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The Pantry in Ballard cooks up community and culinary treats

The parent - kid cooking classes at The Pantry are super popular.

The Pantry is a mecca for budding local chefs — a wildly popular teaching space and community kitchen situated next door to Ballard’s award-winning Delancey pizzeria. The Pantry was opened in 2011 by Delancey’s former executive pastry chef Brandi Henderson, who decided she wanted to get more involved in the community-building side of food, and came up with the idea for a space designed around people cooking and eating together. The Pantry does just that, offering hands-on cooking classes focusing on traditional food crafts and technique, social and productive food swaps, five-course family-style dinners, cookbook club potluck suppers, and more.

A few years back, one of the many talented instructors with wide-ranging culinary backgrounds pitched the idea to run a cooking workshop for kids. It was so successful and so much fun that it’s become a staple of their schedule, and The Pantry now runs three “cooking with kids” classes per month, including such favorites as pizza creations, hand pies and pasta making.

Sign yourself and your mini-chef, age 6 to 12, up for a ticket (each covers one adult and one child) and you’ll learn together how to create magic in the kitchen. Need something to keep your little chefs busy over summer or spring break? The Pantry offers culinary camps for kids; week-long adventures into the word of food, each focusing on a particular region or cuisine. They also team up with local art studio Space To Create, so after a busy morning of learning about the food from a particular area, your kids can spend the afternoon creating art from the same place.

The Pantry’s spring quarter schedule is released this month, so be sure to check their website or join their mailing list as classes fill up quickly (often on the day they’re posted). Good news for all of us aspiring chefs: The Pantry just doubled their premises, expanding to include the building next door, so there’ll be double the capacity, double the classes and double the deliciousness. 


1417 NW 70th St., Seattle. thepantryseattle.com




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