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Shop Whole Foods to Support Local Group 

Grab your grocery bags May 10, 2016, and head into Ann Arbor to support Chelsea

Community Kitchen. CCK is proud to have been selected to benefit from one of the Washtenaw Ave. Whole Foods 5% Community Support Days.
Five percent of all profits from the entire day of sales go to the featured non-profit group. CCK will be at the store that day with information about programs and how the organization serves the community.
The store, located at 3135 Washtenaw Ave in Ann Arbor is open 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Map and directions here.

“We’re excited to be included,” said Debi Weiker, Development Coordinator of the CCK Board of Directors. “As a small but growing organization, this will allow us to fund new programs supporting healthy food and local producers.” CCK offers unique cooking programs for all, healthy eating and nutrition programs for seniors and youth, and food safety and technique courses for food business owners, often featuring local food businesses. Expanding youth cooking and nutrition programming has been a priority, along with finding ways to provide support to local food entrepreneurs.

Chelsea Community Kitchen is an active participant in the Chelsea Friends and Family Wellness Coalition (part of 5 Healthy Towns Foundation) and partners with many groups in the area to offer programming. Recent collaborations have been with the Michigan Friends Center and work is underway for summer programs in conjunction with the Chelsea Senior Center and Faith in Action. CCK also supports the Chelsea Farmers Market and Bushel Basket Farmer Market.

Chelsea Community Kitchen is a Michigan public benefit organization offering nutrition education and support to local residents, as well as kitchen rentals and other resources for budding food entrepreneurs. Chelsea Community Kitchen is devoted to creating a healthy, local, and sustainable food culture through classroom and real-world education. Check out the event calendar on for future classes and food-related events.



Knife Skills Make Everything Easier in the kitchen

The right knife and a little practice can take a lot of frustration out of cooking, especially if you’re new to the kitchen.

Join Chelsea Community Kitchen for an Expert Knife Skills class Thursday, May 5, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the kitchen of the First United Methodist Church at 128 Park St, Chelsea MI. The class fee is $50 and class size is limited to allow for hands-on experience.

The knife is a cook’s most important tool. Learn how to buy one, how to care for it, and, most importantly, how to use it properly to make cooking easy and enjoyable!

“This is a basic class for people who don’t have a lot of cooking experience,” says Liza Baker, a chef and integrative nutrition health coach who teaches the Expert Knife Skills class.

“A good knife really makes a difference in the kitchen,” she adds. “A lot of people think they don’t like to cook because they’re using the wrong knives for the job or the knives aren’t sharp enough.”

Students learn how to select the right knives for them and learn how to sharpen and care for them. They’ll also learn some basic cutting techniques and get an opportunity to practice on a variety of vegetables for a stew cooked (and sampled!) in class.

Instructor Liza Baker has a culinary arts degree from the Cooking and Hospitality Institute of Chicago (now part of Le Cordon Bleu) and a certificate in integrative nutrition health coaching. She has worked as private chef and a caterer and teaches basic cooking skills at Simply: Health Coaching and at Knights Family Kitchen in Ann Arbor. Her cookbook Fl!p Your K!tchen will be released in October 2016.

Chelsea Community Kitchen is a non-profit organization that provides classroom and real-world education to consumers and food-business entrepreneurs.

To register for the Expert Knife Skills class, visit or email


For Immediate Release: 11/6/2015

Healthier Holiday Eating with Chelsea Community Kitchen

Chelsea, MI: As 2015 comes to a close and Michiganders prepare for holiday gatherings, many have one thing on their minds: food.  Expand your baking repertoire by attending Healthy Holiday Baking – Vegan Style on December 9, 2015, from 7:00pm-8:30 pm at 128 Park St., Chelsea, MI, sponsored by Chelsea Community Kitchen.  The course fee is $15, and registration is available at

Casseroles, eggnog, and rich desserts have always been a staple of the colder months, but the combination of comfort food and good company is often a recipe for overeating. In fact, a study by Georgia State University’s Psychology Department found that a person’s food consumption increased by 33% if they dined with one other person, and up to 96% if they had seven dining companions! With holiday-themed celebrations around every corner, this is bad news for those of us trying to dodge the seasonal belly bulge without avoiding festivities altogether.

So if the odds are stacked in favor of the food table, how can we indulge without increasing our pant size? Chelsea Community Kitchen has one idea, and it involves swapping calorie-laden desserts for healthy-yet-delicious alternatives. The Kitchen has enlisted the help of Certified Personal Chef and Vegan Lifestyle Coach Vicki Brett-Gach, who will teach locals how to make three of her holiday favorites: Baked Cranberry, Apple and Pear Crumble; Chocolate Peanut Butter Button Cookies; and Mini Pumpkin Cupcakes with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting.

Ms. Gach’s creations are big on flavor, but better for your waistline, as they are made without using any butter, milk or eggs. She will also be discussing the difference between vegan and vegetarian baking, and addressing questions about making healthier food choices. This December course is one of Chelsea Community Kitchen’s periodic educational offerings focused on healthy eating and local food. This will be a demonstration with lots of sampling!

Chelsea Community Kitchen is a Michigan public benefit organization offering nutrition education and support to local residents, as well as kitchen rentals and other resources for budding food entrepreneurs. Check out the event calendar on for future classes and food-related events.   


Support CCK on May 10

Chelsea Community Kitchen features blog posts about local food topics featuring local sources for those in Western Washtenaw County.  Guest writers are encourage to contact us at for info about submitting a potential post.

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Chelsea Community and Friends,
As you hopefully have heard, either from our announcements or from a friend or neighbor, Chelsea Community Kitchen will be the featured organization on May 10 by Whole Foods Market. We received word just a few days ago, that both of the Ann Arbor stores will recognize us for their Community Giving program. So please shop at 3135 Washtenaw Ave or 990 W. Eisenhower Parkway locations.

CCK is proud to be recognized by Whole Foods for having programs that benefit our community and their team members want to support. The Community Giving program, also known at “5% Days,” takes five percent of the designated days’ net sales and donates it to a nonprofit or educational organization that has been selected as one of the year’s community recipients. Quoting from their website, “Each of our stores has a lot of latitude in deciding the best way to operate that individual store to meet the needs of the local community. That makes community giving really special and fun.”

So why does Whole Foods do this?

Whole Foods‘ mission is to bring healthy wholesome foods to the communities where they are located, almost as a civic responsibility. But it goes beyond that. They are committed to contributing to the “better good” of people, community and the planet. One of the ways they accomplish this is to reach out to the community and provide support for causes that align with their core values. Two of their eight core values, are: to serve and support our local and global communities and to promote the health of our stakeholders through healthy eating education. “Our team members are part of the local community and they are passionate about supporting the local causes that are important to our shoppers and neighbors.”

The CCK has several programs that will benefit from this generous donation. Our youth programming, which began 4 years ago as a summer cooking camp for elementary children, has grown to include an after-school cooking and nutrition program and CCK will pilot a middle school summer camp this July. We hope to grow these programs into year-round offerings for a wider age range. CCK also provides healthy cooking and local food programs for seniors, low income, and other community members, often in partnerships with other community groups. And we seek to make people more aware of food issues with programs like the recent “Hungry for Change” series and last year’s “Growing Local” film screening.

So please consider supporting the CCK by shopping at the Whole Foods Market on May 10, 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., and make that day a great success for our organization and our community.

Debi Weiker, Board of Directors, Development Coordinator

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CCK Seeks Asst Teacher for Summer Kids Programs

Chelsea Community Kitchen is seeking an Assistant Teacher for their summer Kids Cooking programs in the Chelsea, MI area. Chelsea Community Kitchen (CCK) is a non-profit focused on a vision of a community where enthusiasm for local food helps people, the environment, and the economy thrive. Programs in the Western Washtenaw area focus on educating consumers about eating local and healthy, providing access to education and counseling support for people who want to start or grow a food-based business, and connecting food entrepreneurs, educators, and local food enthusiasts with kitchens they can rent. We offer Kids Cooking programming to grades 1-3, 4-6, and 7-9 in different formats.

Position Summary: Assistant Teacher will work with Lead Teacher to plan and implement the daily activities for two program formats: Summer Cooking Camp for grades 1-3 and grades 4-6 and Summer Chef’s Club for grades 7-9. This is a contractual, one-month position of up to 80 hours to begin July 1, 2016 (most hours required July 18-27). Position may be filled by more than one person. View our website ( for details about the program dates and times.

How to Apply: Submit cover letter and resume (including references) by May 1, 2016, to chelseacommunitykitchen or mail to Chelsea Community Kitchen, P.O. Box 534, Chelsea, MI 48118.

Location: Chelsea, MI
Salary: $10-20 per hour, depending on experience
Benefits: none, contract position
Employment Type: Varies by week
Description: Assistant Teacher
Reports to: Board of Directors
• Consult with lead teacher for orientation
• Aid in obtaining and preparing materials and equipment prior to classes
• Be on-site day of classes at least 1 hour before the start and stay up to 1 hour after end to assist with daily set-up and clean-up
• Plan and coordinate daily activities, under guidance of lead teacher
• Work directly with lead teacher, community partners, and volunteers to achieve goals
• Guide and assist children through hands-on cooking process, as needed
• Teach a portion of each day’s lessons to small groups of children
Qualifications and Skills Needed:
• Successful completion of third year of Bachelors degree from accredited college or university in culinary arts, nutrition, elementary education, home economics, or similar field OR demonstrated experience equivalent to this level of education.
• Experience in teaching cooking highly desirable
• Experience working with children of a variety of ages highly desirable
• Solid verbal and written communication skills, including the ability to demonstrate steps in a process to a variety of age levels
• Demonstrated ability to work independently and a proven record of working collaboratively with others

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Savor: A CCK Event Featuring a Local Wine & Food Tour

October 12, 2011, Chelsea, MI. Chelsea Community Kitchen, a local non-profit devoted to creating a healthy, local, and sustainable food culture through classroom and real-world education, is offering wine, food and a chance to enjoy them with friends.

Savor: a CCK event featuring a Local Wine & Food Tour in the Waterloo State Recreation Area is scheduled for Saturday, November 19, 2011. Proceeds will support the work of Chelsea Community Kitchen.

Only 36 spaces are available on this insiders’ tour of Sandhill Crane Vineyard, Lone Oak Vineyard Estate, and Mill Pond Bread featuring their appetizers paired Cherry Creek wines.

Chelsea Community Kitchen will provide tour transportation from a central location in Chelsea in vans with a designated driver. There is also a drive your own vehicle option.

Tickets for the Basic Tour are $100 per person. The Tour Plus, $150 per person includes the choice of an autographed copy of From the Vine or The History of Michigan Wine.

To purchase tickets, visit the Chelsea Community Kitchen’s web site: and click the Savor link on the home page for online and US mail options.

“These three local business are perfect examples of the local food gems we have in our community. The Savor event gives us all an opportunity to get a behind-the-scenes glimpse into true artisan production,”    Chelsea Community Kitchen Board member Jane Pacheco whose experience inspired the tour.

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Local Shared Kitchens In Use This Summer For Preserving & Canning Classes


July 7, 2011, Chelsea, Michigan. Chelsea resident and preserving and canning enthusiast Terry Peyton is using kitchens made available through Chelsea Community Kitchen to offer a unique opportunity for Chelsea residents and visitors to the community to learn home canning skills. Classes are scheduled for Thursday evenings:
July 28, 6:30 – 8:00 PM, Blue Ribbon Raspberry Jelly
July 28, 8:00 – 9:30 PM, Putting the Pickle in the jar
Aug. 18, 6:30 – 8:30 PM, Corn
Sept.15, 6:30 – 8:30 PM, Tomatoes
Sept. 29, 6:30 – 8:30 PM, The Everlasting Pepper
The fee for each class is $20 per person to cover the cost of instruction, kitchen rental and supplies. Class size is limited to 8 students.

When Terry asked us about renting our kitchens, she told us “I feel the skill of home canning is one that any family, any income, any size can utilize as much or as little as they like to preserve the bounty of summer and enjoy it through the winter months in Michigan!” Her enthusiasm for teaching these skills impressed us.

Terry’s commitment to using local produce did, too. She said “When at all possible, I buy the raspberries, tomatoes, corn, peas, beans, cucumbers, peppers and blueberries I need from the local Farmers Market vendors in Chelsea, Dexter and Ann Arbor.”

In the past, Terry Peyton has made presentations locally at The Woman’s Health Center, St Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor, and has helped members of St. Paul United Church of Christ in Chelsea prepare entries for the Chelsea Community Fair. She’s won ribbons for her Fair entries.

Terry is working with HK Leonard at Chelsea Farmers Supply to identify people who are interested in taking one or more of the classes she’s offering. Just stop by or call to sign-up for a class. Or, if it’s handier, anyone who’s interested can visit the Chelsea Community Kitchen web site ( and sign-up through the “Contact Us” page.

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