Niagara-On-The-Lake Town Crier article published Jan. 11, 2017. Article pasted below
Things are heating up in the Community Centre kitchen as youth and older adults team up for two hours of cooking on Thursday afternoons.
The “Let’s Cook Together” program, which began last October and will run through March, is a series of intergenerational cooking classes taking place at the Community Centre on Thursdays from 4-6 p.m. The program, delivered free of charge to participants thanks to the support of the Government of Ontario through a Seniors Community Grant and in-kind contributions from the Town of NOTL and the NOTL Family Health Team, is designed to teach new skills to the older adults and youth, and to provide them with the opportunity to prepare and enjoy a delicious meal together.
Each session is comprised of four interactive classes, with 12 individuals participating. The classes are typically a mix of those with a passion for cooking and those fairly new to the kitchen. The recipes use fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean protein sources to create scrumptious dishes enjoyed by everyone. Participants gain hands-on experience as they prepare and cook the recipes together, and are given the opportunity to take leftovers and a copy of the recipe home.
The program facilitators include a Masters of Applied Nutrition graduate student from the University of Guelph and the Registered Dietitian from the NOTL Family Health Team.
The initiative provides the opportunity for participants to meet people in the community while trying something new. The older adults have enjoyed the opportunity to interact with youth by sharing their own skills, recipes, and stories, and the youth have enjoyed the chance to cook and learn from older adults while working together to make delicious meals to enjoy as a group.
For more information or to register for the upcoming four-week session starting Jan. 19, please contact the NOTL Community Centre at 905-468-4386 or visit www.notl.org.