GET COOKING IN 2016 — Edible Education® Teaches America’s Kids (and their parents) To Cook Real Food at Richmond’s Ellwood Thompson’s Market

elwood-thompson-logoJanuary 1, 2016, Richmond VA — Edible Education® founder Chef Ann Butler and Ellwood Thompson’s founder Rick Hood are hungry to get America’s kids cooking — and eating — right.

This year, the two Richmond-based organization are partnering on monthly cooking classes for kids and their parents.

“On the last Tuesday of each month in 2016, we’ll be featuring two sessions of Ann Butler’s cooking classes in our Beet Café,” says Hood, who is on a mission to feed the heart and soul of his community through his commitment to selling and serving local and organic foods. “Ann’s goals and organization fit right into our goal to create a personal connection with our customers.”

Butler says she’s thrilled to be teaming up with Ellwood Thompson’s Market, because she knows that if kids get 50 hours of culinary education by the time they are 12, it’ll change the way they feel about food.

Sign up today for the next Edible Education Cooking Classes at Richmond’s Ellwood Thompon’s:

“I have seen too many children think that Raman noodles and Red Bull are a complete meal,” explains the former high school culinary teacher and restaurant chef. “I started my company with one idea in mind — if kids cut it, touch it, and taste it, they’ll eat meals that are not only yummy, but will keep them healthy for the rest of their lives.”

From making Chocolate Quinoa Cupcakes to Mac-n-Cheese with Cauliflower Puree, Butler has proven her point with by teaching nearly 25,000 kids to cook since she founded Edible Education™ in December 2010.

And on January 5, 2016, two of Edible Education’s students — Emily Waters and Claire Hollingsworth — were stars on the Food Network’s Chopped Junior TV show. Claire took home the grand prize on the episode, “Cuteness Overload.” Read all about it:


Edible Education + Ellwood Thompson’s 2016 Cooking Classes

When: Last Tuesday of the month — 2 classes @ 4:30 and 6:30pm

Where: The Beet Café @ Ellwood Thompson’s Market — 4 N Thompson St., Richmond

Price: $25 / kid • $45 kid + parent (recipe + bag of groceries available to purchase, $35)


January 26: Citrus + Quinoa 

Kids will be cooking: Chocolate Quinoa Cupcakes, Citrus Snowmen

Parents will be cooking: Confetti Quinoa, Red Onion + Citrus Salad

Cook-it-at-home bags will include: 

  • Kids — Clementines, cloves, quinoa, cocoa powder, coconut milk, butter, Confectioners sugar
  • Adults — All of the above, plus peppers, squash or zucchini, carrots, parsnips

February 23: Cauliflower + Chocolate

Kids will be cooking: Coconut Hot Chocolate, Mac-n-Cheese with Cauliflower Puree

Parents will be cooking: Chocolate-covered Strawberries, Roasted Cauliflower, Cauliflower Crusted Pizza

Cook-it-at-home bags will include: 

  • Kids — Cauliflower, parmesan and white cheddar cheese, Ghirardelli chocolate chips, white chocolate, macaroni noodles
  • Adults — Ghirardelli chocolate chips, white chocolate, strawberries, cauliflower, mozzarella cheese

For more information, contact Hope Katz Gibbs at

About Ann Butler’s Edible Education®: Edible Education® is a national cooking school for kids based in Richmond, VA. Founded in December 2010 by Chef Ann Butler, her classes have taught more than 25,000 students. Through in-school programs, after-school enrichment, summer camps, group cooking lessons, and edu-taining birthday parties, kids get to cut it, taste it, and make the food they’ll not only eat — but love. On Jan. 5, 2016, two of her students made it to the final round of the Food Network’s Chopped Junior. Real food, real kids, real good. Learn more at

About Ellwood Thompson’s Market: We’re a small, locally owned and independently operated natural foods market located in our beloved city of Richmond, Virginia. We’re a tight-knit community with a love for providing you with healthy and organic food. Our goods are brought to you by local farmers and producers who focus on natural means of growing and producing. Everyone we work with holds the Ellwood Thompson’s mission close: To feed the heart and soul of our community through a strong commitment to local and organic foods. Our employees and partners are all dedicated to maintaining healthy lifestyles. Ones where sourcing local products, tending gardens, recycling, composting, volunteering, and staying environmentally friendly are all a part of everyday routines. We proudly live this life and invite you to come in and partake in the freshness and the fun! We have a commitment to our community – a commitment to you. Our aim is to bring you the very best that RVA has to offer. Learn more at