Many of you have been following the journey of the Kids Cooking School since the beginning and know what’s going on, but for those of you that are just learning about me from the Ask Pat 2.0 podcast episode I thought I would share an update.
After I was selected for a coaching call on the Ask Pat 2.0 show – which was an amazing experience that was recorded in December 2018 – I was really committed to the idea of a YouTube channel. But a couple of things happened first, so keep reading and I’ll fill you in.
In the Fall of 2018 I met with many larger nonprofits to try to find a home for the cooking school. As I mentioned in the podcast, I didn’t have any luck finding a home or a partner. It took a few weeks to accept the idea that the cooking school was not going to open somewhere else here in Minnesota. But finally in January I recorded a video that I shared on Facebook telling everyone how hard I tried, but the school was not going to reopen. There was a huge response filled with love and support and I really thought that was it. I started thinking about selling all of our equipment and had a plan in place for a giant flash sale.
That video posted on a Monday, and later that week I received an email from Oak Hill Montessori asking if I was interested in running our summer cooking camps in their school cafeteria. To make a long story short, we had several meetings and I’m thrilled to share that 5 weeks of summer cooking classes will be held at Oak Hill Montessori and registration is currently full. (You can add your name to the Wait List.)
I will be teaching two days each week which allows me to spend part of my week teaching and part of my week with my kids doing fun summer activities. It’s the best of both worlds!
After spending a few weeks getting summer camp worked out, I was also procrastinating on building our YouTube channel. I have a tendency to jump into the deep end and build things really big, really fast and then I’m not capable of sustaining the effort. I promised myself this time I wouldn’t do that. I was going to take baby steps but I didn’t know how to do that, so I did nothing.
Then we had record snowfall in Minnesota in February. On the 6th snow day of the month I was wondering what was I going to do with the kids without us all killing each other. I was lounging in bed at about 7am scrolling through Facebook (since we didn’t have to get up and get ready for school, we were all in front of our screens) and reading the same sentiments coming from a bunch of other moms. No School! For the 6th time this month! Ugh!!!!
And then it hit me! I literally jumped out of bed and posted on my Facebook page asking if anyone wanted an impromptu cooking class later in the morning. I would find something that everyone has in their pantry already. Just jump on facebook and I’ll run a live video. Who’s interested?
Turns out, there were lots of people interested. At least it was my idea of “lots”. Almost 40 families tuned in to our impromptu online class and we made Meringue Cookies together while the snow kept falling outside. It was a blast and what I learned in that moment was a way that I could offer classes online that I both enjoyed and stayed in alignment with my family priorities. I ran a class from my home kitchen and I was able to interact with students who left comments. It wasn’t exactly the same as an in-person class, but it was enough and it appears to be sustainable.
If 40 families will join on a whim for a snow day, how many would come if I built a YouTube following all over the country? I still don’t have an answer to that particular question, but I’m happy to announce that today we have the beginning of a YouTube channel and will be hosting online cooking classes – both free and paid – throughout the summer and on “no school days” during the school year.
I’m immensely grateful to Pat Flynn for his coaching and support. I can’t wait to record an update episode to share my experience with everyone.
If you are here because you learned about us from the AskPat 2.0 podcast, welcome to the family. I can’t wait to meet you on our YouTube Channel and please sign up for a free class and leave a comment to say hello.
Most of all, I’m thankful for my family and friends, my students and their families, for everyone who has stayed with me through all of our iterations of this amazing thing we call The Kids Cooking School.
Stay tuned and see you this summer!