kitchen skills programming and community kitchens to help our community members improve confidence and increase enjoyment in the preparation of nutritious and delicious food


Food skills programs provide people with the knowledge, tools, and confidence to grow, cook, and choose healthy food for themselves and their families. Through hands-on experience and the support of a community, people are empowered to take control of their health and nutrition and make lasting, sustainable changes in their diets. 77% of people surveyed say they’ve made healthy changes to their diets since they started coming to programs.


10am – 12pm

New and expecting parents learn family-friendly recipes and cooking tips along with access to an early childhood educator from Early On Stratford for any parenting questions.

Kid-friendly environment.

Contact Ben at or 519-508-3663 ext 1003

Program generously sponsored by


Session 1
Fridays 5pm – 8pm
Jan 20 – Apr 14

Session 2
Saturdays 10am – 1pm
Jan 21 – Apr 15

A fun and hands-on program for kids aged 10 – 14 to learn how to cook nutritious meals. Participants bring home a batch of what they’ve made to share with their families.

Registration required. Contact Ben at or 519-508-3663 ext 1003

Program generously sponsored by


Summer 2023

All the kids in Stratford are invited to create their own custom pizzas cooked in the Stratford Chefs School’s wood-fired oven in the back garden at The Local!

Program made possibly by the generous support of


These programs bring people together to cook new recipes, try new flavours, and have fun working as a team in the kitchen. Whether it’s our Tuesday night drop-in Community Kitchen family cooking program that encourages parents and children to prepare meals together, or our Newcomer’s Family Community Kitchen that makes dishes from a different country each week, every community kitchen uses healthy food as the key ingredient to learning, building skills, and connecting with others.


3:30 – 6pm

If you’re new to The Local’s programming, this is a perfect introduction to the kitchen facilities and our Kitchen Skills Educator, Ben.
Contact Ben at or 519-508-3663 ext 1003.

Program generously sponsored by

“There’s so much I’ve learned from different programs. Doing something different. Trying foods I’d never tried because I didn’t know how to cook them or what they tasted like.”

A Community Member • The Local CFC, Stratford