Community Kitchens: Program Details


Open Kitchen

Open Kitchen is a fun, delicious, and healthy drop-in cooking workshop. Participants learn how to cook on a budget, try new recipes and experiment with fresh ingredients. Classes feature cross-cultural cooking, cooking with local doctors, and seasonal cooking.

Classes take place every Wednesday from 11:30 am - 1:30 pm at Rideau Heights Community Centre (85 MacCauley St.). Come by and see what we're making this week!

Please note, Open Kitchen will not be running in August 2019 to allow for Cooking with Families.

Circles Kingston: Building Community Around the Table

Weekly gatherings around meals build community across class lines. Learn food skills and support others experiencing poverty working toward self-sufficiency.


The root of food insecurity is a lack of income, not a lack of food. Loving Spoonful is thrilled to be working in partnership with Kingston Community Health Centres (KCHC) and the City of Kingston to run the proven poverty reduction program Circles®. Poverty reduction program that builds relationships across class lines to empower families and communities to thrive.

Cooking in the Nest

Kingston Indigenous Languages Nest and Loving Spoonful will bring our strengths together in 2019 to create a year of Indigenous language learning for all ages around good food.

Participants will cook together bi-weekly and learn Anishnaabemowin, Mohawk and Cree in a judgement-free space to rebuild language, culture and identity. This includes four seasonal land-based trips that celebrate food.

This program is made possible by the support of the Community Foundation for Kingston & Area

Manly Meals

Manly Meals program is a 5-week men’s cooking group which provides workshops for older men to learn basic healthy cooking skills, build confidence in the kitchen, share experiences, and build relationships around food.

Fall session takes place on Fridays, September 6th to October 4th from 10 am - 12 pm at Rideau Heights Community Centre & Library (85 MacCauley St.). To register call Leslie at 613-507-8848 or email

Thanks to the George Lunan Foundation for funding this program.

Let's Start Cooking!

Let's Start Cooking is a 6-week course for adults with intellectual disabilities beginning to cook.


Each week a small group of participants (6-8 max) are taught different cooking techniques in a step-by-step approach, with lots of hands-on time allocated for each person. Food safety for cooking at home is taught, and tips on budgeting, planning, and shopping for healthy food are shared. Participants take home leftovers or ingredients after workshops, as well as cookware and basic ingredients pantry to enable cooking at home.


Cooking workshops are typically 2 hours in length and run throughout the year as capacity allows. Spaces are limited so if you or a client you work with would like to be involved please contact us to register.

Thanks to the Harry E. Foster Foundation for funding this program.

Take on the World

Loving Spoonful has partnered with the Katarokwi Learning Centre to provide a year of International and Indigenous food workshops to youth at the Katarokwi Learning Centre.


Great cooks from different cultures will combat stereotypes about their cultures while teaching youth how to cook delicious, affordable meals from around the world.  Students will participate in International & Indigenous programs which include field trips to commercial kitchens to learn about working in the food industry or land-based field trips to learn about sweetwater, wild ricing, fishing, etc. based on the skills of the indigenous knowledge holders. All students will learn how to cook healthy, affordable meals, learn about barriers to good food & income, and be invited to join in advocacy to improve social structures.

This program is made possible by the support of the Community Food Centres Canada.

Cooking With Families

We're teaming up with Kingston Frontenac Public Library to offer "Cooking with Families", a 4-week program for parents and young children (aged 3+) to enjoy story time and learn easy, healthy, and affordable recipes and to encourage cooking at home. We'll cook, listen to some stories, and eat together once the food is ready!


Cooking with Families takes place from 11:30 am - 1:30 pm, every Wednesday from August 7th to 28th at Rideau Heights Community Centre (85 MacCauley St.). Spaces are limited so if you or a client you work with would like to be involved please contact to register.

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