(Left to right) Jayden, Tere Muniz, Rickkeria and Enrique prepare fresh salad during a private cooking class for Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Lucie County.
Photo credit: Tracey Benson Photography
Six teens, all Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Lucie County members, cooked up a storm at the Riverland Arts and Culture Center in Port St. Lucie.
Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Lucie selected students with a keen culinary interest to work side-by-side with professional Chef Mike Febre of True Roots Catering. GL Homes organized the interactive, private cooking class in its state-of-the art kitchen and cooking classroom at Riverland.
From proper handwashing to the correct temperature to cook poultry, students learned the secrets and shortcuts to cooking a perfect, well-balanced and tasty meal. The teens cooked and cleaned, baked and boiled, sliced and diced. On the menu was perfectly seared and seasoned chicken breast with freshly sliced parmesan cheese, green beans al dente, colorful garden salad with a homemade lemon zest vinaigrette and lemon-parsley long grain rice.
Joining the fun were Boys & Girls Clubs CEO Will Armstead, Valencia Grove homeowners Jack Barrett and Andy Ormont, along with GL Homes Lifestyle Director Tere Muniz and VP/Project Managers Charlie Saenz and Troy DiNicola.
Before leaving class, Chef Mike provided written recipes so the young, aspiring chefs can replicate these dishes at home. To top it off, GL Homes presented each student with an extensive cooking set: mixing bowls, measuring cups and spoons, whisks, spatulas, three-set baking trays, cutting boards, kitchen towels and oven mitts.