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Signs of Spring | Kids' Workshop

  • The Fig Cooking School 42 Naugatuck Avenue Milford, CT, 06460 United States (map)

Date: Sunday, March 3rd | Time: 11:30 AM – 5:30 PM | Ages: 10-17

Here by EXTREMELY popular demand, and following the smashing success of our summer workshops, we are thrilled to announce that we are now offering 1-day culinary workshops for kids aged 10-17! These monthly classes will take place at our state-of-the-art teaching kitchen in Walnut Beach, Milford. Taught using our 100% hands on method and designed for all experience levels, kids will explore new techniques and flavors and build their culinary confidence.

Our March workshop theme is Signs of Spring! As the earth begins to thaw, we will explore the refreshing seasonal flavors of early spring. Featured flavors will include fresh herbs, new potatoes, strawberries, and more. Healthy and hearty, our class will highlight the many colors of the season, even incorporating fresh flowers into plating techniques. Our interactive teaching will strengthen kids' culinary foundations as they taste and learn about flavor profiles, and build strong technique. Throughout the day we will integrate games and cultural activities, to round out a culinary journey full of laughter, learning, and good eats.

Lunch and snacks included.
Availability is limited to the first 20 kids, so book quick to avoid disappointment! 


General Information

Registration
Registration is to be completed online through our booking system, since there are important questions we need answered.

Workshops are subject to cancellation if there are less than 10 participants enrolled.

Please be honest when providing us with information about your child. We cannot accept children under 10 (including 9 ½). We NEED to know your child's allergies, as certain allergies may not be compatible with this learning environment. While not necessarily a barrier to participation, we also appreciate a heads up about any learning difficulties or interactive challenges your child may have.

Workshops are not refundable under any circumstances, out of fairness to all families. We have a limited number of spots, and we set one aside for your child when they register. If your child is unable to attend, you may transfer your reservation to a friend.

Age Restrictions
All kids in attendance MUST be at least 10 years old. Please note that 9 ½ is not 10. We have made this issue out of concern for safety, and this greatly affects the experience for all attendees. We also find that kids under 10, even those who are precocious and culinarily inclined, are not usually interested in cooking all day

If we find out that you lied about your child’s age, we reserve the right to un-enroll your child without a refund

Health
Please tell us about ALL allergies, dietary restrictions, and relevant medical or health conditions (both physical and emotional).

We recommend contacting us in advance so we can discuss if our workshops are right for your kid. Please note that there are many allergies we cannot confidently accommodate, and many health conditions that we may need to educate our staff on in advance.

If you have any questions or concerns about whether our workshops are a good fit for your kid, PLEASE call us so we can chat.

If your kid needs to take medication during the day, medicine must be given directly to staff to be distributed at the appropriate time. Please be sure to disclose all instructions for use and deliver written permission for administration. Medicine must be in its original container and labeled with the child’s name.

If your child is sick keep them home. The danger of spreading diseases to other students is escalated by the fact that our classes are completely hands-on. Please keep them home until they are symptom-free for 24 hours.

If your kid becomes sick during the day, please come pick them up immediately.

Meals
Snacks and lunch are included in workshop tuition. Please make sure your kid eats breakfast before they arrive, as it may be some time before our snack is ready. Water is always available.

If your kid is a picky eater, you may want to send along a backup lunch, as we will not be able to alter the meal to accommodate picky eaters.

In the event that your kid doesn’t eat their entire meal, they are welcome to bring their leftovers home. Please note that we will not be able to provide food to take home in the event that the kid does eat their meal.

Arrival / Pickup
Drop off is promptly at 11:30. We will not be able to open the door more than 15 minutes early.  Pickup is promptly at 5:30, since we often have events afterwards. If you need to pick up your kid early, please let us know, since we may be at the beach! Please note that if you have to pick up your child early, we cannot guarantee that food made during workshop will be ready by then.

In the event that you are stuck in horrific traffic, or otherwise unavoidably late, please let us know as soon as possible!

Safety and Discipline
In addition to providing a fun workshop experience and instilling the passion for food in all participants, one of our primary goals is to teach kids how to behave responsibly in a kitchen environment. Respect both for instructors and fellow students is crucial to ensuring that we can provide a fun, safe environment for all participants. We are working in a professional kitchen, around heat, knives, and many breakable objects. Additionally, any misstep in the recipe will affect the experience (and lunch!) of all students. The ability to listen to instruction and respect rules is absolutely crucial. Rules, instructions and safety guidelines will always be made clear to students.

Please note that we do not allow our youngest students to work with knives, and allow older students to work only with paring knives, and only under strict supervision. Any indication of inability to behave responsibly around knives will result in immediate confiscation, and all future knife privileges will be revoked for the safety of your child and fellow students.

In the event of disciplinary issues, or dangerous behavior, we will address it with the student. More serious issues will be discussed with parents at the end of the day. If we find that a student is being continually disruptive, disrespectful or dangerous, we reserve the right to un-enroll them from the workshop without a refund. Any physical aggression will result in immediate removal from workshop without a refund.

If your child has a medical or emotional condition that may make it difficult from them to follow these guidelines, please discuss it with us prior to enrollment so we can determine if our workshops are a good fit.

We do not allow electronic devices during our workshops, as they are disruptive, and one of our primary goals is to facilitate meaningful engagement between attendees. Children may bring phones to call parents, but must keep them stowed away during the day.

If you have any questions about our safety policies, please contact us prior to registration, as all enrollments are non-refundable.

Field Trips and Other Activities
Some of our workshops feature off-site activities. In most cases, this will mean a trip to beautiful nearby Walnut Beach, but we may take trips to nearby farms, stores or restaurants. We will always give you a heads-up if our journeys take us further than the beach. We will go to the beach every day that time and weather allow.

On beach days, please ensure that your child brings sunblock. He/she is welcome to bring a towel as well. We will let you know if there is anything else they should bring.

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