Friday, September 2, 2011

Chef Kids Make Salsa on September 10th!

The Junior Gardener's Club will bring Julie Merry of The Merry Kitchen to the Children's Garden on September 10th for a delicious program where club members will learn about fresh produce and will make salsa and lettuce wraps! Eating their creations will round out the hour.

After the program, club members will take a short tour of the Silverton Market Garden and may get to harvest some fresh produce to take home!

The program begins at 10 a.m. and will run for approximately 1 hour. All cooking and produce materials will be provided.

About the Merry Kitchen:
The Merry Kitchen is the brainchild of Julie Merry. Julie got her bachelor's degree in Nutrition at Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia and soon became a Registered Dietitian. While attending GSU, she switched her focus to the culinary aspects of nutrition. During college, she worked as a nanny for four children and discovered they had never been taught to cook. Julie took the opportunity to explore cooking with them. After seeing the excitement on the children's faces, she recognized her dream - teaching children to cook.
She moved to Portland, Oregon in the fall of 1999 and attended Western Culinary Institute. After graduating with honors, she cooked at a local restaurant and led the catering team for Elephants Deli. After gaining experience in a restaurant kitchen, she pursued teaching with the Western Culinary weekend program. She also volunteered at Sur la Table in the teaching classroom. After helping out for a few months, she was hired to teach the children’s cooking classes at Sur la Table. Her first class was such a success, she was asked to teach the Kid’s Cooking Camps that summer.
After two successful years with Sur la Table, Julie was then hired by Portland Public Schools to lead the after school cooking program at Fernwood Middle School. While teaching at Fernwood, she realized her ultimate dream. It was to have a cooking school out of her home, teaching teenagers and children of all ages to cook.
Ever since that realization, Julie has been remodeling an adorable house she found in NE Portland. While planning out the school, she decided that children should be learning how to grow the food they were going to be cooking. In 2008, she completed the Master Gardener program taught by OSU Extension Services. She has been cultivating a 500 square foot garden in her backyard and during summer camps, teaches children how to grow, maintain and reap the benefits of an all organic garden. Compost is made and utilized from the scraps of each cooking class.
The Merry Kitchen also does private parties, birthday parties or special themes not listed on their website. These need to be scheduled at least a week out. Please direct inquires to Julie Merry by phone: 503.946.8357 or email at The Merry Kitchen is located at 5202 NE 72nd Avenue, Portland OR 97128. Please call for an appointment. No drop ins.