What is Hugs Home Cooking?

Hugs Home Cooking is a monthly group cooking class led by a classically trained chef that provides a place to build social skills and develop independent cooking capabilities. Many students find this class to be an engaging setting to cook and taste new foods while making friends.

About Our Classes

We currently offer two class times on the second Fridays of the month at Trinity Presbyterian Church. Each class is limited to 6 students and will be taught by a classically trained chef. 

8:30am – 10:30am

11:00am – 1:00pm

The cost is $120 per semester due on the first class of September and January. Scholarships are available.

The kitchen is set up to alleviate the physical barriers so that the students have access to all equipment. This allows the Hugs Home Cooking students to learn culinary skills in a real commercial kitchen! The recipes and instructions are given with pictures and technical language is explained with care. Finally, the class is taught with a 1 to 2 ratio of instructor/volunteer to students to ensure each student has significant guidance and gentle encouragement as they build their skillset. 

Our Students

The students of Hugs Home Cooking have a desire to learn how to cook and taste new recipes in a fun, hands-on social setting. Applicants will need to be able to read a simple recipe, distinguish between safe and unsafe actions in a kitchen and listen to instruction from a chef.

If you or your loved one has questions about our Hugs Home Cooking classes, please contact Stephanie Van Kirk at stephanie@hugscafe.org.

Hugs Home Cooking Application

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