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Kids edition of Cooking with a Redbird Chef for Redbird families

child and parent cooking at stove

Mboka Mwilambwe '94, M.S. '96, and his son, Jonah, cook at a previous alumni event.

Back by popular demand,  Cook with a Redbird Chef is all for the kids on April 21. Illinois State alumni can bring their children to the Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) Foods Lab to witness the talent of Illinois State students as they instruct guests on how to prepare delicious Redbird snacks and lunch options.

The evening will begin with fun fruit appetizers for guest to enjoy while creating a bento-style lunch box to decorate and fill throughout the night. Children and parents will then learn new healthy and delicious ideas to fill their lunchbox as they navigate around to four different stations, each with a different theme:

  • Entrée: Sandwich-on-a-stick
  • Side dish: Mix and match pasta salad
  • Fruit/vegetable: Veggie & fruit critters
  • Dessert: Peanut butter chocolate oatmeal bites

Illinois State student chefs will be instructing and giving tips throughout the event as well.

When: Friday, April 21
5:15 p.m., colorful appetizers and bento box decorating
5:45–7 p.m., demonstration and cook time
Where: FCS Foods Lab, Turner Hall, 700 West College Avenue, Normal

Cost is $15 per child (supervising parent is not charged) and includes all food for the evening. Space is extremely limited for this event, which will close once full. Register by calling Alumni Relations at (309) 438-2586.

This event is suitable for children in kindergarten through the fifth grade. Each registration must include an adult. For every two children, one adult must be present. There is a limit of four children per registration. When registering, please note any allergies as food substitutes will be made.


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