Yum! A Class about Food and Eating
“I just wanted to send a thank you to you for putting this class together. I’m guessing lots of kiddos at Athenas’s are like mine and are very selective about what they are willing to eat. Add a long list of allergies to the mix and trying new foods becomes really complicated in our house. Thanks to the examples of other kids trying new things, I’ve noticed a lot more flexibility and interest around food. I’m grateful to you for supporting that in a way that is without judgment and sometimes even exciting!”
You eat every day, but what do you know about food?
In this class we’ll learn about food, talk about food, try new foods, make food, and eat food!
Yum is a “food-positive course”, in which we embrace the full variety of human cuisine. The eating styles of all the students, regardless of the restrictions on their diets, whether from religious, ethical, or medical origins, will be celebrated and supported.
We’ll explore the history of humans and food, find out what flavor is and how you make it, explore food science, learn about nutrition, look into food production, make holiday foods, discuss the ethics of food, find out what people eat in different places, and eat, eat, eat!
Since this is an online course, the hands-on portion of the course will need the participation of a food-loving adult. Get ready to take the yummiest course at Athena’s!
A word from the instructor:
A note from the instructor:
“My mother’s Italian grandmother taught her to cook, and cooking was an essential part of our family life. Almost all of my important childhood memories revolve around discovering, cooking, eating, and sharing food. I will never forget the time that a friend told me she wanted to play at my house because “it’s messy, and there’s always something good to eat!” Of course, we can’t eat together online, but we can explore food and share our experiences. I’m looking forward to exploring food with you!”
~ Instructor, “Prof.” Suki
Notes from students:
- I feel like this class has challenged a lot of my views on food, how people fix and eat it, and the different kinds of diets and moral restrictions that other people, countries, and cultures have. ~Natalie, Athena’s Student
- Professor Wessling’s class is enlightening and insightful. I recommend this class for anyone looking to become more open minded about food; a try-er! ~Evan, Athena’s Student
What to expect in the Required section in the classroom each week:
- Online reading and videos about each week’s subject.
- At-home activities including food tasting and preparation.
- Interactive forums to share experiences and ideas.
What to expect in the Highly Suggested & Optional sections in the classroom each week:
- Curated resources, including websites & videos, are provided to excite learners and to add depth to the subject matter.
What to expect during the webinar:
- Weekly webinars are 50 minutes long. Webinars are recorded and are available for students with schedule conflicts.
- Active Participation (via the microphone and chat) in online class discussions.
- Students will be required to complete one live or recorded 3-minute presentation during the semester.
Before taking this course, students should be able to:
- Read at a solid 7th-grade level or above.
- Be prepared for an active, participatory environment.
- Be mature enough to join an adult in food explorations.
Students should be willing to:
- Be prepared for the webinar by completing weekly activities and readings.
- Actively participate (via the microphone and chat) in the class discussion.
- Encourage class discussion by adding their questions/ideas in the chat window during the webinar.
Required books & materials:
- No book purchase necessary.
- Student will need an adult to act as a partner in food exploration.