Cooking Matters

Eating well on a budget can be a challenge.  High calorie, fast foods are often cheap and readily available.  Our goal is to provide families with the knowledge and skills to stretch food budgets further while eating food that tastes good and is good for you. 

Cooking classes can be either multi-week classes complete with hands-on kitchen time, or one-time store tours that focus on label reading, shopping tips, and nutrition on a budget.

For more information, contact Bri Kellogg, RD, (708) 386-1324 ext. 1111. 

Multi-week session:

Each class participants enjoy a healthy snack, discuss the week's topic, and spend hands-on time in the kitchen preparing a meal to share.  Each week participants take home free groceries to make the week's meal for their families or friends, putting those new-found skills to immediate use!

Upcoming Sessions:

Title Dates Description
Adult Session Thursdays 9/26/19 - 10/17/19 Cooking for Blood Sugar Management (series), Thursdays 9/26, 10/3, 10/10 and 10/17. 10:00 a.m. to Noon. This class is geared to adults who are interested in learning to manage their blood sugar levels through nutrition, cooking, and stress management.
Holiday Makeover 11/14/19 Holiday Makeover: Thanksgiving, Thursday 11/14/19 10:00 a.m. to Noon. Join us for this fun and interactive cooking class where we will be updating classic Thanksgiving recipes with a healthier focus. .
Holiday Makeover 12/5/19 Holiday Makeover: Christmas, Thursday 12/5/19 10:00 a.m. to Noon. Join us for this fun and interactive cooking class where we will be updating classic Christmas recipes with a healthier focus. 
Adult Session Thursdays 2/6/20 - 2/27/20 Cooking Classes for Adults (series), Thursdays 2/6, 2/13, 2/20, 2/27/20. 10:00 a.m. to Noon. This class is for adults who would like to learn new cooking skills and techniques; as always, we will have a focus on preparing nutritious recipes.
Crock Pot Class 3/12/20 Crock Pot Cooking, Thursday 3/12/20, 10:00 a.m. to Noon. Slow cooking is a great way to prepare homemade meals even when you have limited time. Join us as we prepare some crock pot classics; each participant will receive their own crock pot to take home!

Grocery Store Tours:

Store tours are led by a Registered Dietitian and cover nutrition facts, ingredient lists, and how to maximize your budget at the grocery store.  The 1-hour store tour covers a lot of information in a short time. Participants walk away with a $10 gift card to put their newfound knowledge to the test! 

Upcoming Sessions:

All tours begin at 10 AM

7/8/19  Pete's Fresh Market, Oak Park
7/9/19  Walmart, Forest Park
7/11/19  Living Fresh, Forest Park
8/8/19  Pete's Fresh Market, Oak Park
8/13/19 Walmart, Forest Park
8/29/19 Living Fresh, Forest Park
9/5/19 Pete's Fresh Market, Oak Park
9/17/19 Walmart, Forest Park
9/19/19 Living Fresh, Forest Park
10/7/19 Pete's Fresh Market, Oak Park
10/17/19 Cooking Class
10/22/19 Walmart, Forest Park
11/5/19 Pete's Fresh Market, Oak Park
11/19/19 Walmart, Forest Park
12/10/19 Pete's Fresh Market, Oak Park
12/17/19 Walmart, Forest Park
1/16/20 Pete's Fresh Market, Oak Park
1/23/20 Walmart, Forest Park
2/10/20 Pete's Fresh Market, Oak Park
2/20/20 Cooking Class
3/3/20 Pete's Fresh Market, Oak Park
3/17/20 Walmart, Forest Park
3/19/20 Living Fresh, Forest Park
4/2/20 Pete's Fresh Market, Oak Park
4/9/20 Walmart, Forest Park
4/21/20 Living Fresh, Forest Park
5/7/20 Pete's Fresh Market, Oak Park
5/21/20 Walmart, Forest Park
5/26/20 Living Fresh, Forest Park
6/16/20 Pete's Fresh Market, Oak Park
6/23/20 Walmart, Forest Park

*Please note that grocery store tours may be canceled or rescheduled due to weather or other circumstances.  

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