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New Event: Emoji Workshop

With the new Emoji Movie opening in cinemas on the 22nd of September 2017, end Heritage weekend on a high note by booking seats for your kids at Cooking Up A Storm’s Emoji Workshop on Monday 25 September. In case you did not know, Heritage Day, aka Braai Day, falls on a Sunday this year.

My team and I will keep kids entertained with an Emoji-themed culinary activity where they will be able to express themselves by way of decorating a variety of cookies and cupcakes in the Emoji theme with buttercream icing, royal icing, sweets, etc.

You are welcome to drop your kid(s) off and go. I am a mom of two primary school kids, so I know that moms sometimes need some me-time! You are also welcome to hang around. I provide tea, coffee, refreshments, etc. for parents on my patio – free of charge. Remember to bring a book or magazine!

Event name: Emoji Workshop
Date: Monday 25 September 2017 (Public Holiday)
Time slots: 10:00 to 13:00 or 14:00 to 17:00
Cost: R250 per person (includes making a variety of Emoji-themed edible items as well as refreshments and a comprehensive recipe booklet)
Venue: Cooking Up A Storm Culinary Experiences, Robindale, Randburg
Age: Kids 6 years and older can attend by themselves (kids under 6 need to be accompanied by an adult)
Booking:  Booking is essential. Please send a booking request to info@cookingupastorm.co.za or 083 408 8802 with the amount of seats you would like to reserve as well as if you want to book for the morning or afternoon session.  Payment required to reserve a seat.

The dictionary describes an emoji as “a small digital image or icon used to express an idea, emotion, etc. in electronic communication.” Can you image a world without emoji’s?

The Emoji Movie is a 3D computer-animated science-fiction comedy based on the emoji symbols. Hidden inside a smartphone, the bustling city of Textopolis is where all your favorite emojis live, hoping to be selected by the phone’s user. Each emoji has only one facial expression, except for Gene, who was born without a filter and is bursting with multiple expressions. Determined to become “normal” like the other emojis, Gene enlists the help of his best friend Hi-5 and a notorious code breaker called Jailbreak. During their travels through the other apps, the three emojis discover a great danger that could threaten their phone’s very existence.

 

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Feedback: One In A Minion Cookie Workshops

During the first week of July, Cooking Up A Storm Culinary Experiences, in partnership with Ster-kinekor Sandton City, entertained kids with a fun and interactive Minion-themed culinary activity at Sandton City.  The kids had a ball!  Click here to see photo’s of this event.  Every child who attended one of the One In a Minion Cookie Workshops, stood a chance to win movie tickets to watch the new Despicable Me 3 movie.  Kids who presented their tickets for the Despicable Me 3 movie when registering for one of the workshops where given vouchers for free popcorn and a soda to enjoy while watching the movie!!!  Thanks again Ster-kinekor Sandton City – these give-aways were BANANAAAAS!

Photo courtesy of Sandton City

 

See the post One In A Minion Cookie Workshop for more details of this event as well as the Despicable Me 3 movie.

 

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One in A Minion Cookie Workshop

I am very excited to announce that Cooking Up A Storm, in partnership with Ster-kinekor Sandton City, will entertain kids with a fun and interactive Minion-themed culinary activity at Sandton City.  Be sure to bring your kids to join in the fun – from a Minion colouring-in competition to give-aways by Ster-kinekor Sandton City.

We can only accommodate 20 kids per session, so booking is recommended to avoid disappointment.  To book, please send  your name and telephone number, the name(s) of the kid(s) you want to book for as well as the date and the session you want to book for to 083 408 8802.

Be sure to purchase movie tickets to watch the new Despicable Me 3 movie at Ster-Kinekor (Sandton City), and then head over to The Mr Price Court lower level to attend the One In A Minion Cookie Workshop between 01 – 05 July between 10am-14:45.pm, daily!

Remember to Follow these simple steps & present your Movie Ticket at the One In A Minion Workshop Registration table when registering for a workshop so that when you go watch DM3, Ster-Kinekor (Sandton City) will give you free popcorn and a soda to enjoy during the movie!!!  These give-aways are BANANAAAAS!

Terms and conditions:
The give-away is only applicable if your child attends the One in A Minion Cookie workshop.  The give-away is only valid for the child/children taking part in the event and not the parents. The movie ticket(s) has to be purchased at Sandton City Ster-Kinekor and your child/children must be registered for a workshop. Movie tickets can be bought before and/or during the workshop, as long as the child/children is/are taking part in the workshop.
Please note: only tickets purchased at Ster-kinekor Sandton City are valid for this give-away.  If your child attends our One In a Minion Cookie Workshop, he/she could stand a chance to win one of two movie tickets to watch Despicable Me 3 with the One in A Minion Cookie Workshop colouring-in competition.  Whilst the children wait for their cookies to set, they will be given a picture to colour in and will be put into a draw that will be done at the end of the session.  There will be two Sandton City Ster-Kinekor movie tickets for Dispicable Me 3 given away per session, through the colouring in competition.  The draw is not based on the best picture coloured in, the draw is just to pick a name to win a ticket to the DM3 movie at Ster-Kinekor Sandton City. Only children whom have not bought tickets to the movie will be allowed to take part in the draw that will be done at the end of each of the workshop sessions.  Only two tickets will be given away per session. These tickets do not include popcorn & a cool drink.

In “Despicable Me 3” Gru and the Minions are back in the third installment of Illumination’s popular franchise.  Following on box office hits “Despicable Me” and “Despicable Me 2”, the story of Gru, Lucy, their adorable daughters – Margo, Edith and Agnes – and of course the Minions, continues.  After he is fired from the Anti-Villain League for failing to take down the latest bad guy, Gru finds himself in the midst of a major identity crisis. But when a mysterious stranger shows up to inform Gru that he has a long-lost twin brother – a brother who desperately wishes to follow in his twin’s despicable footsteps – one former super-villain will rediscover just how good it feels to be bad.

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Easter Workshop – Rosebank Mall

Kids are in for a treat these Easter holidays!  Following on the success of our Easter-themed Culinary Events in March 2016 –  “The Little Baker” event at Rosebank Mall and “The Easter Bunny’s Kitchen” at Clearwater Mall, we are introducing a brand new culinary concept at Rosebank Mall this year:  decorating chocolate Easter eggs!  Be sure to bring your kids – they will get a chance to let those creative juices flow!

Dates:  Saturday 15 & Sunday 16 April 2017

Time:  10:00 to 17:00

Venue:  Rosebank Mall (50 Bath Avenue, Rosebank)

Cost:  Free

Be sure to get your photo taken with the Easter Bunny between 13:00 and 15:00!

Click here for more info on Cooking Up A Storm’s Easter Culinary Workshop For Kids which will take place on Saturday 22 April 2017.

 

See Cooking Up A Storm’s Facebook page for photo’s of holiday workshops for kids held in 2016 (e.g. Gingerbread House Workshop, Dec 2016 and Christmas In July Workshop, Jul 2016) as well as photo’s of Cooking Up A Storm’s popular culinary birthday parties for kids. More info on my popular culinary parties for kids can be found here.

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Easter Culinary Workshop For Kids

Kids are guaranteed to have a lot of creative fun at Cooking Up A Storm’s Easter culinary workshop!

Date:     Saturday 22 April 2017

Time:     10:00 to 12:30 or 14:00 to 16:30 (please specify when you book)

Venue:  Cooking Up A Storm Culinary Experiences (Robindale, Randburg)

Cost:  R250.00 per child

Age:  6 to 18 years (younger kids welcome if mom’s attend with them)

Included:

  • Decorating a variety of Easter-themed sugar cookies (Easter eggs, bunny’s, etc.), and making chiclet lollies (see image below), edible Easter baskets, etc.
  • a comprehensive recipe booklet
  • refreshments
  • a photo of each participant at our brand new Easter-themed photo board!

Booking is essential. Please book before Tuesday 18 April.  Please contact me on 083 408 8802 or via e-mail for more information.  Please note that payment is required to confirm your booking.

Click here for more info on Cooking Up A Storm’s Easter Workshop which will take place at Rosebank Mall on Saturday 15 & Sunday 16 April 2017.

 

See my Facebook page for photo’s of my previous holiday workshops for kids (e.g. my Gingerbread House Workshop, Dec 2016 and my Christmas In July Workshop, Jul 2016) as well as photo’s of culinary birthday parties for kids. More info on my popular culinary parties for kids can be found here.

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Culinary Lessons & Events

Cooking Up A Storm’s culinary lessons and events are very popular.  My culinary services include on-site culinary lessons, i.e. in your own kitchen, for individuals, e.g. domestic workers or yourself.  The lesson content is customised to your family’s lifestyle, i.e. low GI & low fat, low carb and high fat, etc.  In a nutshell, I will teach yourself or your domestic worker to cook food that you like to eat, whether it is traditional “boerekos”, modern variations of it or the cuisines of other countries, e.g. French, Italian, Mexican, Moroccan, Spanish – to name a few.

I also offer culinary parties for kids as well as hands-on culinary sessions for corporate or social groups for team building, special occasions, etc.  Culinary events can also take place at Cooking Up A Storm’s venue in Robindale, Randburg or at a venue of your choice, e.g. a restaurant, club house, etc.

Many of my clients are based in Johannesburg or Pretoria, but I have ventured as far as Sasolburg, Hartebeespoortdam and Warmbaths to do culinary events.  Just let me know where you want me to go!

See my Facebook page for photo’s of my culinary events.  Details of my popular culinary parties for kids can be found here.

Contact me on 083 408 8802 or via e-mail for more information.

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Culinary Events For Kids

During the December school holidays I will be running culinary events for kids at Bedford Centre and Rosebank Mall as well as at my own venue in Robindale, Randburg.  At these events kids will get a chance to get those creative juices flowing and mom’s will get a well-deserved break – a win-win for everyone!  Be sure to book soon to secure your child’s seat!

Details:

Please visit Cooking Up A Storm’s Facebook page for more photo’s of past events.

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Mrs Claus’ Kitchen, Bedford

During the December holidays my team and I will be running my popular Mrs Claus’ Kitchen culinary event for kids at at Bedford Centre in Bedfordview for the 4th consecutive year!  My team and I will once again entertain kids while Moms, nanny’s or grandparents can go for a cup of coffee or do some shopping.  The kids will make a different Christmas-themed treat on each of the 10 days – from reindeer, to snowmen to Christmas trees!   Be sure to pop by – the kids love it!   Click on each of the links to see photo’s of Mrs Claus’ Kitchen 2013 and Mrs Claus’ Kitchen 2014 and Mrs Claus’ Kitchen 2015.

Details:
Venue: Bedford Centre, Bedfordview
Dates: Thursday 15 December to Saturday 24 December 2016
Time slots:  10:00, 11:00, 12:00, 13:00 or 14:00
Duration: 45 minutes
Recommended age: 3 to 12 years
Cost: R30.00 per person
Booking enquiries can be made on 083 408 8802 via sms only from 6 December 2016. When booking, please provide your own name, the date you would like to book for, the time slot and the amount of kids you would like to book for.

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Cookie Workshop, Rosebank Mall

I am very excited to announce that my team and I will be doing our first Festive Season event at Rosebank Mall this year.  Following on the success of the “The Little Baker” Easter event at Rosebank Mall earlier this year, these Cookie Workshops will have more or less the same format.  During December, no-one other than Santa Claus himself will be at our stand!  Be sure to have your photograph taken with Santa Claus between the 19th and the 24th of December (from 10:00 – 13:00 and 14:00 – 17:00).

At our Cookie Workshops kids will get to decorate a different festive-themed edible item on each of the days.   The program includes everything from reindeer to gingerbreadmen and snowmen!   Attending these workshops will be a win-win for everyone seeing that Moms, grandparents or nanny’s can go shopping or go for coffee while we entertain your kids with a culinary activity!  Be sure to pop by – your kids will love you for it!

Details:
Venue: Rosebank Mall, Rosebank
Dates: Thursday 15 December to Saturday 24 December 2016
Time slots:  10:00, 11:00, 12:00, 13:00, 14:00, 15:00 or 16:00
Duration: 45 minutes
Recommended age: 3 to 12 years
Cost: R20.00 per person
Booking enquiries can be made on 060 721 4228 via sms only from 6 December 2016. When booking, please provide your own name, the date you would like to book for, the time slot and the amount of kids you would like to book for.

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Gingerbread House Workshop

We are kicking off the Festive Season on a high note with a Gingerbread House Workshop where each participant will get to decorate their own gingerbread house with a variety of sweets, royal icing, etc.

Be sure to visit Cooking Up A Storm’s Facebook page for information on additional dates for this workshop as well as details of the culinary events for kids we will be doing at Rosebank Mall and Bedford Centre (15 to 24 December).

Dates: Friday 9 December 2016 or Saturday 10 December 2016
Time:  14:30 to 17:00
Duration: 2.5 hours
Recommended age: 8+ unaccompanied; younger than 8 accompanied by an adult
Cost: R275.00 per person (accompanying adults are free of charge)
Booking enquiries can be made on 083 408 8802 via sms or email (info@cookingupastorm.co.za)

Special Offer: Book for your child and his/her friend and only pay R250.00 per child

To book: Contact Jeanri Verster on 083 408 8802 or info@cookingupastorm.co.za to enquire.

Bookings close on Wednesday 7 December. Payment required upfront to confirm your booking.

Gingerbread House Workshops for adults or gingerbread house decorating parties for kids can be booked for a private group on a date and time of your choice at either Cooking Up A Storm’s Venue in Robindale, Randburg or a private house or venue.

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Holiday Culinary Classes For Kids

During the June/July 2016 school holidays Cooking Up A Storm’s popular Holiday Culinary Classes For Kids will take place in Robindale, Randburg. Kids aged 6+ will be entertained with a variety of culinary activities so that mom’s, dad’s, granny’s, nanny’s, etc. get a break too!  And kids will learn a variety of cooking techniques and work with a variety of different ingredients in a fun and informal way.

Last year’s “Christmas In July” themed Holiday Classes was a great success.  The kids made a variety of Christmas-themed items, e.g. Christmas tree cookies, marshmallow snowmen, reindeer cookies, etc.  This year the focus will be on quick and easy snacks and light meals.  They will of course also make some or other kind of a sweet treat!

Dates:  Saturday 25 June and/or Saturday 9 July and/or Saturday 16 July *
Time:  11:00 to 14:00
Age Group:  6+ years
Cost:  R250.00 per child per class
Venue:  Robindale, Randburg (map available on request)
Included:  Preparing a variety of quick & easy recipes, refreshments and a recipe booklet
Booking:  Please book as soon as possible to secure your child’s spot. Please note that payment is required to confirm your booking.  Please contact me for more information.

Holiday special:  Book for your child plus a friend and only pay R225.00 pp! The holiday classes can only take place for a minimum size group of 10 kids, so be sure to tell your friends!

* If the above dates don’t suit you, please contact me for more information regarding organising  a similar class for a private group, i.e. a group of friends from school, nieces & nephews, etc.

More information about my popular “Ek het dit self gemaak!”/I made it myself!” and Masterchef culinary parties for kids can be found here.

Below are photo’s of the “Christmas In July” Holiday Classes For Kids that took place in July 2015.  See my Gallery page for photo’s of past culinary events.

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New: Valentine’s Day Classes

Nothing says “I love you” like a home-made edible gift, so be sure to book for my first ever Valentine’s Day classes where participants will learn to make a variety of Valentine’s Day-themed items – from heart-shaped cupcakes, to cookies, meringues and cake pops. I will also be relaunching my venue in Robindale, Randburg – it is bigger and all-weather!

Please take note of the age range of each of the events when you book.

“Love is …” class 1:
Date:  Friday 5 February or Saturday 6 February 2016
Time:    14:00 to 17:00 (05/02/16) or 10:00 to 13:00 (06/02/16)
Age Group:  9 to 12 years
Cost:  R250.00 per person (book for your child + 1 and only pay R225 per child)
Included: Preparing a variety of age-specific sweet and savoury recipes, refreshments and a recipe booklet

“Love is …” class 2:
Date:  Friday 12 February
Time:    18:00 to 21:00
Age Group:  Adult (book for yourself and a friend and only pay
Cost:  R400.00 per person (book for yourself and a friend and only pay R360 pp)
Included:  Preparing a variety of quick and easy sweet and savoury recipes, a meal and a recipe booklet

“Love is …” class 3:
Date:  Saturday 13 February
Time:  14:00 to 17:00
Age Group:  6 to 14 years
Cost:  R250.00 per person (book for your child + 1 and only pay R225 per child)
Included:  Preparing a variety of age-specific sweet and savoury recipes in the Valentine’s Day theme, refreshments and a recipe booklet

Venue:  Robindale, Randburg (map available with booking confirmation)
Booking:  Please book as soon as possible to secure your spot.  Payment is required to confirm your booking.  Please send a booking enquiry or contact me on 083 408 8802 for more information.

More information about my popular “Ek het dit self gemaak!”/I made it myself!” cooking parties or my MasterChef Cooking parties for kids, can be found here.

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