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Feeding South Florida: To Host Cooking Classes This September During Hunger Action Month

September 7, 2023

Feeding South Florida – the Leading Hunger-Relief Organization in South Florida – is hosting a series of cooking classes in its one-of-a-kind Community Kitchen this September during Hunger Action Month. During each class, participants will have the opportunity to gain hands-on culinary experience with Feeding South Florida’s Director of Culinary Services Susan Taves and take their creations home to enjoy. Prior culinary experience is not required.

Hunger Action Month takes place throughout September and is designed to raise awareness about the issue of hunger in South Florida and inspire others to take action toward ending it. Throughout the month, Feeding South Florida will offer a range of events and activities to encourage South Florida residents to “GO ORANGE” and engage in various hunger-relief efforts. Activities can be found on: for Hunger Action Month.

A portion of the proceeds support Feeding South Florida’s mission to end hunger in South Florida by providing immediate access to nutritious food, leading hunger and poverty advocacy efforts and transforming lives through innovative programming and education.

In 2020, Feeding South Florida unveiled its State-Of-The-Art, 5,000-Square-Foot Community Kitchen. Although the Kitchen is located in Palm Beach County, it provides 85,000 meals to people in the four counties that Feeding South Florida serves (Palm Beach, Broward, Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties). The Multi-Purpose Community Kitchen serves as a meal production site, culinary training program, social enterprise catering, incubator space for graduates of the program, and healthy cooking classes. The Kitchen advances Feeding South Florida’s mission of ending hunger in South Florida by serving up to 20,200 meals per day for children’s After-School and Summer Programs, meals for older adults and medically tailored meals. The Kitchen also provides critical meals during disaster response.

September Cooking Classes:

Pad Thai | Tuesday, September 12th, 2023 - 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
The culinary landscape of Thailand is as diverse as its terrain. Using traditional Chinese and Indian ingredients in typical Thai ways, the cuisine focuses heavily on vegetables and small portions of fish and meat. Participants will learn how to prepare Pad Thai featuring vegetables and Shrimp or Tofu.
Cost: $60 Per Person

Intro to Knife Skills | Saturday, September 23rd, 2023 - 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Feeding South Florida invites the community to learn the fundamentals between a butter knife and a boning knife. In Feeding South Florida’s Community Kitchen, participants will improve their knife skills and learn how to be more efficient by practicing basic cuts using vegetables. Then the vegetables will be used to make a stir fry for lunch.
Cost: $55 Per Person

French Patisserie | Tuesday, September 26th 2023, 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Feeding South Florida invites the community to learn how to make Pate A Choux, the delicious pastry used for Cream Puffs and Eclairs. Participants will make Crème Pâtissier (pastry cream) and fill their own pastry puffs while learning the history of this versatile pastry, and ways to use it for savory dishes.
Cost: $55 Per Person

The Instructor
Susan Taves is the Director of Culinary Services for Feeding South Florida®. Chef Taves owned a boutique catering company for many years before moving to ISS at Google in Austin, Texas, for almost four years, as an executive chef. She has a wide breadth of experience including fine dining, event catering, prepared meal delivery, cookbook editing, teaching and designing culinary curricula. Chef Taves has consulted for Sandals Resorts, and she worked closely with a doctor providing meals that adhered to strict dietary constraints. Chef Taves also taught in several culinary programs, both accredited and continuing education. Trained in both savory and pastry she also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature and a Master of Science Degree in Hospitality Management, with a focus on Food Waste Solutions. Her position as Director of Culinary for Feeding South Florida is a culmination of her industry experience.

September Cooking Classes will take place at The Feeding South Florida Community Kitchen. For more information, visit: Or call: (954) 518-1818. Or to Register go to:

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