It’s back to school season, and even as an adult I love the anticipation of new adventures in the fall. This year I’m thrilled to be part of a great new adventure in St. Louis – the Operation Food Search School of Cooking and Sharing! The Little Flour mission has always been to help people feed themselves and others well, encouraging people to bake and share with their friends and neighbors. The bakery’s capacity to sell Flour Basket subscriptions has always been limited by the space and time required to produce naturally leavened breads, but almost every time I deliver a basket the recipient takes a bite of fresh bread and says “I wish I could do that.” My response, “You can!” So many people think they don’t have time. Others had a disaster with yeast years ago and have been afraid to try again. Some have read complicated recipes and think it’s just too hard or requires too many fancy tools and ingredients. I love proving them wrong. Over the past two years, I have come to love teaching people to bake and share their own special loaves. Flour. Water. Salt. Yeast. A little bit of time and love and you have a loaf of bread. The more people I taught, the more I wanted to teach.
I just needed a teaching kitchen. Enter the Operation Food Search School of Cooking and Sharing.
I’m thrilled to be part of the team of volunteer chefs teaching in the OFS kitchen this fall. The School of Cooking and Sharing is a philanthropic cooking school designed to help our entire community eat well. We want everyone to enjoy cooking delicious and nutritious foods including the naturally leavened breads, whole grain pizza crusts, and family friendly quick breads that Little Flour has always been about. And we want to fund the programs that make sure everyone has access to the healthy ingredients they need to make it happen. Paula Gray from King Arthur Flour’s Bake for Good Program spent time with us in September showing us what it really means to bake for good as an organization. She left us with a lot of great flour (our house favorite is King Arthur’s White Whole Wheat) and a lot of great inspiration. In this teaching kitchen, sharing is an essential part of baking. Every class we teach at the school funds a nutrition education program for hungry kids in our community.
It’s the teaching kitchen I’ve always dreamed about. So this is where you will find my baking classes this fall. But if you check the schedule you’ll find so much more! We have classes with local “celebrity chefs” who are donating their time and talent to help end childhood hunger in St. Louis. We have cookbook authors and local sommeliers lending their talents. There’s something for everyone. And as a leader in nutrition education in St. Louis, Operation Food Search recognizes that everyone in our community benefits when everyone eats well.
Join us as we continue to Bake for Good throughout the school year!