New Cooking School built for Kids, Teens, and Parents
Looking for a unique family activity to keep the kids entertained? Check out the newly opened Mix It Up!, a cooking school built for kids, teens and their parents on Arnould Boulevard in Lafayette.
Louisiana Born and Bred
Owners April and Chris Sins brought their family friendly cooking concept from Houma to the Hub City. “We love Lafayette! We knew this would be a great market for us. The number of young families and size of the city made Lafayette a natural first choice for our expansion.”
Both are health care professionals (April is a registered dietician/nutritionist; Chris is a registered nurse). After their children were born, they realized their shared passion for promoting health and nutrition, especially to communities in south Louisiana, where cooking has such a great tradition.
The couple started the cooking school to give children a new concept to build self-confidence through food preparations skills and knowledge. Said April, “Kids will be more likely to eat food they make. We’ve had great success in having kids try foods for the first time in our kitchen because they were involved in the preparation.”
Class Is In Session!
Regularly scheduled classes are held throughout the week, and special events such as “Parent and Child Night” encourage people to try out the concept without the commitment. Creative themes such as “Doll Brunch and Fashion Show” and “Disney Snack Stand” will give Lafayette fresh ideas on family fun.
While these class treats sound tempting and tasty, April stresses the lessons behind the obvious “cooking” class. “Beyond the measuring and mixing, the classes will boost children’s self-esteem. They’ll learn about nutrition, planning meals and valuable life skills through the classes. There are no ‘home-economics’ classes in school to teach them these skills,” she said.
Aside from the regular scheduled classes, Mix It Up! offers excellent birthday packages for aspiring chefs and their buddies. Birthday party menu options range from cupcakes and cookies to salsa and quesadillas. “It’s an easy party for busy moms and dads. We do all the work, and parents get to leave the messy kitchen for us to clean.”
Other Events in the Mix
For children, after school classes, field trips, holiday and summer camps and “Parents Night Out” events are all in the works. Also, adult cooking classes will be forthcoming. “Our Lafayette chef specializes in French and Italian cooking, so we’re planning homemade pasta and pesto nights for adults real soon,” she revealed.
For more information: http://www.mixituphouma.com/