UCLA Teaching Kitchen

The UCLA Teaching Kitchen was developed as an educational, interactive space to meet the needs of the campus community in areas of nutrition education, food insecurity, culinary skills, and community engagement. Programs will range from Medical School students, to faculty and staff wellness programs, to summer camps, to student groups.

Teaching Kitchen Promo (short) Video

Winter 2024 Virtual Single Session Workshops

Meatless Mondays

Whether you’re vegetarian, vegan, or not – eating less animal protein can be great for your health and for the planet! We’re celebrating delicious plant-based recipes with our Meatless Monday series - cook-along with us or simply watch to learn a healthy, affordable, tasty dish! Shopping lists and recipes will be provided in advance so you can follow along in your own kitchens. Each Meatless Monday workshop will be different, sign up for as many as you can to learn even more yummy recipes!

Winter 2024 offerings:
- Monday 1/22/24, 12-1pm
- Monday 2/12/24, 12-1pm
- Monday 3/4/24, 12-1pm

Sips n Snacks Happy Hour

End the day in style with a delicious snack and swanky drink - come hang out with the Teaching Kitchen team and learn some easy, tasty appetizers with accompanying beverages! We love healthy mocktails and all drink recipes will be adjustable and can be made with or without alcohol. Shopping lists and recipes will be provided in advance so you can follow along in your own kitchens. Each Sips n Snacks workshop will be different, sign up for as many as you can to learn even more yummy recipes!

Winter 2024 offerings:
-Tuesday 1/23/24, 5-6pm
-Thursday 2/22/24, 5-6pm
-Tuesday, 3/12/24, 5-6pm

Homemade Pizza Night

Learn to make quick homemade dough and turn your kitchen into a pizzeria! Great for families, couples, or literally anyone who loves pizza – this workshop will teach you all you need to know to make it (mostly) from scratch! Shopping lists and recipes will be provided in advance so you can follow along in your own kitchen!

Winter 2024 offering:
- Friday 2/16/24, 5-6:30pm

Winter 2024 In-Person Single-Session Workshops

Culinary Bootcamp

Learn a delicious, healthy recipe while practicing basic knife skills and important cooking methods. Using either vegetarian or vegan ingredients, participants will create their own flavorful Veggie Quesadilla with Fresh Guacamole! Not only will students gain confidence in fundamental cooking skills, they’ll finish with a tasty homemade meal! Each Culinary Bootcamp workshop will be the same, choose the one that works best for your schedule. Registration for each workshop will open two weeks prior to the scheduled class time, mark your calendars!

Winter 2024 offerings:
-Tuesday 1/16/24, 12-1:30p
-Thursday 2/1/24, 12-1:30p
-Thursday 2/22/24, 12-1:30p

Bread for Beginners

Baking bread is one of the most amazing combinations of art and science, it's an important life-skill, and it's also a hobby that provides great stress-relief! We'll learn recipes and methods to make rustic, healthy, delicious French Bread that each participant will be allowed to take home! Each “Bread for Beginners” offering includes 2 workshops over 2 days: Workshop 1 to make the dough and Workshop 2 to bake the dough. You must be able to attend both days. Each Bread for Beginners workshop will be the same, choose the sessions that works best for your schedule. Registration for each workshop will open two weeks prior to the scheduled class time, mark your calendars!

Winter 2024 offerings:
- Thursday 1/25/24 & Friday 1/26/24, 12-1:30p
- Wednesday 2/7/24 & Thursday 2/8/24, 12-1:30p
-Tuesday 3/5/24 & Wednesday 3/6/24, 12-1:30p

That Plant-Based Life

Cooking Workshop focusing on vegan cuisine. Learn delicious, healthy, affordable recipes that are good for the planet AND our bodies. Whether you live a vegan lifestyle or not, learning versatile ways of using fruits, vegetables, and grains can help you become a more well-rounded cook! In this workshop we’ll learn to make a tasty Chickpea & Cauliflower Masala! Each That Plant-Based Life workshop will be the same, choose the one that works best for your schedule. Registration for each workshop will open two weeks prior to the scheduled class time, mark your calendars!

Winter 2024 offerings:
-Thursday 1/18/24, 12-1:30p
-Tuesday 2/6/24, 4:30-6p
-Thursday 3/7/24, 12-1:30p

Breakfast of Champions

Start your day off right with nutritious and delicious breakfasts that are easy and affordable to make! We’ll learn to make Overnight Oats, Whole Wheat Pumpkin Pancakes, AND Omelets! All recipes can be modified for plant-based lifestyles so all Bruins are welcome to come and learn some delicious fundamental skills! All Breakfast of Champions workshops will be the same, choose the session that works best for your schedule. Registration for each workshop will open two weeks prior to the scheduled class time, mark your calendars!

Winter 2024 offerings:
-Tuesday 1/30/24, 9:30-11a
-Tuesday 2/13/24, 9:30-11a
-Thursday 2/29/24, 9:30-11a

Healthier Baking 101

We all need a treat sometimes, this workshop provides delicious baking recipes made with healthier ingredient swaps so we can enjoy those treats even more! We’ll learn to make rich, fudgy Black Bean Brownies as well as delicious Gingerbread Applesauce Bundt Cake – you’d never know they’re healthier! Each Healthier Baking 101 workshop will be the same, choose the one that works best for your schedule. Registration for each workshop will open two weeks prior to the scheduled class date, mark your calendars!

Winter 2024 offerings:
-Tuesday 1/23/24, 12-1:30p
-Thursday 2/15/24, 4:30-6p
-Wednesday 2/28/24, 12-1:30p

Past In Person and Virtual Workshops

If your club or department would like a specially curated workshop, here are some ideas of workshops we've offered in the past. Reach out to Chef Julia to create something one-of-a kind!

Past Virtual Workshops have included: Baking Swaps

Baking Workshop focusing on recipes that make healthy ingredient swaps! Each week we'll learn how to make a new delicious baked treat while progressively building our knowledge as all-around bakers!

Click here to view our full library of Recorded Teaching Kitchen workshops!

Past Workshops have included: Cold Cooking: More Than Just Salads

Don't get us wrong, salads are amazing, but there are so many more tasty recipes that can be made without a full kitchen! Learn quick, healthy, & delicious recipes that can be made with minimal equipment.

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Past Workshops have included: Around the World

Cooking and Baking workshop focusing on a traditional recipes from different cuisines around the world. Learn pastries from France, noodle dishes from Japan, and many other authentic dishes from various cultures.

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Past In Person Workshops have included: $10/30:00

Under $10 - Less than 30 minutes! In these workshops you'll learn easy, nutritious, and affordable recipes that can be made in a short amount of time. Fast food doesn't have to be unhealthy and healthy food doesn't have to be expensive! We'll learn to make Overnight Oats, Southwest Taco Salad, & One-Skillet Mediterranean Chicken & Rice! (vegan & GF options will be available).

Click here to view our full library of Recorded Teaching Kitchen workshops!

Past Instagram Lives have included: Microwaver Gourmet, Select Fridays 12pm

Easy & delicious recipes made in the microwave and/or cold items that can be made with basic tools like a knife, cutting board, and bowl

Click here to view our UCLA Teaching Kitchen Instagram account!

Contact

For more information about the space and programs, please contact:

Julia Rhoton (jrhoton@recreation.ucla.edu) Culinary Arts Coordinator 

Key Funding Partners

  • UCLA Recreation 
  • Marcie Rothman 
  • Semel Healthy Campus Initiative (HCI) 
  • Community Programs Office (CPO) 
  • Food Studies Minor/College Lowenstein Foundation 
  • David Geffen School of Medicine  
  • State of CA