Youth Culinary Adventures

  • Japanese Bento Box:  Back to school lunches
Experience Schedule:
Saturday November 23rd, 10:30am - 1:30pm
1 spot available
Japanese Bento Box: Back to school lunches
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We would be happy to book a youth culinary adventure with or hosts Melissa (pasta making) or Naomi (Bento box making)  Please email us to et up a date: 

All experiences are informal, warm and welcoming.  Youth culinary adventures are suitable for passionate and curious cooks ages 10 to 17-years-old.

Youth Culinary Adventures are a 3 hour experience.  Includes a light snack upon arrival, approximately 2 hours of "in the kitchen" time, learning the recipes, the culture and participating in making the dishes, a full luncheon or dinner is shared together, and a pdf of recipes and in-depth culinary info.

Life learning happens around the table.  In the Youth Culinary Adventure series we allow enough time for guests to sit and enjoy the meal together; learning more about our host's culture, the history of the dishes they are making and creating space for participants to share their own stories and experiences and make some new friends.

Cooking with In My Kitchen hosts

When you meet our hosts you will feel like you have been transported to their home country and cooking in their family kitchen.  You will be treated like part of the family so be prepared to roll up your sleeves and cook!   In My Kitchen hosts are passionate and knowledgeable about the foods of their country and will share both with any willing culinary adventurer.

All In My Kitchen hosts have their level 1 food safety certification. 

Location: All Youth culinary adventures take place in the kitchen of In My Kitchen founder Paula, in Dunbar in the heart of Vancouver, unless otherwise indicated.

Japanese Bento Box: Back to school lunches

In this hands on immersive culinary adventure the lid will be pulled back on the bento box.  Participants will learn the culture and traditions that surround the bento box.  Our aspiring chefs, will learn about the culture of  Japan, specifically the Kansei region.  Naomi lived most of her life in Japan in between playing pro soccer and pro futsal. Read more about Naomi here.

Participants will make 6 different dishes, chosen specifically for the role they play in the bento box experience.  At the end of the hands-on portion of this culinary adventure, everyone will sit down together and enjoy their creations.  Participants will receive a pdf with all the recipes and tips from Naomi.  The dishes are all chosen to encourage everyone to go home and start making their own bento box lunches; they will be the envy of everyone at lunch-time!

This is a three-hour experience. Best suited for 10 to 16-year-olds.  We do need a minimum of 3 guests to run this culinary adventure.

Our Bento Box culinary adventure takes place in Naomi's Kitchen in the Mt Pleasant neighbourhood near 5th and Main St.   


Onigiri - two ways

A fun ice breaker to get things going, you will learn to make what all Japanese kids first learn at elementary school: Onigiri (rice balls or in this case rice triangles)


Green vegetable (Naomi will wait and see what is the most fresh) served with Naomi's homemade gomae sauce made from sesame seeds.

A big part of Naomi's cooking style is creating flavourful dishes that are also nourishing. 


Using a special Tamagoyaki pan everyone will have a turn at making this Japanese- like omlette, there is a real skill to rolling that egg!

Chicken Tsukune

Japanese chicken meatballs; flavourful, light and so easy to make.

Miso soup with homemade dashi

Naomi will demonstrate how to make your own dashi (broth).  Every morning, Naomi's mother would make a pot of dashi and use it through out the day to add to the various meals.

Shiratama Parfait

Little mochi balls with fresh fruit and ice cream (not in the bento box!)

What participants are saying:

"The Italian experience with Melissa was more than I expected.  From the start she welcomed us into her home with open arms and a big smile and shared her family's stories, recipes and Italian culture.  I left with a happy belly and feeling like I had been given a big warm hug from my Nonna!" Selena P.

"I just wanted to let you know that we had so so much fun at Naomi¹s workshop!  My friends absolutely loved it! Naomi was so accommodating and kind" Ciara T  - 15th birthday celebration

The menus have been chosen in the hopes that after completing a culinary adventure participants will be inspired to make the menu for their families, adding their own touches and sharing stories around the table.
Cooking,Culture and learning
Our Youth culinary adventures series is where we create an opportunity for like-minded youth to come together to connect through cooking, culture, learning and fun.