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Natural Awakenings Westchester / Putnam / Dutchess New York

Cooking Classes Feature Seasonal, Local Ingredients for Healthy Eating: With Chef Intaba Liff-Anderson and food educator Susan Rubin

Feb 27, 2014 05:56PM

Susan Rubin & Intaba Liff-Anderson

Mount Kisco Child Care Center (MKCCC) is hosting a cooking class series on Tuesday evenings from 6:30p to 8:30 p.m. Classes are taught by Chef Intaba Liff-Anderson and food educator Susan Rubin, and the first four sessions are focusing on cold and flu prevention, offering soup recipes and cooking strategies for busy people.

The series complements MKCCC’s Feed Me Fresh year-round fresh foods curriculum on healthy eating and nutrition education. The effort involves a team of local farmers, chefs and nutritionists who assist MKCCC in creating a hands-on program that builds a natural appreciation for fresh, whole food. The center’s gardens consist of 1,000 feet of raised beds surrounding the playground and a small greenhouse.

During the winter, Rubin works with toddlers, preschoolers and school age children to plan their gardens and order seeds. The children and their classroom teachers plant and tend the vegetable gardens through the growing season, preparing new recipes to share with their families.

Recently, MKCCC became the recipient of a $3,700 Rusticus Garden Club Environmental Grant to support an expansion of the Feed Me Fresh program. Funds will be used to create an onsite herb garden and provide electricity and power to the greenhouse, thereby lengthening the center’s growing season.

Registration for the cooking classes is open to the public and classes are $45 each, or four classes for $150. Childcare and dinner will be provided for an additional fee. For more information, call MKCCC at 914.241.2135 or visit tinyurl.com/mkccc-cookingclasses.

MKCCC is located at 95 Radio Circle in Mount Kisco, NY. For more information, visit MKCCC.org or call 914.241.2135.