So Long, Easy Bake Oven: 3 Cooking Schools for Kids

Measuring, mixing, blending and baking are even more fun when there’s the promise of a tasty treat following all of that hard work. The following are three cooking schools in Portland offering ongoing classes that cater to mini chefs. Merry Kitchen

credit: The Merry Kitchen by Julie M. via Yelp

The Merry Kitchen
Bake a Quidditch Player’s pie, stir up some Green Eggs and Ham or just delight in regular ol’ cake pops — this is not just a “merry” kitchen because the owner and top chef Julie Merry happens to have an awesome name. The Northeast Portland cooking school is tucked into a charming home that Julie remodeled specifically to cater to your little chefs’ comfort zone. There’s even a garden out back where kids can learn how to grow and reap the benefits of an organic garden!

Each children’s class is $35/child and is about two hours long. Kids get to eat their creations and take home the recipes. Check out the calendar to see what creative themed cookery your kid could be learning, and don’t forget to save a spot for by registering in advance. Julie offers her small, individual classes for kids ages 3 and up, as well as private cooking classes and birthday parties.

5202 NE 72nd Ave.
Online: themerrykitchen.com

Portland Culinary Workshop
This school offers classes for adults, as well as classes specially designed for kids, ages 6 and up, depending on the class. These stand-alone courses include basic kitchen principles, like how to saute, braise, poach and roast, and how to use a knife, as well as other seasonal classes, like how to make candy or holiday cookies.

For kids-only classes, it’s $35-$45 for kids 6 and up, depending on the class; joining in an adult workshop is $20 less the class price for little chefs 12 and under. Classes fill up fast, so you’ll need to register in advance.

807 N. Russell St.
Online: portlandsculinaryworkshop.com

Little Tykes: Parent-Child Cooking
At the National College of Medicine, you and your little one can transform your way of eating over this 12-week series with healthy, 100% gluten, dairy and soy-free recipes. While your kid has fun measuring, playing and making food, you can learn just how much food affects your kiddo’s attention, mood, sleep and energy. Kids 5-8 years old will love what’s on the menu: from coconut flour pancakes to chicken roulades, these are definitely recipes we want to master for home cooking!

Registration for the complete series is $219-$249/one person; $389-$429/two family members.

Charlee’s Kitchen
2220 SW First Ave.
Online: foodasmedicineinstitute.com

Have you taken any cooking classes with your mini chef? Let us know in the Comments!

— Suzie Ridgway