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The Teaching Kitchen

Kitchen

Exploration Commons Teaching Kitchen provides the community with creative and educational ways to connect through food.

Together we engage in experiences, programs, and hands-on classes to gain skills and confidence in the kitchen, both personally and professionally. We provide fundamental cooking classes, nutrition and health education, and workforce development opportunities for everyone in the community.

Our Approach to Food

Staff and guest presenters encourage curiosity of new cooking techniques and global cuisines to cultivate positive food experiences. We highlight accessible and affordable foods so participants feel empowered to recreate the recipes at home.

Our Approach to Community

We create programs to serve community members of all ages and local organizations. We foster respect of others and all food cultures by providing diverse and inclusive instruction.

Upcoming Classes and Programs

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Books and Bites: Edible Flowers and Nature Reads
Exploration Commons
Tuesday, June 18, 2024 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Ages: Adults
Registration and more information
Join us for another joint program between CCPL's Westminster Branch and Exploration Commons, hosted in our teaching kitchen! We will learn about edible flowers while attendees will help create one of five dishes to share among the whole group: 

- Butterfly Pea Flower Salad

- Fried Squash Blossoms

- Mango Smoothie Bowl with Edible Flower Garnishes

- Melon Hibiscus Sorbet

While we eat, librarians Hannah and Joy will book talk a variety of narrative nonfiction nature-focused books that will be available for checkout at the end of class.

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Spice Blends for Grilling
Exploration Commons
Saturday, June 22, 2024 - 10:00am - 12:00pm
Ages: 16 - Adults, Adults
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Learn the secrets to creating seasonings perfect for grilling meats, seafood, and veggies. Participants will create a grilling spice blend and then make their own signature blend to take home. A tasting will conclude the class.

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ServSafe® Food Protection Manager Two-Day Class: Day 1
Exploration Commons
Monday, June 24, 2024 - 9:00am - 4:00pm
Ages: 16 - Adults, Adults
Registration and more information
The ServSafe® Food Protection Manager Course is for individuals preparing to take the ServSafe® Food Protection Manager Certification Exam. After taking the course and passing the proctored, multiple-choice exam, participants will receive a Food Protection Manager Certificate, valid for up to five (5) years. This course covers Food Safety Training; Foodborne Illness; Hygiene, Health & Food Safety; Flow of Food: Purchasing, Receiving, Storing, Preparing, Cooking and Serving; Environment: Equipment, Cleaning, Sanitizing, Pest Control and Facilities; and the HACCP System. This is a two-day class, with session one on Monday, June 24, and session two on Tuesday, June 25.

©2018 National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (National Restaurant Association). All rights reserved. ServSafe is a trademark of the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation. National Restaurant Association® and the arc design are trademarks of the National Restaurant Association.

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ServSafe® Food Protection Manager Two-Day Class: Day 2
Exploration Commons
Tuesday, June 25, 2024 - 9:00am - 4:00pm
Ages: 16 - Adults, Adults
Registration and more information
The ServSafe® Food Protection Manager Course is for individuals preparing to take the ServSafe® Food Protection Manager Certification Exam. After taking the course and passing the proctored, multiple-choice exam, participants will receive a Food Protection Manager Certificate, valid for up to five (5) years. This course covers Food Safety Training; Foodborne Illness; Hygiene, Health & Food Safety; Flow of Food: Purchasing, Receiving, Storing, Preparing, Cooking and Serving; Environment: Equipment, Cleaning, Sanitizing, Pest Control and Facilities; and the HACCP System. This is a two-day class, with session one on Monday, June 24, and session two on Tuesday, June 25.

©2018 National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (National Restaurant Association). All rights reserved. ServSafe is a trademark of the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation. National Restaurant Association® and the arc design are trademarks of the National Restaurant Association.

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ServSafe® Food Handler Course
Exploration Commons
Wednesday, June 26, 2024 - 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Ages: 15 - Adults, Adults
Registration and more information
The ServSafe® Food Handler course, taught by a Certified ServSafe® Instructor, provides basic food safety knowledge. This two-hour class covers five key areas: Basic Food Safety, Personal Hygiene, Cross Contamination and Allergens, Time and Temperature, and Cleaning and Sanitizing. At the end of the class, participants will receive a certificate after completing a 40-question assessment.
©2018 National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (National Restaurant Association). All rights reserved. ServSafe is a trademark of the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation. National Restaurant Association® and the arc design are trademarks of the National Restaurant Association.

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Kids Cooking: Stovetop Quesadillas
Exploration Commons
Friday, June 28, 2024 - 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Ages: 10 - 13
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This hands-on class will introduce kitchen safety and stovetop cooking skills as we prepare a simple quesadilla recipe. This class is appropriate for children with no cooking experience.

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Cooking for Wellness: UV Safety Month
Exploration Commons
Monday, July 1, 2024 - 1:30pm - 3:30pm
Ages: 15 - Adults, Adults
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In the heat of the summer, we are all lathering up with sunblock and hanging out in the shade. It's good to protect your skin from UV damage, but are you getting enough vitamin D? Discuss how you can protect your skin and get more vitamin D in your diet with a registered dietitian while enjoying a light summer custard. This class is provided through The Partnership for a Healthier Carroll County and Carroll Hospital.

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Tomato Galette
Exploration Commons
Tuesday, July 2, 2024 - 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Ages: 16 - Adults, Adults
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In this hands-on class, participants will make a delicious Tomato Galette. 

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Asian-Styled Steamed Buns
Exploration Commons
Saturday, July 6, 2024 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Ages: 15 - Adults, Adults
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Love Asian-style steamed buns? Join this hands-on class and learn how to prepare Steamed Pork Buns and Egg Custard Buns. 

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Easy Antipasti
Exploration Commons
Monday, July 8, 2024 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Ages: 14 - Adults, Adults
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Create delicious Italian appetizers perfect to start any meal or share with others. Chef Andrew Preziosi will teach tricks to properly roast and stuff red peppers, create a delicious feta dip, and more. This class is free.

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Teen Cooks: Fast Food Dupes
Exploration Commons
Thursday, July 11, 2024 - 1:00pm - 3:30pm
Ages: 13 - 18
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By popular teen demand, make healthy versions of cult classic fast food items in our teaching kitchen! We will try our hand at: 

- Crunchwrap Supremes

- Waffle Fries with Fried Chicken Nuggets

- Cake Pops and Lemonade Refreshers

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Korean Street Toast
Exploration Commons
Friday, July 12, 2024 - 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Ages: 12 - Adults, Adults
Registration and more information
Join us for a hands-on class on making Gilgeori Toast, a popular Korean street food. You will prepare a version of this savory-sweet dish that pairs wasabi-mayo-crab with the traditional eggy-veg filling. This version was inspired by a trip to Toronto, which has its own Korean street toast restaurant. 

Children ages 12 - 14 may register and attend with a registered adult.