Healthy eating habits can help reverse the damage left behind from years of substance use, poor food choices, and inconsistent eating patterns. Through our weekly cooking class, our hope is to instill habits that carry over into a lifetime of improved health and wellness.
The Grounds executive chef offers a weekly class for all Main House members. Classes are designed to build confidence, teach basic culinary skills, cultivate healthy nutrition and gain a heightened level of independence. Through an interactive process where members plan and prepare a nutritious meal (complete with multiple courses), we teach kitchen safety, appropriate food handling, general nutrition, and menu planning. Members work individually and in small groups to prepare each recipe and we end each class by sitting down to enjoy the meal.
Additionally, our chef preps daily dinner meals that members complete themselves following his written directions. This process allows members to practice skills from class each day with minimal risk of failure. Recipes and menus are designed to be approachable and realistic so that when residents graduate, they have ample experience with a variety of recipes.
Beyond the obvious benefits of knowing how to cook nutritious meals, our culinary classes allow members to practice the more subtle skills of patience, creativity, teamwork, and self-confidence that translate into all aspects of life.