Loblaw Superstore locations offer science-based cooking classes for children

    "Little Hands" cooking classes demonstrate food chemistry and importance
    of science to food

    BRAMPTON, ON, Aug. 12 /CNW/ - Loblaw Cooking Schools in collaboration
with Let's Talk Science is launching science-based "Little Hands" cooking
classes designed for children ages 3 to 5, in select Superstore locations
across Ontario. Parents and children can work together to explore and taste
foods, understand the importance of produce, while learning basic scientific
concepts through food preparation and mixing ingredients.
    Pre-schoolers will create beginner recipes and acquire kitchen skills by
exploring different foods with various tastes and textures, as well as learn
about healthy eating and the different food groups.
    "Children learn best when they are engaged and our cooking schools offer
this opportunity," says Tom Filippou, Executive Chef, Loblaw Cooking School.
"The cooking classes allow children to create some of their favourite recipes
in a fun-filled atmosphere, while gaining a deeper understanding of the
connection between food and science."
    From August 16 to September 10, 2009, during Loblaw's Grown Close to
Home(TM) program, a celebration of produce from Canadian farmers available
in-store, Loblaw Cooking Schools will host one class each week, with a new
topic and curriculum for each session. Both parents and children will enjoy
fun food facts, how to use appropriate tools for cooking, and learn key
scientific terms and other skills, such as observing, collecting and
organizing information. Loblaw will provide activity booklets for participants
based on the learned curriculum.
    "The program, based on our Wings of Discovery early learning resources,
is designed to expose young children to basic science principles, understand
different food groups within a grocery store by involving cooking elements to
keep them engaged and interested," says Bonnie Schmidt, President of Let's
Talk Science. "We're absolutely thrilled Loblaw has developed this program, as
the Loblaw Cooking School has an incredible reputation that will reach parents
all across the province. This initiative highlights the importance of
introducing science to children beginning at a very young age."


    Watch it Grow: Learn what foods contain seeds and what seeds you cannot
eat. Each child will plant a seed to take home with them and watch grow over
the course of the 4 weeks. Children will prepare a breakfast bar with sesame
and sunflower seeds.
    Science of Dissolving: Learn what happens when things dissolve in liquid,
along with what dissolves and what doesn't. Children will prepare individual
pizzas by making dough and watching the yeast dissolve in water.
    Let is rise: How to make things rise with the use of baking powder.
Children will bake chocolate chip cookies (with and without baking powder and
distinguish the difference).
    All about fruit: What is a fruit and explore the difference between
fruits and vegetables - Class and a tour of the produce area. Children will
create a tomato and cucumber salad.
    For more information about the Wings of Discovery Cooking Classes in your
area, please call or visit your local Superstore and ask to speak to the
Cooking School Coordinator.

    About Loblaw Cooking Schools:

    Loblaw Cooking Schools offer hands-on demo and cooking classes in a fun,
interactive environment at 71 locations throughout Ontario in Zehrs, Zehrs
Great Food, Real Canadian Superstore, Loblaw Superstore, Loblaws, and Loblaw
Great Food stores. Class themes range from menus by celebrity chefs to
entertaining tips, international and vegetarian cuisine, fast, easy and
healthy family meals, pastry and desserts, organic cooking (deleted classes)
and more. Open to the public year-round, the Loblaw Cooking Schools also offer
private, corporate, team-building, and Lunch & Learn sessions with optional
sommelier service in addition to fantastic classes geared towards children
ages 3 and up, including children's cooking birthday parties. For more
information call 1-800-296-2332 ext. 3 or visit www.loblaws.ca or

    About Loblaw Companies Limited:

    Loblaw Companies Limited, a subsidiary of George Weston Limited, is
Canada's largest food distributor and a leading provider of drugstore, general
merchandise and financial products and services. Loblaw is one of the largest
private sector employers in Canada. With more than 1,000 corporate and
franchised stores from coast to coast, Loblaw and its franchisees employ over
139,000 full-time and part-time employees. Through its portfolio of store
formats, Loblaw is committed to providing Canadians with a wide, growing and
successful range of products and services to meet the everyday household
demands of Canadian consumers. Loblaw is known for the quality, innovation and
value of its food offering. It offers Canada's strongest control (private)
label program, including the unique President's Choice(R), no name(R) and Joe
Fresh Style(R) brands. In addition, the Company makes available to consumers
President's Choice Financial(R) services and offers the PC(R) Points loyalty

    About Let's Talk Science

    Let's Talk Science is an award-winning national charitable organization
dedicated to building youth interest and engagement in science, engineering
and technology through leadership, innovative learning programs, research and
advocacy. Since its inception in 1993, Let's Talk Science has engaged more
than 2 million children, youth, educators and volunteers. For more information
about Let's Talk Science, please visit www.letstalkscience.ca.

    About Wings of Discovery(R)

    Wings of Discovery(R) is a one-of-a-kind early learning program created
by Let's Talk Science to help children aged six months to six years develop
important skills while having fun exploring the world through science. The
program builds on a child's natural curiosity about the world around them and
uses science as a context to integrate language, math, art and music into
their knowledge and skills development. Educators at more than 1,200 childcare
centres and kindergarten classrooms across Canada use Wings of Discovery
resources to engage and interact with children in interesting and relevant
explorations that absorb them in learning and build a foundation for future
engagement in science. For more information about Wings of Discovery, please
visit www.wingsofdiscovery.ca.

For further information:

For further information: Loblaw Companies Limited Media Contact: David
Primorac, Senior Director, Public Relations, (905) 459-2500 ext. 3634,
david.primorac@loblaw.ca; Let's Talk Science Media Contact: Bonnie Schmidt,
President, (519) 474-4081 ext. 225, bschmidt@letstalkscience.ca

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