Hockey + Cooking = Recipe for Inspiration


As many of you may know, I teach a class once a week for a non-profit called Common Threads. It’s an amazing organization that works with Chicago public school children from the ages of 8 to 12 years old to teach them cooking skills, nutrition and cultural diversity. Teaching these classes is truly one of the most rewarding experiences of my life and I feel I’ve gained so much from these kids who come from all different backgrounds.

Last fall I was lucky to share this experience with Brett Sterling from the Chicago Wolves. While I’m sure he’s a great hockey player (sorry Brett, I still haven’t seen a game), I can say with absolute certainty that he has a good heart.

Brett visited my class along with others from the Wolves organization last fall, which was so special for the kids. Not only did they love the hats, pennants and posters Brett signed for them, they were so excited to work with him in the kitchen, teach him cooking skills they’ve learned, and ask him all sorts of questions. It was really a special day.

The Wolves also put together this short video of Brett’s Common Threads visit that I just found on their website. It’s a great video that really showcases the spirit of Common Threads and the amazing students I had the privilege of teaching. Take a look – it’s inspiring!

  • Maria posted: 27 Jan at 9:25 am

    Those classes sound so fun. I just started teaching cooking classes to 2 kids in my neighborhood. They are great! Glad you had some extra help in the kitchen-very nice:)

  • Michelle {Brown Eyed Baker} posted: 27 Jan at 9:51 am

    What a wonderful service opportunity! Kudos to you!

    On a side note, I’m a huge hockey fan and it seems as though our local team (Pittsburgh Penguins) does oodles of service and charity work.

  • The Diva on a Diet posted: 27 Jan at 12:11 pm

    How wonderful! I’ve heard of Common Threads and have often thought I’d like to be part of something similar in my own city. You’ve reminded me that I need to get on with researching that!

    Love this post. :)

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