Touring the World Through Cooking & Culture


For grades 7-8

T.A. Option for grades 9 - 10



Course Description:

Food is much more than a means of survival.  It is a source of pleasure, comfort and security.  It is a symbol of hospitality, a marker of social status, a bearer of religious or spiritual significance.  When we share food with people, we are sharing our story, our experience, our ancestry.  In this class, we will explore the cultural aspects of food.  We will share recipes which represent important aspects of our family histories.  Experienced chefs will teach us cooking skills, and we will work together to prepare and enjoy meals from a variety of cultural traditions.  We will visit ethnic restaurants in order to sample their foods and learn more about their customs.  Following our restaurant visits, students will write reviews which describe their opinions of the ambience, service and cuisine.  We will learn about nutrition and the role food plays in a healthy and happy lifestyle.  Throughout our two weeks together, we will assemble a book of recipes, stories and pictures which will document our culinary experiences.

For our culminating project, students will work in groups to develop a menu, purchase ingredients, and prepare and serve an entire meal.  Bon appetit!

There are two positions open to students in grades 9 and 10 who have prior experience (either through this course or other training). Teaching assistants will get to refine their cooking skills, help plan lessons, and lead groups of students in activities.



Schedule and detailed information is available to students and their families via Oakwood Connected.


Emergency & Faculty Contact information:

Since this course will venture off campus, please be sure that your emergency contact information is accurate in our school database.  If you have any questions regarding this, please contact Tree Corbett in the front office (818-732-3000).

In the event of an emergency, you can contact us at the following numbers.  We will have direct access to all travel groups.

During school hours: Call Tree at (818) 732-3000 or Phu Tranchi at (818) 732-3195.

Peter Wingerd:

Chris Payne: