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Neurodiverse Adults CONNECT at Saturday Socials

Culinary & Life Skill Cooking Classes for Post High School Adults 18+

WHAT?   Saturday Socials offer a unique culinary opportunity for adult participants.  Every Saturday Social is a three-hour, all-inclusive, hands-on, cooking class experience where participants prepare an easy meal together in our cozy home kitchen.  Participants sit together, share the meal and conversation following preparation.  Following the meal, participants clean up.  Conversations are guided by conversation starters around the theme and current culture.  


WHERE?  Camp Cook Kitchen

WHEN? 11:00am-2pm on the 3rd Saturday of each month.   Four participants minimum and six participants maximum per class.
$75/participant

 

HOW?  Participants learn culinary and organizational life skills essential for navigating the kitchen and for future independent living.  Each month has a specific theme, focus, with intentional concepts and skills.  The curriculum is mindfully and purposefully designed for learning in the home environment. Our teaching method is based in positive terms, praise and encouragement.  We express what participants need to do rather than focusing on what not to do. 

 

WHO? This cooking class experience is for post high school adults 18+ with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), ADHD, social anxiety, and similar needs.  Other neurodiverse individuals with social and neurodevelopmental differences are also welcome. Please see our prerequisites below.  Currently, our neurodiverse cooking classes are primarily for individuals on the higher functioning end of the spectrum.  We do have some adaptive tools/utensils in our kitchen for those who may need them.  All participants learn about weights, measures, ingredients and their uses, how to interpret and follow a recipe, use a full range of utensils and tools, knife skills, table setting, kitchen safety 101, large and small appliances, ovens, electric and gas cook tops, and much more.

 

PRE-REQUISITES?  Our core prerequisites for all participants are the following:
1.  Literacy - specifically be able to read and follow simple written directions.
2.  Ability to follow simple verbal instructions.
3.  Ability to mirror simple, visually demonstrated directions.
4.  Willingness to work independently in a small group setting with others.
5.  Non-aggressive comportment, with ability to self-regulate.
6.  Comfortable with hand-on-hand support/guidance.
7.  Interest in participating in learning to cook. 
8.  We require an initial questionnaire for all incoming participants prior to registration. Why do we ask for this?
Our classes are purposefully small so participants receive individualized attention. Every class is taught according to the needs and accommodations of the participants in each class.
9.  We also prefer all new participants, along with parents/guardians tour our kitchen whether it be at an open house, or a private (free) appointment before their first class.  This simply eases the common anxiety students have about a new environment. 

 

INTERESTED?  If you're ready to register, here's how to start the registration process:   Please go here to request our Adults CONNECT questionnaire.  You will receive a live link to the questionnaire.  Complete and submit questionnaire.  After submitting, you will receive an immediate thank you message.  Then, go to Neurodiverse Registration Page  where you can view full menus and register for as many classes as you like.  Questions?  Feel free to text/call the office 281.855.9779.​  

Summer/Early Fall Schedule

June 15, 2024 Summer Yums FOCUS: Fantastic Food Processor DESCRIPTION: This month all eyes are on the fantastic food processor! This small appliance is very versatile and a big-time saving piece of equipment. Our recipes this week all use the food processor in some manner. The brand we use are Ninja. Our pizza sauce is from scratch utilizing sweet summer tomatoes! Seasonal fruits and veggies will be a topic of conversation this month. As with every class, we sprinkle in knife skills, ingredient education, reading and following a recipe, tools and utensils how-to, table setting, and clean up. This is a hands-on experience and with a meal, and some to-go home. MENU: Perfect Pizza Sauce-Mini Pizza Bites, Toasty Zucchini Potater Tots, Crusted Sweet Potato Chicken Nuggets, Sassy Street Tacos, Berry Yummy Butter Cream Parfaits COST: $75 DURATION: 3 Hours

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July 20. 2024 Americana Brunch FOCUS: Magnificent Mixer DESCRIPTION: This month all eyes are on the magnificent mixer! Mixing and blending oh my! Participants will learn the mixer can actually mean different things when cooking up a recipe. We will explore mixing versus blending. Our recipes are suitable for breakfast and lunch. Our soup is from scratch utilizing fresh rosemary, basil and sweet summer tomatoes! Seasonal fruits and veggies will be a topic of conversation this month. Sweet summer berries make another appearance in our tart recipe. As with every class, we sprinkle in knife skills, ingredient education, reading and following a recipe, tools and utensils how-to, table setting, and clean up. This is a hands-on experience with brunch as our meal, and some to-go home. MENU: Rosemary Tomato Basil Soup, Special Sourdough Grilled Cheese Bites, You Choose Egg Casseroles, Mini Berry Tarts COST: $75 DURATION: 3 Hours

August 17, 2024 Crunch 'N Munch FOCUS: Awesome Air Fryer DESCRIPTION: Join us this month for some crunchy fun! We will focus on learning all about the awesome air fryer! This small appliance is very versatile and is a valuable piece of equipment for your kitchen. We will cook an entire meal using the air fryer. Our kitchen is equipped with three different types of air fryers exposing participants to differences. The brands we use are Ninja. As with every class, we sprinkle in knife skills, ingredient education, reading and following a recipe, tool and utensil how-to, table setting, and clean up. This is a hands-on experience and a full meal with some to take home. MENU: Crunchy Chicken Strips, You-Choose Chicken Wings, Sassy Seasoned Curly Fries, Mini Cobs, Cinnamon Grilled Apples COST: $75 DURATION: 3 Hours

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September 21, 2024 Grill and Chill FOCUS: Indoor & Outdoor Grill Skills DESCRIPTION: This month indoor and outdoor grill skills take center stage! Participants will learn the basics of indoor and outdoor grilling. We will explore the outdoor grill and how to use an indoor grill pan as well. Our recipes this month will utilize both. Grill masters unite! As with every class, we sprinkle in knife skills, ingredient education, reading and following a recipe, tools and utensils how-to, table setting, and clean up. This is a hands-on experience with a meal, and some to-go home. MENU: You Choose Burgers OR Chicken, Groovy Grilled Pineapple Veggie K-Babs Cool Chocolate & Strawberry Panini COST: $75 DURATION: 3 Hours

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