Columbus Library to offer cooking classes thanks to Carolina Foothills Foundation grant

Published 11:53 am Wednesday, December 20, 2023

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Thanks to a generous grant from the Carolina Foothills Foundation, Columbus Library will offer classes for all ages using a mobile Charlie Cart kitchen starting in January. The project, titled “Bridging the Food Insecurity Gap,” is designed to equip participants with nutrition information, food safety knowledge and food preparation skills through cooking programs.

Kids in the Kitchen, a cooking class for kindergartners to 5th-graders and their families, will run throughout the winter and spring. The first three-week series is planned on alternating Wednesdays starting January 17 and recipes include blood orange soda, Indian flatbread and rustic tomato sauce. 

Middle and high schoolers can learn how to prepare healthy snacks at Teen Tastebud Takeover each month. During the first program on January 24, participants will make fresh hummus two different ways (using a blender, and a mortar and pestle).

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Meatless Mondays will be on the 4th Monday of each month – stop by between the hours of 2 pm.. and 4 pm.. for a cooking demonstration and sample of a nutritious vegetarian recipe featuring the library’s spice of the month. First up on January 22 is Creamy Roasted Red Pepper Soup using crushed red pepper flakes.

Kids in the Kitchen and Teen Tastebud Takeover will have limited space and require registration. Contact Jen Pace Dickenson at 828-894-8721 x 284 or for more information or to sign up for the kids or teen classes.


Submitted by Jen Pace Dickenson