By DonR 12-20-2014
When I ask people if they would like to host a cook-in, I’ve heard “I don’t have the knowledge (substitute skill, experience, ability, time, expertise, training).” Actually anyone can host a Cook-In with the understanding that they do not need to lead it. Here are more ideas for hosting one and picking out leaders:
After leading crock-pot meals classes at the senior center and basic cooking classes at the food bank, I’ve come to realize that cooking for a family is not rocket science. Nor do you need a college degree to host a kitchen full of average adults. In each class there were plenty of people who already knew how to cook. Therefore, hosting is merely providing a place to cook, tools and a few recipes to use. The group will bring ingredients and do the rest. So, what does the host do? See: Hosting your first cook in: make simple pies
If you are still unsure about hosting an event, here are more ideas:
- Identify an acquaintance who has a special recipe and see if he/she will show some friends how to prepare it. Now you have your leader(s).
- Invite others with cooking experience to support the leaders
- Check out a few cookbooks to complement the recipes you will use,
- Browse through the cookbooks and write down a few discussion questions.
- Reserve a kitchen that has tables where everyone can sit comfortably and share ideas.
- Have a nice gift or card ready to thank the leaders.
PR Tip: When asking someone to lead, be sure to be gracious and accept their ideas as best you can.