Amanda’s Farm to Fork in Lula was filled with laughter and smiles Saturday, June 16, for an inaugural cooking class just for kids.
Children ages 6-12 were invited to the restaurant to learn how to make fresh buttermilk biscuits and strawberry jam from scratch.
Amanda Browning, restaurant owner and class instructor, felt the need for a kids’ cooking classes after several of her customers came to her and asked if she had considered doing one.
“After talking with some of my customers, I realized how highly in demand cooking classes for kids are,” she said. “They really aren’t offered anywhere around here. After posting the 9 a.m. event on Facebook, it sold out in about an hour and a half, so I decided to have a second one.”
“We will be having more classes all summer. In July, kids will learn how to make pasta, and we will have a biscuit class for adults who want to learn, too.”
As a mother of five, Browning believes it’s important to get kids involved in the kitchen.
“All of my kids currently work at the restaurant,” she said. “Learning to cook at any age is a good skill to have that will last forever. Whether you just want to cook for yourself or your family, or even if you want to become a chef as a career, being able to create something delicious with your own two hands is always a great feeling.”
The class of 12 students learned step-by-step how to mix dry and wet ingredients together to make sticky biscuit dough before patting it out, cutting it into shapes and putting it into the oven.
“I liked mixing the butter into the flour,” Kylie Downor said while trying to pull dough off of her fingers. “But after adding the buttermilk, it just feels kind of gross.”
“She’s at the age where she should be learning how to cook for herself, so I think this will be a great experience for her,” said Rene Downor, Kylie’s mother.
Sherlene Rice brought her granddaughter Emma Rice for a day of fun.
“Emma has been wanting to learn and I know this is a safe environment,” Rice said. “She’s so excited.”
Of course, with cooking comes a good deal of cleaning up afterward.
“Don’t leave dirty dishes for your momma and daddy,” Browning said with a laugh as she helped her students at the sink. “If you can cook it, you can wash it!”
After cleaning up, the students learned about the canning process and how to make jam out of ripe strawberries from Jaemor Farms.
Ashleigh Walley and her daughter Alana Wilkins enjoyed all that the class had to offer.
“Alana has been begging to take cooking classes but they’re all so far away. My mom lives here and saw the event on Facebook and we thought it was a perfect fit,” Wilkins said.