FIRC offers teen cooking class in Summit County |

FIRC offers teen cooking class in Summit County

Kathryn Corazzelli
Summit Daily News

To teach teens how to make healthy food choices, meals and snacks for themselves, their families and friends, Summit County’s Family and Intercultural Resource Center is offering “Cooking Matters for Teens” – a class spanning three days.

With the help of volunteer culinary and nutrition experts, participants learn how to select nutritious and low-cost ingredients and prepare them in ways that provide the best nourishment possible to their families. The class is free and includes groceries for students to take home to practice the new recipes they learned.

“After the class, I made the best pizza at home all by myself,” student Daniel Molina said. “My parents said we do not have to order out any more.”

Instructor Jannine Walldan has been teaching Cooking Matters to teens and adults for nearly two years.

“I love teaching the Cooking Matters classes because I get to witness the development of students’ enthusiasm for cooking and hear about how much fun they had in the kitchen at home making the recipes they learned in class,” Walldan said. “Cooking Matters allows teens to use their own style to create nutritious meals that they can share with friends and family.”

FIRC receives a grant from Colorado Health Foundation to fund several Cooking Matters programs throughout the year for teens and adults. Because FIRC’s mission is to help families become sustainable, education on affordable and nutritious recipes is one of the tools they provide for the community.

“Families are dealing with rising grocery costs and busy schedules, in an environment with an ever-increasing array of cheap and convenient but unhealthy food choices,” FIRC community support manager Rob Murphy said.

As nutrition and eating habits continue to be a concern for the youth of America, the nonprofit uses the class as an opportunity to educate.

“Good nutrition is critical for maintaining health, especially for kids,” Murphy said. “Cooking Matters courses show families ways to maintain a healthy lifestyle through a fun, shared activity.”

There is still space available for July’s Cooking Matters class from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 26-28 at the Frisco recreation building. Contact Rob Murphy at FIRC, 970-262-3888 x 322, or, to sign up or for more information on Cooking Matters classes offered throughout the year.

Cooking Matters is a Program of Share Our Strength, for more information on the program visit

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