Eat Healthy

What’s Cooking?

cook5Americans eat fewer than 70 percent of their meals at home; but we know that people who eat more home-cooked meals are healthier. The portion sizes are more appropriate, it costs less, you can be more creative and make exactly what you like – but most people don’t cook!  Here are some resources to get you and your family back in the kitchen!

Amazement Square: cooking classes on the second saturday of each month!  Downtown Lynchburg.

Bower Center for the Arts: Smith Mountain Lake’s renowned chef Mantana Heim. Bedford.

Catalano’s Delicatessen: Chefs Marisa Catalano-Jones and Clinton Jones offer private cooking classes and events.

Greens and Grains: Chef Jeanell offers Basic Cooking Classes beginning Thursday, October 3, she will offer 4 classes that will focus on vegetables, healthy meals, healthy lunchboxes, and easy appetizers for holidays! All classes will be held at The Rimland Center, located at 2919 Confederate Avenue, which is off of Old Forest Road next to Michael’s Carpet World. The fee for each class is $ 45 with a discounted rate of $35 per class if you sign-up for all 4 sessions. Email Chef Jeanell to register:

Hearth of the Kitchen: Rachel Deddens leads historical cooking classes at any historic kitchen including Point of Honor. Lynchburg or Nelson County. Email

Magnolia Foods: Adi McCauley gives quarterly cooking classes. Lynchburg.

Smith Mountain Lake International Cooking School: Chef Mantana Heim also hosts private classes at her home. Smith Mountain Lake.


Still not sure where to start? One blog called “100 days of real food” offers 5 different practical menu plans for a whole week, including a budget. Another set of menus can be found here. Still at a loss?  Check out the First Lady’s favorite recipes as part of the second anniversary of MyPlate on Pinterest.

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