Stepping Stones Program for Adults Visits The Learning Kitchen

Date posted: March 10, 2020

The Learning Kitchen Hosts Stepping Stones I Cincinnati, OhioOn Feb. 27, adult participants of Stepping Stones developed their cooking skills while preparing an African feast at The Learning Kitchen. Located in West Chester, the business offers cooking classes that are fun and social on a variety of cuisines from around the globe.

Master Chefs in the Making

At personal cooking stations, each participant set out to prepare a three-course meal that included fried plantains, a salad and traditional African meat pie. Before starting on their appetizers, everyone washed their hands and learned about maintaining safety in a cooking environment. 

Then, the chefs got to work! They pealed, sliced and fried bananas. They learned to prep, roll and knead dough for their main dish. They also learned proper knife techniques while dicing vegetables for a salad.

Throughout the cooking class, The Learning Kitchen’s Chef Timmy Kirk provided demonstration and guidance. Kirk has studied cooking throughout Asia, taking classes in China, Japan, India and more. Before coming to Cincinnati, he worked at Q House Modern Chinese – named Denver’s “Best Restaurant” in 2018 by Eater Magazine.

After preparing their three-course meal, everyone enjoyed a family style dinner and discussed the different flavors behind each dish. The experience was a rewarding way for participants to learn more about African culture while developing cooking skills in an environment that celebrates all level of ability.

Thank You, Warren Co. Board of DD

Stepping Stones’ visit to The Learning Kitchen was an “Adults Around Town” outing. Funded by a grant from Warren Co. Board of DD, the recreation program allows adults with disabilities to explore and enjoy new experiences within their local community. Other outings this season have included a visit to the Newport Aquarium, a trip to see The Lion King at the Aronoff Center, a BB Riverboat Cruise and more. 

The Learning Kitchen Hosts Stepping Stones I Cincinnati, Ohio

At The Learning Kitchen, each participant had a personal cooking station for preparing the African meals.

The Learning Kitchen Hosts Stepping Stones I Cincinnati, Ohio

Ian peals a banana for his fried plantain appetizer.

The Learning Kitchen Hosts Stepping Stones I Cincinnati, Ohio

Aaron is all smiles while sauteing fresh spinach and tomatoes.

The Learning Kitchen Hosts Stepping Stones I Cincinnati, Ohio

Andrew rolls out dough for the main course.

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