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Queens Catering Company Plans to Offer Culinary Arts Camp for Minority Youths and Teenagers

Learn a Profession and the Importance of Healthy Eating

(June 11, 2020) — COVID-19. Closed beaches. No camp. This could be a difficult summer for youngsters in New York City. Luckily, there’s Cooking With Corey.

The Queens-based catering company has just announced plans for low-cost Culinary Arts sessions for minority youths at the Entrepreneur Space, a commercial kitchen at 36-46 37th St. in Long Island City.

Company co-owner Corey Whittenburg, a professional chef, will teach how to prepare various dishes, while also stressing the importance of healthy eating and the power food has to bring people together. The Jamaica resident will also work on improving speaking skills, enhancing social interaction, increasing vocabulary, and inspiring creative thinking and problem-solving.

Participants will work on planned recipes, but they will also have time to explore with ingredients and create their own dishes.

Ten youngsters will be able to take the classes at the same time in order to comply with New York State social-distancing guidelines. The program is organized into three-week sessions from July 6 to July 24 and again from Aug. 10 to Aug. 28. Children (ages eight to 10) can enroll in the sessions from 8 am to noon, while adolescents (ages 12 to 15) can study from 1 pm to 5 pm. The first two weeks will run from Monday to Thursday, while the final week will extend to Friday.

“It’s going to be a lot of fun, a lot of hands-on activities,” said St. Albans resident Brandi Covington, who co-owns Cooking With Corey. “The kids are really going to enjoy it.”

Tuition is $150 per child for full three weeks. To defray grocery costs, Cooking With Corey is seeking financial donations via a GoFundMe page. (Benefactors can sponsor a camper.) The company is also seeking in-kind donations of such materials as cutting boards and cutlery.

To register, send an email to info@cookingwithcorey.com.

In existence for three years, Cooking With Corey is based in the Entrepreneur Space, a 12,500-sq.-ft. commercial kitchen operated by the Queens Economic Development Corporation. Since its official opening on Jan. 19, 2011, the E-Space, which is supported by the Empire State Development Corporation, has helped more than 600 small businesses, generated more than $8 million in revenue, and created more than 120 jobs. Plus, QEDC offers counseling, technical assistance, and financial classes there.

Cooking With Corey recently participated in Fuel the Frontlines, a joint initiative with QEDC, the Queens Borough President’s Office, and Queens Night Market that sent free, fresh meals to local hospitals during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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