of kitchen hygiene and food safety. Becoming aware of safe practices not only empowers our children with wisdom, but also allows them to discover an incredible sense of freedom to create and have fun with food. Because our young chefs are accomplishing a task and learning something important, our cooking classes will inspire confidence in both the kitchen and at the family table!
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“One of the very nicest things about life is the way we must regularly stop whatever it is we are doing and devote our attention to eating.” Luciano Pavarotti
We believe that stepping into the kitchen to cook a delicious meal gives us an opportunity to take a step back from our fast paced lives. Kids today really benefit from getting involved in activities that not only allow them to disconnect from the world of technology, but also help them unwind if they’re having a bad day. They’re also more likely to eat healthy food and enjoy it if they’ve made it themselves.
Learning to cook and to eat properly is just as important as learning to read. It can also be a great way to spend quality time together as a family. Our focus is to inspire children to eat well, have fun in the kitchen and to enjoy preparing and eating food with family and friends.
Meet Michelle, Founder and Owner
Michelle Friese founded Epicurious Kids while she was on maternity leave from her job as Department Head of Education at the Calgary Humane Society. With a Master’s Degree in Education from the University of Toronto, Michelle specializes in curriculum development and has a passion for teaching life skills to young people. After having her daughter, she made an important connection between teaching and her other passion…cooking! “I quickly learned the importance of feeding my daughter whole foods and tried to avoid giving her anything with added sugar, salt and fat.” But as we all know, forbidden food quickly becomes the most desirable on the planet, so Michelle believes that raising awareness, teaching moderation and allowing treats once in a while is a healthy alternative.
Michelle really started to “get cooking” after meeting her husband. “I began to appreciate the whole process of preparing meals for us to enjoy together”. She also found that spending time in the kitchen was a great way to unwind and refocus her energy after a busy or stressful day. While taking culinary classes, and experimenting on her own, Michelle realized that she could integrate her new passion for cooking with what she had loved doing for many years; curriculum development and teaching life skills. Opening a cookery for young people became a dream worth pursuing. “I couldn’t imagine a more fun, satisfying or practical way to teach kids basic skills they really need to manage the demands of daily life”.
While at the Humane Society, Michelle developed and taught empathy building, curriculum-based school programs. She focused on teaching students life skills related to responsible pet care, dog bite prevention, how to deal with bullying, human and animal rights as well as environmental preservation. She also helped students understand the many similarities that exist between between bullying behaviors and animal cruelty and raised awareness to the importance of developing skills related to social and emotional intelligence.
Along with her interest in bullying and violence prevention, Michelle was also a member of the Alliance to End Violence and had the opportunity to work with dedicated people representing many organizations in Calgary. Together with a small team, she helped coordinate the “Leading the Way” Conference, which focused on social and emotional learning practices for children and youth. Her knowledge on violence prevention and animal safety also led her to create outreach programs for First Nations elementary students and to coordinate school visits to several communities in Southern Alberta.
Now Michelle looks forward to teaching life skills to kids in the kitchen. Safe food preparation and healthy eating habits, she thinks, can provide a solid foundation for a happy and healthy life.