Youth Culinary Project

Introducing the Youth Culinary Project, one of many creative branches of the Slow Food Youth Network. The Slow Food Youth Network is a worldwide network of young people creating a better future through food. It unites young food enthusiasts, chefs, activists, students, and food producers who participate in public debate about current issues. It introduces young people to the world of gastronomy. Through these activities the SFYN raises awareness about important food issues such as hunger throughout the world and food waste. Positive action is stimulated as the participants learn about sustainable food production. In this way young people learn how to combine pleasure and responsibility in daily choices and appreciate the cultural and social importance of food.

The Youth Culinary Project of Jackson focuses on the youths’ celebration of food as the cornerstone of culture and community. Food is a medium that connects people across culture, age, and class boundaries. The first phase of the multifaceted YCP, lead by renowned chef Eric Wilson, will be a series of 4 culinary classes that delve into the world of epicurean delight, leading students along the gastronomic path from seed to table.

The series of classes will begin with a visit to one of our local farms, Cosmic Apple Gardens, where youth will harvest the bounty that they prepare that day. There they will learn about life cycles, seasonality, and the importance of sustainable agriculture.

As Alice Waters, the vice president of Slow Food International states, “When we understand the connection between the food on our table and the field where it grows, our everyday meals can anchor us to nature and the place where we live.”

We are so grateful for your participation and curiosity! Together we will increase our understanding of the important connection between health, local food culture, agriculture, and the environment.

The series will begin on Sunday, September 14th from 10:30 to 3:30 pm. with a fieldtrip and outdoor cookout at Cosmic Apple Gardens, a local biodynamic organic farm located in Victor, Idaho.

In addition to the farm trip there will be three classes held at the Old Wilson School house on Tuesday afternoons, from Sept 16th through Sept 30th. The first two of those will be three hours in length, from 4:15 to 7:15 pm. The third class, on Sept. 30th, will run from 4:15 to 8:30 pm and include a family feast in which all family members will be invited to join us for a community meal prepared by the students.

Carpooling to and from Cosmic Apple Gardens on September 14th will be arranged as we get closer to the event.

Thank you so much for your curiosity and consideration!



Audrey Smith

President, Slow Food in the Tetons


Eric Wilson

Chef Extraordinaire


PS- A note to the parents: If you also hold a deep passion for culinary artistry and epicurean exploration we have courses for you as well. Please refer to our website,, to find out about our Food And Taste Education Workshops! We look forward to cooking and exploring with you!

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