I do like the ‘help’ in the kitchen. My guys are pretty expert at mashing bananas and stirring in chocolate chips, but as those with kids in TOw know, having these small sous-chefs at your side means a little extra time and a whole lot of mess.
So I am happy to let my little foodies loose with the pros at Pitchfork Company, a new workshop space on Gerrard St. E in Leslieville that provides practical local food learning experiences for kids and adults.
Toronto east end mom Kim Antonius (you may recognize her from Fairmount Park Farm Market) has gathered a team of talented teachers – resident baker, nutritionist and chef – to offer kids and adult classes that emphasize DIY and from-scratch creations, with a big focus on healthy food.
Their ongoing series Junk Food Redo inspires kids to recreate classics like mac and cheese, pop-tarts, pizza pops and soft-pretzels from scratch. Weekend pastry classes have kids learning good knife skills and mise-en-place. And for teens in TOw, Pitchfork offers a Friday Night Out for Teens where big ‘kids’ can learn invaluable kitchen skills then eat a great dinner together. Keep your eyes out for bread and pasta making for kids and natural soap and soda making for adults.
Pitchfork is launching its first full-week March Break Camp, a DIY Foodie and Craft Camp led by two Toronto moms Kimberly Davidson from Green Blossoms Nutrition and Jessica Hay Watters, a former restauranteur and super crafter. Kids will cut, paste and sew in the workroom and cook a wide range of dishes in the kitchen. Best part – no packed lunch required. The kids will be making their own!
Getting there: Pitchfork is located on Gerrard St. E just east of Greenwood Avenue. Paid street along Gerrard St. and free residential parking in the area (many streets are one-hour.) On TTC, take the 506 Carlton streetcar or 31 Greenwood bus from Greenwood Station along the Bloor-Danforth line.
Low-down: The storefront has a selection of locally made products. The workroom and kitchen hosts ongoing workshops and offers parties or team building sessions. Pitchfork is hosting a pop-up coworking series with RoamWorksTO.
In the hood: For eats, go to Lazy Daisy’s Café (at Coxwell) and Brickyard Grounds (at Greenwood.) Both had little kids’ play areas. For indoor and outdoor play, check out Petite Care, Circus Academy, Greenwood Park and Moncur Park.
The Pitchfork Company – Shop & School
1322 Gerrard Street / firstname.lastname@example.org