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

Aspen, Colorado (January 3, 2014) – Due to popular demand and avid participation, The Little Nell is extending its kids’ cooking classes throughout the winter/spring season. The hotel has been sharing the secrets of warm hospitality and delicious food with Aspen’s next generation by partnering with chef and cookbook author Helen DeFrance. 

Classes were offered throughout the summer/fall/early winter for children ages 4 and up. The winter/spring session will be held at The Little Nell from 3:45-5 p.m. on Jan. 20, Feb. 10, March 17 and April 14. Each class will feature a different theme, like Valentine’s Day and Easter.

“Each class features 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. “It’s all about being comfortable in the kitchen. Kids learn to follow recipes, measure, mix and chop, and they bring home fun and delicious recipes.”

Cost is $30 per class. Space is limited and is open to all. Two spots per class are donated to participants of The Buddy Program, a youth mentoring program in Aspen. 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/early winter months included lessons on creating picnic favorites, back-to-school snacks, Halloween savory treats, Christmas sweets and more. Parents are 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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