Louisville Magazine

OCT 2018

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LOUISVILLE MAGAZINE 10.18 97 What's Cooking, Kids? By Dylon Jones / Photos by Jessica Ebelhar A kids' cooking class teaches math, science and foreign languages. THE SPREAD It's a little after 5 p.m. on a Monday in early September, and all the kids want to stir. Nine of them, all between the ages of five and nine, crowd around two metal work-tables at the back of Mesa Kids Cooking School in New Albany, Indiana, an offshoot of nearby kitchen-classroom Mesa, which hosted kids' courses that were so popular they spilled over into their own thing. Bright yellow paint provides a chipper atmosphere, with encouraging Julia Child quotes on the walls. Hotplates sizzle pots on both tables, one team working on ground beef and onions, the other on macaroni and cheese. "It's my turn to stir," one little boy calls, his eyes about to fall into the pot as another kid hands him a whisk. "at looks like queso!" one boy says. "at looks like yogurt," the only girl in the class adds. "It's so thick." Chef Mallory Froman, who runs Strong Roots Kitchen as a health coach, guides the class. Divided into age groups — five- to nine-year-olds, 10- to 15-year- olds — Mesa Kids' students can study cooking or baking, participate in classes taught by guest chefs like Cellar Door Chocolates owner Erika Chavez-Gra- ziano, and even get a crash course in philanthropy. Students from Saturday classes are learning to make Italian dishes for a charity dinner that will benefit Blessings in a Backpack, a nonprofit that sends underprivileged kids home from school with non-perishable food items on weekends. A portion of every student's

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