We’re growing a community of healthy eaters — and it starts with teaching young people how to cook.

The Sylvia Center’s mission is to open new possibilities for more young people by increasing knowledge of and desire for healthy foods. We invite young people to build healthier lives by teaching them how to cook with healthy foods as a foundation. And we encourage them to share their new-found knowledge and skills with others.

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Students served since 2007

our impact


of students who complete the program will improve their diet by eating more vegetables on a regular basis


achieve significant improvement in self-efficacy in the kitchen


young people learn to cook with us every year — in New York City and Columbia County combined. 

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Butternut Squash Gingersnap Banana Pudding

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This delicious dessert recipe uses the versatile fall vegetable, butternut squash. While it’s in season, it will be richer in flavor and full of nutrients. Butternut squash will give the…

Noodle Passport | Soba Noodle Salad

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Soba noodles are Japanese noodles made of buckwheat flour that can be eaten hot or cold. The sauce is made using the flavors of soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, sesame…

Chef Wu to join The Sylvia Center’s Virtual Fundraiser!

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The Sylvia Center is pleased to announce that Chef Wu will join our November 11th “Art of Cooking Virtual Fundraiser” as guest chef instructor. Chef Wu will close out the…