By Laura O’Brien
This year, engage your picky little eaters in fun cooking projects and boost the likelihood that they will try new foods. From classes featuring professional “pizza acrobats” to cooking-themed parties, there are several area opportunities where kids can learn how to crack an egg.
1020 K Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
Hours: Saturdays – 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Make sure to register in advance for “Kids in the Kitchen,” the popular new pizza-making class at Pizza Rock. The restaurant/night club opened in Midtown last year. Kids make their own pizzas using natural ingredients. “Pizza acrobats” trained by championship pizza thrower Tony Gemignani then toss the kids’ creations in the air – and into the brick oven.
4315 Arden Way
Sacramento, CA 95864
Hours: Saturday and Sunday mornings for two hours; check the website for times
Whole Foods offers cooking classes in the Culinary Center at their Sacramento store for kids ages 4 to 17. Instructors Culinary Dude and Ms. Butterbean’s recent classes have taught kids tricks for making yummy soups, pies and cookies. Check for special classes themed around holidays as well as cooking camps during school breaks. For mom and dad: Don’t miss Whole Foods chef Chris Chisholm’s “Cooking for Couples” classes, offered monthly. Chisholm also offers private classes for groups based on custom, group-designed menus.
Hours: By appointment
Price: Pizza or kabob cooking party (includes cookie decorating for dessert) – $250 for 10 people; sushi
party (includes cookies) – $300; cookie-decorating only party – $145; $12-15 for each additional person;
$30 flat fee for Gluten free
Look no further than Cooking Capers for your next kid’s party theme. Owner Karen Zamd began the business after a successful cooking party for her oldest son. Choose pizza, kabobs or sushi as your main course and a cookie-decorating dessert course is in included in the party price. Plates, utensils and supplies are provided. Parties are geared for children ages 4 to 12; ages 4 and 5 require parent participation. The company also offers kids’ food and entertainment for weddings and other events.
The Baker’s Daughter
8139 Sunset Avenue, Suite 227
Fair Oaks, CA 95628
Hours: By appointment
Price: Cake and fondant decorating party – $250 for 10 people; cupcake decorating party – $150; price
includes a custom-made cake for the birthday child
This mobile birthday party business will provide a cake decorating activity at your child’s next party. Guests decorate a cupcake or mini cake using icing and fondant. In addition to the decorating activity for party guests, the party package includes a custom-designed cake for the birthday boy or girl. The Baker’s Daughter provides all materials, including plates, decorating supplies, and take-home boxes for the guests’ creations. The company focuses on kid’s parties but can customize decorating classes for any age group, from toddlers to adults.
Laura O’Brien is a freelance writer and mother (swap that) living in Roseville. She blogs occasionally at www.diaperdispatch.blogspot.com.