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You Have to Start Somewhere!

You have to start somewhere . . . I started cooking & baking with my mother and grandmother when I was young. It was truly a family affair. I'm now carrying on the tradition with my VeryVera family - with all of my talented & enthusiastic campers! The VeryVera 2015 Summer Cooking Camp for Kids is booking quickly and I know you do not want to miss it! Register today on www.VeryVera.com

Pre-Beginners (June 8-12th): ONLY 2 SPOTS LEFT
Beginner (June15-19th): ONLY 6 SPOTS LEFT
Intermediate (June 22-26th): ONLY 10 SPOTS LEFT
Advanced Beginner (July 6-10th): ONLY 7 SPOTS LEFT
Beginner (July 13-17th): ONLY 7 SPOTS LEFT
Advanced (July 20-24th): ONLY 10 SPOTS LEFT

Thanks & I look forward to seeing y'all this Summer!

OK. Who's ready for Sum, Sum, Summertime?

Oh, summer . . it brings warm & sunny weather, vacation, and of course everyone's favorite, VeryVera Cooking Camp! Summer 2015 marks our 12th year of Cooking Camp and the second year at our newest location, The Cottage.

Our Summer Camp classes will be limited to 18 students, divided into groups of 6. The Beginners, Advanced Beginners, and Intermediate Classes run from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.; Pre-Beginners Class runs from 9:00 a.m. to noon. Each week is described on our website. Please sign up using the DEPOSIT product and pay the BALANCE DUE the week before camp. (Or pay for both at once, if you'd like!)

June Cooking Camps
Pre-Beginners (ages 6 & 7) June 8-12
Beginners (ages 8-10) June 15-19
Intermediate June 22-26
Advanced Beginners (ages 11-14) July 6-10

July Cooking Camps
Beginners (ages 8-10) July 13-17
Advanced July 20-24

For details, to register, or to purchase a gift card, visit www.veryvera.com.

Holly, Jolly . . . the Best Time of the Year!

Spend Christmas with Vera!

This year, our Christmas Semester includes two very special classes that are filled with Holiday cheer:
- SUGAR PLUM FAIRY, DEC. 6
- GATHER AROUND THE TABLE, DEC. 13

Classes are held on Saturdays and start at 9:00 a.m., end at 2:00 p.m., & include a recipe packet, snack, lunch and a bag of goodies to take home. Students are placed in like age groups and circulate between the Kitchen, Kitchen Prep Room, and Craft Room. Appropriate for Ages 6 - 14.

And be sure to save these dates for our Winter Cooking Classes:
- WINTER COMFORT FOOD, JAN. 10
- VALENTINE'S DAY, FEB. 7
- EASTER, MAR. 21

SEMESTER DISCOUNT: Sign up for 3 Semester classes and receive $25 off with promo code SEMESTER. For details or to register, visit www.veryvera.com.

VeryVera Fall Cooking Classes for Kids!

School is in session! That's right, VeryVera's Fall Cooking Classes, starting this month, include:
- HARVEST TABLE, SEPT. 20
- HALLOWEEN, OCT. 18
- THANKSGIVING, NOV. 15

Classes, 9 am-1 pm, include a recipe packet, snack, lunch & a bag of goodies to take home. Ages 6 - 14. Sign up for individual classes OR if you register for the entire semester all (all 3 classes), you receive $25 off w/ code SEMESTER. Register now: www.veryvera.com.

Family Tradition: Four Generations of Cooks

Many of you remember Melissa Carden, my Commissary Director for several years at VeryVera. Melissa and her husband headed to Birmingham with The Southern Company and she and I have remained in constant contact, especially regarding all things FOOD. I couldn’t resist sharing this sweet picture of her 3-year-old Mae Margaret sporting the apron that Melissa wore as a child. Her grandmother Ruth Roberts is a wonderful cook and great grandmother Nell McBrayer was the family cooking-inspiration. Nell McBrayer even has a family cookbook in her honor, Fine Southern Recipes McBrayer’s Grocery, edited by Melissa and written by her sister Aimee. I’m not sure if there are still copies for sell, but it is a GREAT cookbook. I have used many of the recipes myself and have featured quite a few on The VeryVera Show.

2014 June Cooking Camps Report Card

How did the June Sessions of Cooking Camp go? Beyond what I could have imagined--they were absolutely splendid! I have received so many kind notes and emails, including this one from Angel, the mother of Kayla who was one of our VeryVera Summer Cooking Camp Campers of the Week! This email just warmed my heart. 



"We are very proud of Kayla and her accomplishments . . . Kayla wants to be a chef and own her own restaurant so this really inspires her . . .Thanks so much for continuing to organize this camp. She really enjoys it. We will definitely see you next year in the Advanced Class."

I just cannot express how much joy I receive working with and teaching these kids about cooking, and how proud I am of all of my campers. Congrats to you, boys and girls, for a job well done! Each and every one of you received an A+ in my book.

 

~ Vera Stewart