We’re building communities of young people who explore together where better food can take them.

We focus on teaching cooking in underserved communities.

Why? Because for young people and families who are on a budget and want to eat healthy food in a regular way, there’s only one way to do it: learn to cook.


Our programs are designed as joyful, hands-on experiences with fresh, delicious, and whole foods to inspire students to establish healthy cooking and eating habits to last a lifetime.

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In underserved communities where processed, high-calorie foods are prevalent, and healthy, whole foods are scarce, The Sylvia Center provides essential programs that teach young people the skills they need to lead healthy, productive lives.

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April 4, 2017 in Blog, Events

Soup to Build: A Tasting at Shelsky’s

Soup is not only comforting and flavorful on a chilly day, but it’s also one of the building blocks of healthy and delicious home cooking, even on a budget. Come…

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March 30, 2017 in Blog, Events, In the City

You are Invited to Music for Food, April 20 — A concert to benefit The Sylvia Center

Join us on Thursday, April 20 for an evening of classical chamber music performed by world class musicians including members of the Peabody Trio, Juilliard Quartet, and the Chamber Music…

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March 16, 2017 in Blog, In the City, On the farm, Recipes

March Recipes: Soy Braised Chicken Thighs with Cabbage and Carrots; and Roasted Winter Squash, Black Bean and Kale Quesadilla

Check out these Family Class recipes that have been a hit in our classes in both New York City and Columbia County. Family Class recipes are priced out so that…

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