Life Restaurant to hold youth cooking class

Published 7:00 am Tuesday, January 9, 2024

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Life Restaurant, located at 881 Old Fort Road in Fort Deposit, is launching a unique and exciting opportunity for youth in the area with a month-long cooking program. 

The brainchild of Life Restaurant owner Lashunda Brown, the program aims to not only teach young participants valuable cooking skills but also to provide them with a fun and engaging experience.

“I wanted to do something different,” said Brown. “[I wanted to give the kids something to do for a few weeks, while also imparting some skills that they can use throughout their life.”

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The program, which quickly filled its 20 available spots within two weeks of launching enrollment is open to youth aged 8-17. Participants will receive weekly lessons covering a range of topics, from cooking basics to kitchen safety and table etiquette. What sets this program apart is its hands-on approach, with classes led by Brown and featuring guest speakers such as chefs and etiquette coaches.

In addition to the classes, participants will receive a complimentary package including a cookbook, an apron, and a small utensil set to help them practice what they learn at home. The program will culminate in a final class where each participant will have the opportunity to showcase their skills by inviting two guests to a meal prepared, served, and presented by the class.

Brown expressed her excitement about the program’s future, stating that she is already contemplating future classes and even more advanced lessons.

The response from the community has been overwhelmingly positive, with parents like Diana Thigpen eager to see the impact on their children. Thigpen, whose 14-year-old daughter Jakhia Williams is participating in the program, is excited to see her daughter learn an important life skill.

“Ms. Brown does a lot for the community, and I think the kids will really enjoy this.”

Life Restaurant’s youth cooking program not only aims to teach valuable skills but also to foster a love for cooking and food that will have a lasting impact on the young participants.