It may be a necessary evil, but spending time over a hot stove every night gets old after awhile. The cure? Teach your kids to give you a hand the next time you’re in the kitchen. Harvard Cookin’ Girl is a fantastic place to bond with the kids while secretly prepping them to play chef for you for a change.

harvardcookingirlPhoto Credit: Harvard Cookin’ Girl Facebook page

Chef Bibi Kasrai opened Harvard Cookin’ Girl in 2010 with the idea of bringing healthy eating choices from all around the world to San Diego families. She believes that incorporating knowledge of overall health and combining it with delicious, gourmet food from around the globe can make anyone enjoy being an everyday chef. The cooking space itself is bright, colorful and welcoming. We love that kids and parents learn how to cook and find new ways to eat creatively, while focusing on the importance of healthy choices when fixing a meal.

Kids and Adults Cooking Classes
Harvard Cookin’ Girl offers a variety of classes for you and the family. The classes are designed around a variety of dishes, from Dumplings Night to Vegetarian Persian Cuisine. The cooking courses are divided into separate categories so you can choose what environment works best for you and the little ones. You can join a group cooking class, private one-on-one lessons, or semi-private classes for you and your kiddo to participate in together. Kids have the chance to use actual cooking tools and take part in every step of the food preparation.

cookingPhoto Credit: Harvard Cookin’ Girl Facebook page

Throw a Birthday Party
If you’re looking for a party idea that’s a little different from the local jumpie playspace, the staff at Harvard Cookin’ Girl do a fantastic job at providing a fun and friendly atmosphere for kids. Cooking birthday parties are best for kids ages 3 to 16. The activities are always age appropriate and customized for the group. Some of the most popular party themes include: French Crepes and Tea Party, Mexican Fiesta, Italian Pizza Party, Cupcake Wars, and Italian Pasta Party. You can also create your own birthday theme based on what your little chef loves to eat.

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Camps For Kids and Teens
Summer isn’t over yet! If you’re looking for something for the kids to do, enroll them in one of the food camps at Harvard Cookin’ Girl. Kids learn from experienced cooks and the kitchens are all equipped with induction stoves that assure safety with having so many cooks in the kitchen.

A typical camp day includes cooking three different recipes and participating in other activities such as arts, crafts, and even yoga. Each week has a theme that dictates the recipes and activities. The “Travel the World” week of camp activities include origami , glasses and mustache day, traveling round the map, flags and continents, and of course, recipes and cooking from all over the world. On the last day of camp, kids take home a cookbook with recipes of all of the dishes they make.

Good to Know: Unlike other summer programs, Harvard Cookin’ Girl camps are offered through the end of August. This means you can keep your Master Chef occupied right up until school starts.

The Harvard Cookin’ Girl
7441 Girard Ave.
La Jolla, Ca 92037
(858) 888-3509


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