Kitchen Programs

The Shelbourne Community Kitchen offers a wide variety of cooking programs designed to meet the unique interests of our members. Whether you are a single parent, student or a senior living alone, we have a cooking program that will be a fun and helpful resource for you!

All of our Kitchen programs are a great opportunities for members to:

  • increase access to fresh, healthy food
  • socialize and share meals in community
  • practice food skills and develop confidence in the kitchen
  • share skills, recipes and experiences in a collaborative and fun group

You must be a registered member of the Shelbourne Community Kitchen in order to sign up for cooking programs. Please contact us for more details.

All classes are volunteer run. The schedule is subject to change based on availability.


 Casual Kitchens

Our Casual Kitchens are great for people who prefer smaller class sizes and have afternoon availability. Session are 2-3 hours long and are scattered throughout the week.

Kitchen Basics – Mondays 1:00pm-3:00pm (no classes on stat holidays)

This is an excellent cooking program for members who are learning how to cook for themselves for the very first time. With one-on-one mentors, classes are designed to meet each individual’s expressed priorities and interests. Kitchen Basics can increase confidence in the kitchen and get you cooking!

Take Home Meals -Tuesdays 1:00pm-4:00pm

Prepare everything from hearty stews to kid-friendly casseroles and take home dinners for the week.

Get Baking -Wednesdays 1:30pm-3:00pm

Take the stress out of baking in this excellent class offered by a pastry chef. Stock up on everything from inexpensive energy balls to homemade granola and healthy breakfast baking.


Preservation and Canning Sessions                            

Large preservation classes are held 1 x month with multiple smaller sessions running on a weekly basis from July to December.

In harmony with our weekly Fruit Picking Team with LifeCycles Project Society, our Preservation and Canning sessions are opportunities for members to learn about the basics of hot-water bath canning, freezing and drying while creating delicious products for themselves and their families. Groups are led by experienced home canners with Foodsafe level 1, and groups practice safe canning methods at all times. Classes have access to food dehydrators, canners, food mills, cider press, and small juicers.


Guys Night  

1-2 sessions per month. Tuesdays 4pm-7pm. A fun and easy going cooking night, just for the guys. Whether you are learning to cook for the first time or are at home in the kitchen, this program works for everyone. We prepare and share simple meals together, socialize and take leftovers home.


Easy Meals    

A six week class, with groups meetings on Thursdays from 3:30pm-6:30pm. This program begins with a planning session to decide on what the group would like to focus their time on. Meals, lessons and resources are developed to meet the unique skills and interests of each group. Learn techniques that can help you make the most of a limited food budget. Learn to prepare meals that are most helpful for you and share meals in community.


Family Roots                                   Seasonal Summer Program


Family Roots is a new cooking and gardening program for anyone who is a caregiver with children who are between the ages of 9 and 17. Develop your food skills and have some fun as you and your family collaborate as a team, learning and sharing new skills as we cook, grow and connect with food and community! Take home meals, snacks, resources, gardening supplies and inspiration abound. This seasonal program runs 1 x week during the summer months.


Food Skills Connection

The Kitchen is proud to be a founding member of the Food Skill Connection (FSC), a community collaboration between the UVSS Food Bank & Free Store, Shelbourne Community Kitchen, Community Living Victoria, and Community Cabbage, working together to develop and implement a sustainable food literacy workshop program.

The FSC offers programs once a month, with details and registration available through their website: https://foodskillsconnection.wordpress.com/