Free youth cooking classes offered through St. Mark's community kitchen

Free youth cooking classes offered through St. Mark's community kitchen

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Bethany Markee, director of child nutrition for the Orcutt Union School District, left, looks at some fresh vegetables headed for student lunches with kitchen staff members Sandi Chavez, Brenda Rowe and Summer Star Rowe.

Chef Bethany Markee will offer two basic cooking boot camps for youth grades 5-12, at the Santa Ynez Valley Community Kitchen of St. Mark's in Los Olivos.

Students will learn knife safety skills, how to make bread and soup from scratch and how to work in a real industrial kitchen.

Class one is slated for Jan. 12, from 2 - 4 p.m.  The second class is scheduled for Feb. 16, from 2 - 4 p.m.

Markee has worked in the food service for nearly 30 years, and has helped Solvang Elementary, Orcutt and Los Alamos school cafeterias transition from frozen foods to meals cooked with fresh, local ingredients that kids help make. 

To register for a class, email Chef Markee at bethany@SMITV.org. Classes hold limited space.

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“Chef B” Bethany Markee, director of Child Nutrition Orcutt Union school district, talks with Marilyn Serafin, a student in the Orcutt Culinary Arts Program, on Wednesday at Full of Life Flatbread Bread Restaurant, in Los Alamos.

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"Chef B" Bethany Markee, director of child nutrition for Orcutt Union School District, huddles with students in the Orcutt Culinary Arts Program on Wednesday at Full of Life Flatbread Bread Restaurant in Los Alamos.

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Bethany Markee, “Chef B.” director of Child Nutrition Orcutt Union school district, introduces students in the Orcutt Culinary Arts Program on Wednesday at Full of Life Flatbread Bread Restaurant in Los Alamos.

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“Chef B” Bethany Markee, director of Child Nutrition Orcutt Union school district, high fives a customer as she delivers a bowl of salad to students serving patrons on Wednesday at Full of Life Flatbread Bread Restaurant, in Los Alamos.

Lisa André covers Valley Life for Santa Ynez Valley News. 

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