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Kids Culinary Camp!

Happy Girl Kitchen Co. Culinary Camp

June 15th - 19th 9-5pm for kids 8-12 years old and 12-15 years old.

173 Central Ave. Pacific Grove

$350 per child, sibling discounts available and internships available.  REGISTER HERE!!!

Your child will learn:

            How to prepare healthy, local, seasonal meals

            Cooking and baking techniques

            Kitchen safety

            How to preserve the bounty of the region

            To make healthy food choices

In addition we will:

            Visit the local farmer's market

            Take field trips to the tidepools

            Have picnics at the beach

            Do arts and crafts projects

            Have special guest speakers


We will adventure in the happy girl kitchen and around Pacific Grove to learn about food and community! You do not have to pack any food as the children will be making and eating breakfast, lunch and snacks and even taking home a quart jar of soup to contribute to dinner! There is also an option for early drop off and late pick up for an extra fee. By the end of the week your child will be ready to help out in the kitchen and may have more skills than you do!


Schedule: Arrive, prepare and eat breakfast together and talk about plan for the day. Food prep for lunch and preserved food of the day. Go on walking outing around Pacific Grove to enrich our day. Return for lunch or eat a picnic lunch out. Make preserved goods and soup to take home. Art project. Depart.


Overview day! We will plan our menu for the week and learn about the big picture of food. We will walk to Nob Hill and learn how to shop well! Your children will learn how to read labels and explore the geography of the store and understanding the role of a modern grocery store in our food systems (think Michael Pollan). Seasonality, processed food, sustainability and health.   I will have every child pick out their favorite food and we will read the label and see if we can create a more healthy version. We will then break for lunch at Happy Girl. In the afternoon we will walk to the Monday Farmers Market in Pacific Grove and counter what we learned in the grocery store with what we are experiencing in the market. We will also go to the library to pick out some botanical art books and cook books to inspire our week! We will return and learn the art of pickling that afternoon.


Our special outing this day will be adventuring in the tide pools and visiting Historic Cannery Row and discovering the area and that Happy Girl Kitchen is the last cannery in Monterey county! We will also be starting sprouts for the week and preparing some strawberry jam.


The special outing today will be to a local backyard garden and we will plant our own seedlings of lettuce mix to take home and learn about food miles.   The kids will make their batch of strawberry jam.


The special outing today will be an adventure at Lover’s Point Beach. We will pack a picnic in the morning and enjoy a day at the beach and fly kites in the field. We will come back and bake gallettes and make cheese!


The grand finally day. On Friday we will focus on planning a big feast for our families to enjoy together on Friday night! It is going to be a great party! They will also make some sauerkraut to take home as their little pet for the summer.


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  • Lori Daniels on

    I would love to sign Ava up again this summer for cooking camp with Reese and Fiona Heilig for the week of June 17. Please let me know if this date is available. I’m having a difficult time finding sign up on web.
    Lori Daniels

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