What is Hugs Prep?

Hugs Prep is a group cooking class that provides a place to build social skills, learn food safety and develop independent cooking capabilities. Many students find this weekly class to be a great addition to their socialization and career exploration.

About Our Classes

We currently offer two class times on Mondays at Hugs Cafe. Each class is limited to 6 students and the classes are held at Hugs Cafe on Mondays when the cafe is closed to the public. 

8:30am – 10:30am

11:00am – 1:00pm

The cost is $120 per month due on the first Monday of the month. Scholarships are available.

The Hugs Cafe kitchen is set up to alleviate the physical barriers so that the students have access to all equipment. This allows the Hugs Prep 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 Prep have a desire to learn how to cook and taste new recipes in a fun, hands-on social setting. We are able to identify the individual goals of each student to provide a path towards building skills and culinary independence.

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

Our Instructors

The instructors for Hugs Prep are Marlene Faulker (professionally trained chef and caterer) and Stephanie Van Kirk (M.Div Princeton Theological Seminary). 

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