We've been busy here at the Southern Food & Beverage Museum as we completed our first full year in our new space! Not only has your support of our programming been appreciated, but we have enjoyed seeing summer faces throughout the year at our new, monthly Kids in the Kitchen program. We've created and hosted Girls Scout programs. We've also given tours and cooking demonstrations for kids of all ages. One of my favorite additions has been creating a tour, and even a hands-on cooking demonstration, for SPED classes with students of all ages!
We've added a middle school program for your kids learn more technical skills as they get older. The Emeril Lagasse Foundation recently recognized our efforts with a grant for enhanced programming, which will be helping SoFAB to expand these programs throughout the year. This summer will be the first year we will include a Middle School summer culinary camp week in our regular line-up!
Since we ended the 2015 summer culinary camp with a wait list, and have enjoyed fully booked Fall/Winter programs, we need to take a moment to look at how we can grow to fit the needs of our growing kids and organization.
We understand that there are very few concentrated culinary training opportunities for our children in the city and we are happy to provide programming to address that need. However, we want to do it in a way that best fits the interests of our aspiring chefs. This is where you come in! If you could take a couple minutes with your children to fill out a survey about your experiences it would greatly help us in guiding our ever growing programs.
Thank you again for all your support in 2015 and we look forward to cooking with your kids in 2016!
--Jennie Merrill, Director of Education