Forest Gourmet Club 2021

“Cooking with kids is not just about ingredients, recipes, and cooking. It’s about harnessing imagination, empowerment, and creativity.” – Guy Fieri

Club Details

Includes: VOS instructor, cooking gears, ingredients and follow up debrief notes.

Dates: September 12, 19, 26 and October 3, 17. 

Days: Saturdays 12pm – 3pm

Price: $55/person/Saturday or $185.00 for four Saturdays.

Instructor: Melissa Ellingham


Forest Gourmet Club Overview:


With years of experience in the culinary industry, our certified chef, Melissa Ellingham, is interweaving her passion for health and the outdoors to create a space for youth to safely explore the joys of cooking. Forest Gourmet Club will be focusing on nutritious, family-friendly foods while incorporating as many seasonal and local ingredients as possible. Each week we will focus on new skills and different cuisine. All cookware and ingredients will be provided.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Understanding wellness; how nutrition, movement, rest, and emotional health create a healthy body.

  • Cooking safely, consistently, and efficiently

  • Knife safety, etiquette, and chopping techniques (julienne, dice, mince, etc)

  • Minimizing food waste; how to use every part of the ingredient

  • Organization and cleanliness; basic FoodSafe lessons and time management.

  • Cooking methods (stewing, roasting, poaching, frying, etc) and how they structurally affect the ingredient.

  • Cultural awareness; using food as a tool to explore the world while we are stuck inside.

Other resources:

1. For more information about our COVID-19 Guidelines, please click here: VOS Covid-19 Guidelines

2. Day Program Guidelines:

We will be following the “COVID-19 PRINCIPLES AND EMERGING PRACTICES FOR BRITISH COLUMBIA SCHOOL AGE LED OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES”  guidelines established by the Outdoor Council of Canada. To read these guidelines, please click here.

In addition, we will also be following the BC Centre for Disease Control’s “COVID-19 Public Health Guidance for Child Care Settings”. These guidelines can be found here.