It starts in the kitchen!

The Sylvia Center teaches young people how to build healthier lives through food and become healthy food advocates within their communities.

Tune into free virtual live cooking classes for families with kids of all ages and prepare dishes in real time with The Sylvia Center community chefs. Classes are conducted Wednesday and Thursday evenings from 5 to 6/6:30. For more information and to sign-up, please see below. The recipe(s) for each week’s classes are posted a week in advance, so there will be plenty of time to make sure you have all the ingredients necessary.

For those in Columbia Co., NY, home of The Sylvia Center’s upstate New York campus, ingredients for each classes  will be available at  Philmont Cooperative and Katchkie Farm by ordering a week before the associated class. (See details below). All participants will be sent a link via email.

Philmont Food Co-op


  • Summer Session 2: 7/9 – 8/20, no class on 8/6
  • Recipe for 7/9 – Baked Stuffed Zucchini Boats & Fennel Apple Salad
  • Recipe for 7/16  – Asian Noodle Salad
  • Recipe for 7/23 – Summer Wheat Berry Salad
  • Recipe for 7/30 – Egg Foo Young and Cucumber Salad
  • No class on 8/6
  • Recipe for 8/13 – Eggplant Ragu with Polenta and Cheesy Polenta
  • Recipe for 8/20 – Green Bean Panzanella and Watermelon Gazpacho 
  • Fall Session: 9/24 – 10/29 
  • Recipe for 9/24Autumn Asian Stir Fry and Blistered Shishito Peppers 

Katchkie Farm


Parents must be prepared to supervise or give permission to students participating as we will be utilizing cooktops and knives to prepare the recipes.

For more information, email:

Virtual Cooking Class Gallery 

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