Youth Culinary Adventures

  • Japanese Bento Box:  Back to school lunches
  • Umbrian Cooking with a pinch of entrepreneurism
  • Okonomiyaki party with a side of life lessons
Experience Schedule:
Saturday September 7th 11:30am - 2:30pm
3 spots available
Japanese Bento Box: Back to school lunches
$75.00 Sign up now
Sunday May 5, 11:30am-2:30pm
Sorry, workshop is full!
Umbrian Cooking with a pinch of entrepreneurism
$75.00
Sunday June 30 11:30am - 2:30pm
Sorry, workshop is full!
Okonomiyaki party with a side of life lessons
$75.00

If you would prefer to book your culinary experience over the phone or would like to book a private group experience please email us at info@inmykitchen.ca 

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.

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 17-year-olds.

Our Bento Box culinary adventure takes place in Paula's (founder of In My Kitchen) kitchen in Dunbar, in the heart of Vancouver and is limited to 10 participants. 

Menu:

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)

Gomae

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. 

Tamagoyaki

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!)

Umbrian Cooking with a pinch of entrepreneurism

In this hands-on culinary adventure, promising chefs will explore the culture and flavours of Umbria, specifically Melissa's family life in Umbria and her nonna's recipes.

Joining Melissa is In My Kitchen founder Paula Mohammed. Prior to starting In My Kitchen, Paula produced events for 24 years and was the co-founder of a wedding and events company in Whistler.   Paula will share her story of how she started In My Kitchen and the lessons she has learned along the way. You are never too young to cook, learn and be an entrepreneur. 

The hands-on experience culminates with sharing the meal around the table.  This is a three-hour experience and a pdf of Melissa's recipes and where she likes to shop will be provided. Best suited for 11 to 16-year-olds.

Our Umbrian feast experience takes place in Paula's kitchen in Dunbar, in the heart of Vancouver and is limited to 10 participants. 

Menu:

Tagliatelle with salsa di pomodoro

A flat noodle ribbon-like pasta made on large wooden boards. A fresh tomato sauce cooked slowly on the stove, a simple recipe and a favourite of Melissa’s. 

Students will learn the art of fresh pasta making and the strict rules of Melissa's nonna.  Simple ingredients are used for the salsa di pomodoro, showing how much flavour can come from dishes that use fresh ingredients and are not complex.  

Cotoletta di pollo

A crunchy chicken cutlet, a recipe from Melissa’s childhood in Umbria. Served with a simple green salad.

Students will learn what to look for when buying fresh chicken, and will season and cook their own cutlets, striving for crunchy on the outside and moist on the inside.  

Crostata della nonna

Melissa’s Nonna’s recipe an Italian baked tart made with ricotta and chocolate chips. 

All recipes are from Melissa's family, handed down through the generations. 

Okonomiyaki party with a side of life lessons

In this hands-on culinary adventure, promising chefs will explore the culture and flavours of Japan, specifically those around a Japanese favourite: Okonomiyaki, sometimes referred to as a savoury Japanese pancake or pizza.

Joining Naomi is In My Kitchen founder Paula Mohammed, who will facilitate a conversation around the table focusing on Naomi's experience as a pro soccer player. Our young chefs will have the opportunity to listen to Naomi share the lessons and habits she has gained from her soccer career and how they have helped her in life. Lessons that are transferable from the soccer field to the kitchen, to school, and to other athletic and life pursuits.

This hands-on experience culminates with sharing the meal around the table. This is a three-hour experience, and a pdf of Naomi's recipes and where she likes to shop will be provided. Best suited for 11 to 16-year-olds.

Our Okonomiyaki party takes place in Paula's kitchen in Dunbar, in the heart of Vancouver and is limited to 10 participants.

Menu:

Onigiri Making

A fun ice breaker to get things going, you will learn to make what all Japanese kids first learn to create at a very young age: Onigiri (rice balls or in this case rice triangles).

Okonomiyaki

A Japanese savoury pancake made with *flour and cabbage containing a variety of ingredients. Okonomi means "how you like," and "yaki" means "grill." This is a great experience for both, the adventurous palate and the more conservative palate.

Naomi will explore different flavour combinations for Okonomiyaki. Ingredients range from bacon, tenkasu (crumbled tempura batter), mochi, to ebi (shrimp), pork, torororkombu (dried seaweed), corn, shiso…the list goes on! Through the creation of your own Okonomiyaki, you will learn about the various Japanese ingredients, how to combine them to maximize your flavours and be immersed in the Japanese culture particularly the Kansai region where Naomi is from.

*Gluten free option available please let us know at time of registration

Pan fried yakisoba rice

This is an original dish and a specialty of Naomi’s. 

What participants are saying:

"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

 

 

 

Culinary Adventures in this series:

Umbrian cooking with a pinch of entrepreneurism

Okonomiyaki party with a side of life lessons

Bento lunch box making - just in time for back to school

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.

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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.
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