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The Teaching Kitchen

Free Culinary Classes Taught in 2017

Patients and Staff Participated in 2017

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Welcome to The Teaching Kitchen at BMC!

This unique space allows the Boston Medical Center community to come in and view first-hand how to prepare the foods that they love in a manner that coincides with a healthy lifestyle. Simple, cost-effective recipes are taught while disease and condition specific nutrition education is available for weight management, diabetics, cardiac rehab patients, cancer survivors, classes for pediatric patients and their families, among others, are also available. Participants can actually smell and taste the food while learning beneficial nutrition practices. To our knowledge, this is the only facility in the nation that utilizes a teaching kitchen to promote nutrition to patients on hospital grounds.

The Teaching Kitchen

Patients can come to The Teaching Kitchen and learn how to cook healthy meals as well as how to utilize the foods that come from the Preventive Food Pantry. In fact, the bulk of the food used in The Teaching Kitchen comes directly from the Food Pantry.

Each class begins with a nutrition education piece for the specific patient group. Then two to three recipes that go along with the nutrition lesson are taught and tasted. Participants have the chance to assist in the preparation and engage in the topic discussion. Recipes are always made available.

To attend a class patients do not need a referral, unless specified on the calendar. However, space is limited so please either call The Teaching Kitchen or let your provider know that you would like to attend a class.

To attend a class you must be a BMC patient or staff member. Please check the class schedules and then call to reserve a spot as space is limited. If the City of Boston declares a "Weather Emergency" classes will be canceled and rescheduled if possible. Call Tracey Burg, Registered Dietitian and Chef, at 617-414-3840 with any questions concerning in the BMC Teaching Kitchen.



Breads and Quick Breads

Chicken and Turkey



Dressings and Condiments



Grains, Rice, and Pasta

Microwave Recipes

Nuts and Seeds





Soups and Stews




Bariatric Weight Loss

4 for $10 (Prepare a Meal for a Family of Four for Only $10)



Class Descriptions and Flyers

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Lunchtime Demos

Stop by during a lunch or dinner break for a quick, 25-minute informative nutrition lecture and food demonstration.

a variety of vegetables

4 for $10

Healthy cooking class for people on a budget. Learn how to prepare a meal for a family of four for only $10. Easy, quick and inexpensive!

a person stir frying

Cooking Skills 101

Whether you are a novice or proficient cook this class teaches basic skills that will help you navigate the kitchen with ease and speed. From the prefect diced onion to homemade pasta, you can build the confidence to make anything!

3 chefs standing in a kitchen

Guest Programming

Each month the Demo Kitchen will open its glass wall to invite guest chefs, and food enthusiasts to present a culinary demonstration.

chef helping a child cook

Family Fun with Food

Bring the kids to the Demo Kitchen and learn how to prepare healthy meals the whole family will love.

Bariatric Weight Loss Surgery Prep

Before undergoing weight-loss surgery you want to be ready. Learn about the 5 diet stages for weight-loss surgery and meet others considering surgery. Sponsored by the BMC Bariatric Weight-Loss Surgery Team.

Bariatric Food for Life

Learn how to maintain your weight loss after bariatric weight loss surgery by preparing healthy meals and tips on how to manage the new you.

Cancer Survivors!

Class focuses on nutrition to help someone during treatment and recovery to feel better, maintain their energy, recover more quickly, and stay stronger.

Healthy Hearts

Discover ways to cut the fat and lower salt without sacrificing taste or spending all day in the kitchen.

Diabetic Cooking Essentials

Eating healthful meals is an essential part of managing diabetes. Learn how to prepare delicious "diabetic-friendly" meals for yourself or a loved one with diabetes.

Healthy Cooking for People with Disabilities

Patients and caregivers learn how to cook using specialized cooking tools and techniques.

Mattapan Adult Day Health Program

On-site class at BMC's Margret H. Shea Adult Day Health Program provides support for frail elderly and disabled adults.

Pediatric Super Snack Station

Children and their caretakers get an opportunity to make a healthy snack while waiting for their doctor visit.

SNAAC (Student Nutrition Awareness and Action Council)

Founded in 2009 to give Boston University medical students an understanding of culinary medicine through a variety of education and extracurricular projects. SNAAC's goal is to provide medical students with the awareness that nutrition impacts health status.

SNAP! Healthy Home Cooking

Learn the skills to be self-sufficient in the kitchen using nutritional, budget-friendly ingredients.

SUPER Kids and SUPER Teens

Kids, teens and their families are encouraged to Shape UP and Eat Right (SUPER) in this interactive cooking class. The class is part of a medical research project sponsored by the BMC Endocrinology, Nutrition and Weight Loss Management Department and Pediatric Cardiology Department Fit4You Program.

Weight Management

Maintain weight loss goals by preparing healthy meals that are delicious and satisfying using whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and lean protein.

Contact Us

The Teaching Kitchen
Yawkey Ambulatory Care Center at Boston Medical Center
2nd Floor, Cafeteria

850 Harrison Ave.
Boston, MA 02118

Hours: Monday - Friday, 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Call: 617.414.3840