Food Skills

The Regent Park Community Food Centre offers a series of food skills programming including community kitchens, food demonstrations and specialized workshops for children, youth, adults, and seniors. Community members come together to learn basic and more refined cooking skills, nutrition and healthy food choices, meal planning and recipe-sharing.  We cook together, eat together, socialize with friends and meet new people. Food Skills incorporates local produce – grown in the community gardens and Ontario farms – into all programming during the growing season and preserve the local harvest to be utilized in the off-season. All Food Skills programming is free.

Child and Youth Programs

Kids Cook and Grow

This kids-centered cooking and gardening program is versatile and can be offered to children and youth in different contexts. Cook and Grow teaches children and youth basic cooking and safety skills, encourages participants to cook more at home with family and with friends, boosts self-confidence and promotes healthy food options. We familiarize participants with local and alternative food systems, give participants hands-on experience with composting, worm-bin care, planting, sprouting, harvesting and tasting greens and vegetables from the garden. In this program participants garden, cook, and eat together and become critical consumers. We work with schools, agencies and partner organizations. Please contact Guinevere Pura at 416-363-4234, ext. 230 about starting a new chapter.

Kids Cook and Grow is made possible by a generous contribution from PC Children’s Charity™

Cooking Forward for Youth

Sign up required. 8-week course. Pre-employment Program for youth ages 16-29.
Designed to prepare youth for entry level jobs in the culinary arts/hospitality industry, the course will be comprised of mostly hands-on and some discussion-focused workshops. Participants will learn about: knife skills and knife safety, how to work in a fast-paced environment, time-management, baking and pastry with a focus on how to follow recipes, and kitchen culture and kitchen hierarchy. We also cover labour laws and employee rights, and how youth can search for jobs in the culinary industry.

*Participants receive a food handler’s manual and will take the Food Handler’s test at the end of the program.

Healthy Meals Community Kitchen
Sign up required. Two 6-week courses. January – March 2019. April – May 2019.
In partnership with Toronto Public Health, this new healthy eating program focuses on Chronic Disease Prevention. Each week, participants will learn how to cook budget-friendly, healthy and delicious meals.

*Snacks will be provided and recipes and leftovers will be made to take home.

Cook Ahead Community Kitchen

Sign up required. 10 week course. 2019 dates to be confirmed.
Cook Ahead aims to teach participants how to cook culturally diverse, delicious and nutritious foods in larger quantities that can be used for meal planning. We begin with the basics, and each week build on our newly acquired skills. By the end of the program, participants should feel confident in meal planning and have a greater sense of autonomy over cooking their own food at home. At Cook Ahead we combine practical skills and discussion including preventing and managing chronic disease, food and mood, and food systems and environmental sustainability.

The Evening Harm Reduction Community Kitchen
Monthly drop-in program. No sign up required. 3rd Wednesday of the month, 4-7 PM.
In partnership with Street Health, this program runs as part of a weekly Harm Reduction program at the Regent Park Community Health Centre. Participants will have access to snacks, drinks, a full meal and leftovers to take home as well as harm reduction supplies. Each community kitchen is accompanied by discussion and educational materials about the link between harm reduction and nutrition.

Culinary Workshop Series
Sign up required. Contact Cavell Hart at 416-363-4234, extension 237.
We run two to four Culinary Workshops every month that focus on skill-building and cooking traditional foods from around the world. Workshops have included Chinese Dumpling Making, Jamaican Cooking, Mexican Tamale Making, Sushi Making, Gluten-free Desserts, Cupcake Decorating and Pasta Making. To look for upcoming Culinary Workshops, follow our CRC | Regent Park Community Food Centre Facebook page.

Canning and Preserving Workshop Series
Sign up required. In partnership with Not Far From the Tree. June to October 2019.
Participants will learn how to can fruits and vegetables in safe and healthy ways, how to preserve fruits and vegetables in other ways such as fermentation, drying and freezing, and how to properly store foods that have been preserved to last the winter. All fruit used in this series is collected in and around Regent Park in partnership with Not Far From the Tree.

*For community fruit picking, contact Ashrafi Ahmed at 416-363-4234, ext. 239.

Food and the City Field Trip Series
Sign up required. Trips offered throughout the year. Upcoming trips in 2019 to be determined.
In our new field-trip series, we explore food, history and culture in Toronto. In 2018, field trips included Forsythe Family Farms, St. Lawrence Market and Little India.

*Snacks, transportation and light meal provided.

Food Demonstrations
Food Demonstrations are an opportunity to engage drop-in participants  and other community groups with new, healthy, and flavourful dishes. A short demonstration featuring the ‘food of the month’ will be cooked and participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and sample the dish created. For more info on the food of the month, check out our event calendar!

Partner Organizations

The following organizations host their own community kitchen programming in the 40 Oaks kitchen space:

Please follow our newsletter and check the CRC | Regent Park Community Food Centre Facebook page regularly for updates about new workshops, food demos and community kitchens.

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For more information or to sign up for a Food Skills program or workshop, please contact:

Andrea Hui
CRC’s Food Skills Coordinator
416-363-4234 ext 241

or Mark Woodnutt, Community Food Centre Manager at