The Teaching Kitchen | Family Outdoor Center | MetroWest YMCA

Youth, Family, & Adult

The Teaching Kitchen


Winter 2019 Classes & Programs

Space is availbale in all of the cooking classes and programs.  Registration is ongoing. 

If you or a family member has a food allergy or restriction, we strongly encourage you to contact us prior to registration.

Y-members may register online.  Non-members, please contact the Family Outdoor Center to register for this program. (508) 435-9345


Family Dinner Nights

Fridays, 4:30-7:00

1/4:  A Mediterranean Dinner

1/18: Pizza & A Salad, Homemade & Healthy

2/1:  Fresh & Healthy Fast Food Favorites

2/15:  Winter Harvest, Bringing Vegetables to the Table

Join us in the Hopkinton Teaching Kitchen for an evening of healthy cooking and dinner among family and friends!  Each class brings families together to explore the delicious culinary style that leads to lifelong health.  Classes are for chefs 5 years and older. Parents are required to stay through the duration of the program. Each class is designed to be filled with new and exciting recipes and menu items, come for one or come for all!  Each family member in attendance must register either in person, over the phone, or online. $15/member, $20/non-member per class.  Online registration codes:  

Mediterranean Dinner: 8196
Homemade & Healthy: 8197
Fresh & Healthy: 8203
Winter Harvest: 8204


Plant-Based Dinners

Chefs 13 and older

Wednesdays, 5:00-6:30

1/2, 1/9, 1/16, & 1/23

This four week class for ages 13 and older will explore new cooking options without meat. We will learn to cook with beans, tofu, and how to pair foods to make a vegetarian meal satisfactory. Each class is 90 minutes.  This class is designed to help vegetarians and meat-eaters alike to explore new menu options. Vegetarian.  $73/members, $146/non-members per 4 week session.   Online registration code  8202.


A Taste of the World

Chefs 13 and older

Tuesdays, 5:00-6:30

1/8, 1/15, 1/22, & 1/29

This four week class for ages 13 and older will provide a sample of cultural foods from around the world. We will explore unique and foreign flavor profiles. Each class is 90 minutes.  $73/members, $146/non-members per 4 week session. 


Picky Eater Club

Chefs 5-10 years old

Thursdays, 4:15 -5:30

1/24, 1/31, 2/7, & 2/14

For children ages 5-10 encourages selective eaters to try new foods in a safe and comfortable way. Students who cook foods are more likely to try a food they have helped prepare. This class will also provide resources and community for parents of children who have difficulty trying new foods.  $73/members, $146/non-members per 4 week session.  Online registration code: 8200


Kids in the Kitchen

Chefs in K-2nd Grades

Mondays, 4:00-5:30

1/7, 1/14, 1/28, & 2/4

For children ages 5-8 introduces children to the kitchen. Students will learn or strengthen basic cooking skills to create some amazing, healthy dishes.  $73/members, $146/non-members per 4 week session.  Online registration code is 8198



4 & 5 Year Old Chefs

7 Week Session, 1 Class Per Week

Tuesdays, 10:30-11:30

Thursdays 10:00-11:00

Your preschooler is invited to join our first ever class for their age!  In this introductory class, kids will lean basic kitchen, cooking, and safety skills while crafting fun, healthy, and edible creations each week!  $115/members and $230/non-members per 7 week session.







Danielle Allen

Hopkinton Schools Out Site Director & Community Nutrition Coordinator

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Danielle is a Registered Dietitian who graduated from Framingham State University with a BS in Food and Nutrition. She first joined the YMCA during summer of 2017 as a camp counselor and has worked and interned in many roles since. Danielle was a dietetic intern at the Hockomock Area YMCA in North Attleborough as well as public school nutritional programs in Ashland.  She is passionate about providing nutrition education to the community in a fun and innovative way through programs and Schools Out.  

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