Poe Center in Raleigh Opens CookWELL Teaching Kitchen

This unique teaching space focused on nutritious, delicious choices allows people of all ages to learn hands-on cooking and nutrition skills
Teaching Kitchen Final Render
Photo courtesy of the Alice Aycock Poe Center for Health Education,

The Alice Aycock Poe Center for Health Education (Poe Center), a statewide health education nonprofit organization located at 224 Sunnybrook Rd. in Southeast Raleigh that is dedicated to educating and empowering North Carolina’s children, youth and their families to make choices that increase positive health behaviors, has opened the CookWELL Kitchen. This unique teaching space focuses on nutritious, delicious healthy cooking choices.

Program participants of all ages will improve their relationship with wholesome foods, learn basic kitchen safety and knife skills, and learn how to make a simple, healthy and delicious dishes. Programs are led by ServSafe-trained professionals using evidence-based curriculum. CookWELL Kitchen can accommodate up to 25 people and has 4 workstations. The Poe Center is taking requests for programs, available both in English and Spanish.

Local families can visit the brand-new CookWELL Teaching Kitchen as well as explore the updated GrowWELL Garden — complete with a beautiful mural, pollinators, a new fence, compost bins and more — on Saturday, Oct. 27, from 1-4 p.m. at PoeFest, a free community festival that will celebrate healthy choices. PoeFest 2018 will feature a number of fun activities, information stations and special guests. Attendees can enjoy a photo booth with props, interactive exhibits, arts and crafts, a flavored water tasting station, a snack station, face painting, a temporary tattoo station, pumpkin decorating, prizes and games, Jones Lemonade Slushies on-site and more. 

Local public safety representatives will also be there to engage with the community. This includes local EMS, firefighters, Southeast Raleigh Police, the 4H Club and the Raleigh Rolling Readers, who will be giving out free books. The Poe Center's interactive teaching theaters, exhibits and playground will also be open for the public's use. The event will be held rain or shine.

For additional information about the Poe Center, please visit poehealth.org.


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