MACMILLAN COFFEE MORNING

Friday 29th September @ 11am - 1pm


Come along to The Larder for some fantastic coffees, teas and delicious home baking to support this amazing cause.
Bring all your friends & family to catch up over a cuppa and a slice of something delicious. A great way to raise money for Cancer Research and ALL proceeds will be donated to MacMillan.
We are very proud to be part of The World's Biggest Coffee Morning and hold our very own MacMillan Coffee Morning to raise funds for this fantastic charity.
Hope to see you there 😁

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Kids in The Kitchen Summer Camps 2017 are a Massive Hit with Kids and Parents Alike

This Summer's Kids in the Kitchen Cookery Classes are a total sellout! Our Kids classes are in huge demand and have been a massive success once again this year. Children have thoroughly enjoyed getting their hands dirty making a whole host of dishes from Pizza and Pasta from scratch to Soup and Cakes. We cannot keep up with demand for for these classes. This is great news for all involved and 100% of profit generated will go straight back into helping the most disadvantaged young people of West Lothian into work.

Working in Partnership with Almond Housing Association

We are delighted to be collaborating with Almond Housing Association to provide cookery classes for their Tenants. It is set to be the first of many cookery classes we provide and we are excited about the opportunities our partnership offers everyone involved. This first class has a healthy eating focus and will inform Tenants on methods of making meals stretch further including guidance on correct cooling, storage, freezing and reheating.

We thank Almond Housing for choosing The Larder.

100% of profit made will go back into our Social Enterprise to help the most disadvantaged young people of West Lothian into work

100% Success Rate @ The Larder

It is the end of a brilliant academic year @ The Larder. 100% of our students working towards SQA Qualifications successfully gained them. 100% of our students are moving onto a Positive Destination, College, Returning to School or to College.

Pictured are some of them at our Celebration of Learning Award Ceremony and Lunch Event. They were very proud to receive their certificates of achievement marking their qualifications and personal success.

We have a break over the Summer then we will begin all over again with some faces retutning for another year and some new studetns joining us for their turn to Change Their Young Lives Through Food.

Monthly Pop-up-Cafe Lunch Events Sell Out

We cannot keep up with demand for our delicious home cooked three course lunch menu served on the first Tuesday of each month.

This is a training Cafe, all the food is planned, prepared and served by our young hospitality students aged from 14 to 16 years. 

The food is of exceptional quality, freshness and value. 

We have built a tremendous reputation and have even had a customer from Vienna who joined us for lunch at our June Pop-up-Cafe.

Our Monthly Friday Night is Bistro Night is a Big Hit

Our new monthly Bistro Evening events are going down a storm. An informal Bistro setting ensures a relaxing and friendly night out to dine on our delicious freshly cooked menus and made from scratch with the freshest ingredients in front of your very eyes in our unique open kitchen.

The food quality has been a big hit with our customers and we cant keep up with the demand!

Happy Customer Feedback

I sent my hubby and 2 boys (aged 5 & 8) along for the Father's Day Cookery Class and they loved it! They made Pasta and Pizza from scratch (the youngest now wants a pasta machine!) and enjoyed scoffing it! The Staff were brilliant and so good with the children (and Dads!) would thoroughly recommend. I am now looking for a calss I can attend!      

 Ruth

 

Just wanted to say that we came along with friends to the Bistro night on Friday and thoroughly enjoyed it.  The food and service were superb! Would you be good enough to add me to your mailing list to alert me to future events please? Many thanks          

Lianne

Delighted to welcome our local politicians

Fiona Hyslop MSP and Hannah Bardell MP visiting The Larder on Friday 11th November.

Fiona Hyslop MSP and Hannah Bardell MP visiting The Larder on Friday 11th November.

We were delighted to welcome Fiona Hyslop MSP Cabinet Secretary for Culture and tourism and Hannah Bardell MP to The Larder Cook School on Friday 11th November 2016.

Thanks to our students who made wonderful home baking and a chicken and haggis dish with potatoes and roast vegetables.  The food was delicious and the students did so well.

during the visit we were able to share our successes with our local politicians who were very impressed with the culinary expertise of our students and the fantastic facility that we have here @ The Larder cook School.

Thanks to both for taking the time out of their busy schedules to visit us and take an interest in the work that we do.

Introducing our new Partner

Cake Design

Cake Design

We are delighted to announce that Jennifer from Stella Pumpkin Cake Design will be working in partnership with us for the next year.  

Jennifer will be delivering all of our baking classes for kids and adults as well as an adult and child baking class.  All of our classes will continue to be delivered to the highest standard and with Jennifer's expert cake making and decorating skills they will get event better.

The first of our classes with Jennifer will be delivered on the 23rd and 24th of December but book early as they will be popular as ever.

we welcome Jennifer to The Larder team and look forward to working with her over the coming year, most importantly we look forward to you, our customer, having even more great cooking experiences.

The Larder Team

 

Mary's Meals Charity Fundraiser - Sunday 13th March

The Larder is supporting the fundraising efforts of the children of Howden St Andrew's Primary School who are trying to raise as much money as they can to help feed and education the poorest children in Malawi.

Food is such a luxury for most people in the West that we take it for granted and we at The Larder have started work to raise awareness of food poverty in West Lothian and Scotland.

Bringing together our food skills and Howden St Andrew's children's commitment to raise money for this very good cause we will provide an afternoon of fun and food for the whole family.

What's going on:

Some children from the school will work with our chef in the morning to prepare the food, including a traditional Malawian dish.  They will prepare pasta and meatballs and will deliver a talk on the Mary's Meals project.

Children that attend will be able to watch a films, play some word search games and watch the Larder cook off where two children from the school will challenge each other to cook a dish to be judged by the audience, a bit like Ready Steady Cook.

There will be a raffle and a guess the weight of the cake draw.

We look forward to seeing you on the day for a fun filled foodie afternoon to raise money for a very good cause.

Vacancies

Want to help get more people in West Lothian cooking?

SESSIONAL CHEFS

2016 is going to be a busy year for the Larder Cook School and we need to build up a bank of fully trained/qualified chefs with a wide range of experience in cooking. If recruited to our bank we will work with you to best use your skills and experience to get more people in West Lothian cooking good quality nutritious food at home.

Interested? Please contact Melissa at melissa@thelarder.org for further information and a recruitment pack.

We look forward to hearing from you.

- The Larder Cook School Team

KIDS IN THE KITCHEN 2016

2016 will see the introduction of a new range of baking classes, the return of the Great larder Bake Off for kids and by popular demand our school holiday courses.  The Larder is the only cook school in Scotland to offering an extensive variety of classes and course for kids from the age of 5 upwards. 

Click here to take you to our kids cookery page where you can book online.  Early booking for kids classes is always advisable as they are usually full.

The Benefits of Kids Learning to Cook

Why Kids Cooking?

There are many reasons to get your kids cooking, and in this post, we’re going to highlight all the fantastic reasons they should be more involved in the preparation and cooking of meals.

Hands On With Kids Cooking Classes

Yes, the kids can have the experience of some hands on action in the kitchen. Helping to prepare food, to touch it, feel it, smell it is a great way to introduce them to food, and helps them to feel they’re taking a really active part in the preparation of meals. If you’re children are unsure about new foods, then allowing them to help prepare food in kids cooking classes, will be a good way of introducing them to new things.

Broaden The Palate

As we’ve seen, allowing your children to help prepare meals helps them to feel a part of meal times, and touching and feeling food also helps to introduce them to something new. Once they’ve helped prepare the food it will seem a lot less scary when it comes to eating it.

Children will enjoy eating a meal they know they’ve spent time helping you to prepare. It also helps to broaden their palate. While they’re working in the kitchen with you, they’re also being exposed to new foods, to things they’ve never tried before. It’s much more likely they’ll give something a go if they’ve already been introduced to it in the kitchen.

Planning – Cooking Classes For Kids

If children help out with you in preparing a meal, not only are they experimenting with food, they’re also helping to plan the meal itself, they’ll grow to have a better appreciation of what it takes to prepare a meal for the family.

Give them some more responsibility, such as helping to choose the ingredients and plan the meals around them, and they’ll have a real feel for cooking and the kitchen environment.

There are plenty of other important skills that children can enhance by spending time in a kids cooking class:

  • Timing – learning how long things take to cook and how much preparation time is needed

  • Maths – working out much is needed for each ingredient, weighing and measuring

  • Chemistry – yes! Learn how ingredients change shape and turn into something completely different

  • Confidence – it’ll help build your child’s confidence

  • Communications – if your child is shy and doesn’t talk much, then the kitchen is the ideal place to expand their vocabulary and help them to be more confident

  • Bonding – Yes, you and your children can use the time you spend in the kitchen to bond, it really is a wonderful way to spend time together.

So there you have it, some perfectly great reasons why kids cooking classes help them to appreciate food as much as you do. 

Charity Fundraising Event Sunday 31st january 2016

MARY’S MEALS PROVIDES LIFE-CHANGING MEALS TO SOME OF THE WORLD’S POOREST CHILDREN EVERY DAY
THEY ATTEND SCHOOL.

The Larder is supporting the fundraising efforts of the children of Howden St Andrew's primary School who are trying to raise as much money as they can to help feed and education the poorest children in Malawi.

Food is such a luxury for most people in the West that we take it for granted and we at The Larder have started work to raise awareness of food poverty in West Lothian and Scotland.

Bringing together our food skills and Howden St Andrew's children's commitment to raise money for this very good cause we will provide an afternoon of fun and food for the whole family.

To find out more and to book your place for a fun packed afternoon please click here

 

New Funding secured

The Larder has been successful in securing funding from The Scottish Government Community Capacity and Resilience Fund.  We secured £4900 to pilot a cooking programme called Let's Cook.  

The project, Let’s Cook, will be geared towards individual and community need and will deliver cooking skills in local communities thus offering longer term solutions to food poverty.  We will link with West Lothian Food Bank and those working to relieve food poverty to identify those most in need. 

Each course will consist of 6 x 3hr sessions which will incorporate eating a meal together at the end of each session.  The sessions will be held in 6 priority communities between October 2015 and December 2015.  

If you would like to increase your cooking skills and learn a bit more about food planning and budgeting then please contact us:

Angela Boyd:  01506412819 or 07861449259 or email us angela@thelarder.org 

 

Kids summer programme cooking up a storm

We are into the second week of the Kids summer cooking programme and everyone is having a ball.  

We have already had the P2 to P4 in and this week we have the P5+ for our first full-time class.  

The kids got the chance to make a variety of dishes including soup, lemon drizzle cake, chicken burgers and chocolate brownies etc. At the end of each week all the kids receive a certificate to award their efforts and a recipe booklet containing the entire week’s recipes so they can use their new cookery skills at home.

All the kids who have attended so far have had a great time and we have received excellent feedback from the kids and adults.  We still have some spaces left on the afternoon of week beginning 27th July from 2pm to 5 pm.  Visit the kids cooking section to book now!