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‘Comfy in the Kitchen’ courses will run throughout fall/winter season

Aspen, Colorado (August 21, 2013) – The Little Nell is sharing the secrets of warm hospitality and delicious food with Aspen’s next generation by partnering with chef/cookbook author Helen DeFrance to teach kids basic cooking skills. 

Comfy in the Kitchen is a series of cooking classes this fall/winter for children age 4 and up. 

“Each class will feature lessons on how to create both savory and sweet items,” said DeFrance, who helps guide kids on the importance of a balanced meal as she also trains them how to properly use cooking tools and stir up something new each class. “It’s all about being comfortable in the kitchen. Kids will learn to follow recipes, measure, mix and chop, and they will bring home fun and delicious recipes the whole family will love.”

DeFrance will be joined by special guests from The Little Nell kitchen, including Pastry Chef Danielle Riesz and Executive Chef Robert McCormick.   

Classes will be held at The Little Nell from 3:45-5 p.m. on September 18, October 9, November 20 and December 18. Each class will feature a different theme.  

Cost is $30 per class. Space is limited and is open to all. Two spots per class will be donated to participants of The Buddy Program. Interested individuals should contact Nancy Brown to reserve their spot at 970-920-6319 or nbrown@thelittlenell.com. Gift certificates are also available.  

Classes held over the summer months were extremely popular and included lessons on creating picnic favorites, back-to-school snacks and more. Parents were invited to join after the class to sample their children’s creations.

About Helen DeFrance

Helen was born and raised in Jackson, MS. The fourth child in a family of six children, she learned the basics of cooking as a child from her grandmother.

Helen is a graduate of Mississippi State University and a Master’s Degree of Education at Pepperdine University. Helen credits her dynamic, hands-on approach to cooking with kids in part to her education background, where her emphasis was on Montessori training, a method of teaching based on hands-on, experiential learning. Helen understands the importance of engaging children in the learning process and brings this concept into the kitchen. Her cooking classes not only involve children in every aspect of planning the family meal, but also teach them the source of the ingredients and the steps it takes to make a successful meal. 

She combined her two loves, teaching and cooking, and developed a curriculum for kids called “Thyme to Cook!” She has been teaching children’s cooking classes for ten years and discovering and encouraging mini chefs in the making, including creating and running the “Kitchen Full of Kids” program at the acclaimed Blackberry Farm in Tennessee. She is the author of two cookbooks At Home Café: Gatherings for Family and Friends and  At Home Café: Great Food and Fun for Everyone.  Her unique approach to cooking with children has been featured on the “Martha” show, on which she cooked with host Martha Stewart, and has been featured in Southern Living, Mississippi Magazine, and Delta Magazine

Helen resides in Aspen, CO. 

About The Little Nell

Cosmopolitan yet intimate, contemporary yet timeless, The Little Nell invites guests to experience Aspen’s only ski-in/ski out legendary hotel and the newly opened element 47 restaurant. For more information, and for reservations, call 888-The-Nell (888-843-6355) or visit www.thelittlenell.com

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