We are what we eat! Naturally, the food you eat plays an important role in how you feel. Our programs help you learn how to make sustainable food choices and learn healthy preparation and eating habits.

Back to School Lunch Hero

Looking for back to school meal ideas for your child’s lunchbox? Learn to prepare healthy, cost effective meals that your child will love and take home a serving of what you create! Be a hero when your child opens up his/her lunchbox! Register early as this session will fill up fast.

Cake Decorating Basics

Always wanted to learn how to decorate cakes but don’t know where to start, or are you unhappy with your results? This is the class for you! Ideal for beginners, we will cover details like crumb coats, icing making and consistency, spreading techniques, basic borders and colouring your icing. You’ll take home a six-inch cake that you’ve decorated yourself. Perfect for...

Cake Decorating I

Introduction to Cake Decorating. Become a whiz in the kitchen and make cakes for your friends and family to help celebrate birthdays and other special occasions. We will provide you with a 6-inch cake and you will learn how to fill, stack, crumb coat, and ice it! You will also learn to make icing roses and how to create the very popular drip-cake design! Taught by a professional cake decorator.

Cake Decorating II

Level II Cake decorating, participants are encouraged but not required to take Cake Decorating I first. Delve into fondant work, making your delicious cakes into works of art! We will provide you with a 6-inch cake, and you will provide the enthusiasm and creativity. Learn how to make a giant fondant bow and simple but beautiful flowers. Then, come with your own idea and we will work to bring it...

Chopped YMCA

Our play on the popular TV show - bring some friends and battle it out! You will make an appetizer, entrée, and dessert with the mystery items provided, our judges will pick a winner and you will go home with a certificate and bragging rights! Now is the time to see if you have the CHOPS! Featuring a former Chopped Canada participant as one of our judges! Please let us know of any food...

Collective Kitchen

Join a group that meets once a week to cook for yourself or your family. The group chooses the menu, the facilitator purchases the food and the group creates the meals as a team. Members are asked to bring their own take away containers in order to take the meals home. The facilitator teaches basic nutrition throughout the class as well as basic food preparation skills including food safety....

Cooking with Dad

What better way to celebrate Father’s Day than by spending time cooking with Dad? In this class, you’ll make a delicious and child-friendly three-course meal, with an appetizer, main course, and dessert. You’ll learn basic cooking skills, prepare the meal together, go over the aesthetics of plating and then sit down and enjoy the meal you create!

French Macarons

French Maracrons can be quite tricky to make at home. In our class you will learn how to make basic shell, along with learning the best tips and tricks to have a perfect product every time. We will create 2 different fillings and participants will leave with 1 dozen macarons... and brggin rights.

Get Pickling!

Get pickling at the YMCA! Join us for an afternoonof pickling and canning. Participants will learn tomake 3 different canned goods and will take homeone of each. We will provide the fruits, veggies andjars!

Herb Garden

Don’t have a green thumb? Don’t worry, we will guide you through the basics of how to create your own indoor herb garden. We will provide all the materials you need and discuss some tips and tricks for successful indoor gardening. Then, we will move into the kitchen and show you how to use some of your fresh herbs while creating a delicious meal. Come plant a garden with the YMCA and...

Holiday Baking

Make Holiday Baking fun and easy! Get your holiday baking done as part of an energetic and festive group. Create a variety of favorite holiday baked goods together. Participants will bake three different holiday baked goods and take home a dozen of each variety. Register early, these sessions fill up fast! Adults only (no children please).

Holiday Baking – Family

You've been asling for it and we have heard your message loud and clear! Here is our first family friendly holiday baking expereince! Get holidaybaking out of the way will still including your kids in teh process. The holidays are about family and we extend that sentiment by inviting you to come in with your kids and create three different holiday baked goods which you create from scratch and...

Holiday Baking - Gingerbread House

Gingerbread is the epitome of the holiday season. Bring your kids, or just be a big kid. Come let your creative juices flow! Our instructor will bake fresh gingerbread prior to your class ready for you to assemble and decorate to your hearts content! Each participant or parent child group will leave with their holiday creation.

Kids Can Cook – Parented

This parented program will give preschoolers the opportunity to cook and learn about safe food handling, nutrition and more. Please notify the program if registrant has any food allergies.

Kids Can Cook+

Your child will bring out their inner chef with weekly cooking sessions where kids get to take home what they cook. They will explore food through fun while learning basic cooking skills. Please advise us of any food restrictions or allergies. All are welcome!

Let's Do Brunch

Eggs Benedict, cinnamon buns, fresh fruit salad, quiche, scones, homemade sausage patties, and stuffed potato hash – the possibilities are endless! Join us and learn how to make a selection of delicious brunch favourites.

Lil' Chefs

Children will enjoy preparing and tasting a variety of simple recipes along with stories, crafts and simple kitchen skills.

Make it Vegetarian

Not a big meat eater? Trying to reduce your carbon footprint? Make it Vegetarian will give you great meal concepts that will inspire your meatless dishes. This class includes discussions on protein replacement and nutritional balance in meals. Dishes made in this class will include Veggie Stuffed Quesadillas, Black Bean and Beet Burgers, and Curried Coconut Sweet Potato Soup.

Mason Jar Meals

Looking for different meal ideas? Learn new recipes, meet new people and take home a serving of what you create. Register early, these sessions fill up fast!

Mexican Meals

Do you like your food hot and spicy? This is the class for you! Come out and learn about different types of chili powders, how to make a mouthwatering dish of rice, beans, and ham, and how to make enchiladas, and your own fresh salsa. Is your mouth watering yet?

Pies

Conquer your fear of making pie dough! We will make 3 different types of pies; beautiful Instagram worthy creations, and 1 chilled pie. Every participant will leave with 1 of each pie and be armed with the knowledge and confidence to expereiment with flavours at home.

Spice it Up

Sometimes all you need to add flavor is to add some spice! Come learn about spices from different parts of the world, get ideas for new dinner concepts, and try playing with spices you may not have heard of before. Dishes made in this class will include Chana Masala, Blackened Chicken Sandwiches, and Egyptian Stuffed Flatbread.

Spring Goodies Galore

Make baking fun and easy as part of an energetic group. Create a variety of spring goodies together. Participants will bake five different goodies and take home a dozen of each variety. Register early, these sessions fill up fast!

Stone Fruit Tarts

As we say goodbye to summer, we invite you to make the most of the wonderful juicy stone fruit this season has to offer! We will make 3 different types of tarts, each that celebrate and embrace the flavours of Fall. Each participant will take home 4 x 14 size tart of each type.

Summer Salads

Learn to prepare healthy and cost effective meals that you will love and take home a serving of what you create. Register early, these sessions fill up fast!

The Fundamentals of Pie

Have you always wished that you knew how tomake a mouthwatering pie? Come learn how withour expert instructor. Participants will learn how toprepare two different pies and will take home oneof each!

Y-Chefs Drop-In

A hot, nutritious meal is provided to youth attending evening programs. Y Chefs (formally Supper Club) is designed to help teach healthy eating habits and provide high levels of nutrition following Canada’s Food Guide.