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Flourish: Children's Winter Cooking Camp

Flourish: A Workshop of Gastronomical Alchemy
Co-facilitated by chef educator Nicole LoBue and Jennifer Wai-Lan Strodl

Over winter break, we will gather in the warmth of The Liberi School to draw out gems of this season and cook together. We will conjure nourishment for one another by attending to what our bellies and bodies crave, searching in our pantry and spice cabinets for what gives comfort, sustenance, healing, and for what is just plain delicious!

Each day we will concoct meals, medicine, and treats to enliven us in the last of these cold winter months. Under the guidance of chef educator and herbalist Nicole LoBue, children will follow and articulate their own slippery intuitions and inclinations in the kitchen, learn cooking methods, explore the subtleties and properties of the food available to us during this season, and identify what ingredients we might turn into elixirs and potions for medicine. We will engage our imaginations, dreaming about what winter eating has looked like historically for Native peoples in our region and around the world in similar climates.

Creating recipes together that transform our basic humble ingredients into food and medicine for our senses and bodies, we will develop our abilities to understand chemical reactions, hone our tastes, describe our sensory experiences--and get so much closer to each other in the process.

February 20-22
Ages 6-12
Cost $250 (Need-based scholarships may be available)
Limited to 12 participants

Advanced registration required
Contact: 518.697.5065


Nicole LoBue is a chef, herbalist, and educator. She credits growing up in a Sicilian family, and their relationship to food, for her own love and passion for food as medicine. She grew up full of mulberries, wild dandelion leaves and onion. This love and passion informs and permeates her practice across fields: over the past twenty years, Nicole's work has linked food, wellness, service and education in various collaborations, organizations, and in her own private practice. She is a co-founder of Kite’s Nest, an alternative learning center for young people in Hudson, NY. She is also the Culinary Arts Director of the Alimentary Kitchen in Hudson, where she facilitates workshops and experiences that offer a supportive environment for children and teenagers to pursue and develop a relationship to herbalism, wellness, self care, food access and food justice. Across her work -- in her herbalism practice, in the kitchen, or in the classroom -- Nicole creates spaces that foster critical inquiry and systems-thinking, connection to plants and to the natural world, and that speak to the intersections between political, personal, and ecological well-being.