Camp Raddish 2019
Hello Camp Raddish Families!
In 2006 I was a middle school teacher and, as a side project, I started teaching cooking to some of my students. Soon I was teaching kids of all ages after school, and spending my Saturdays leading cooking birthday parties. Within a year I left my classroom and made "teaching cooking to kids" my full-time gig...adding enrichment programs at dozens of public and private schools...and in 2008, I launched our Kitchen Kid signature summer camp in Santa Monica. When my first child was born, I spent the summer with her strapped in the baby carrier, mixing and whisking in our camp kitchen. (She is now 9 and has been a camper herself!) Within a few years, I ran a small fleet of cooking camps across LA, inspiring the next generation of Ina Gartens and Bobby Flays. Last summer, we proudly celebrated our 10th anniversary of cooking camp in Santa Monica.
The logistics of teaching in-home and in-school cooking classes in a city as broad as Los Angeles were tremendous, but I was committed to sharing my passion for food and family, nurturing kids' confidence in the kitchen and beyond, with as many people as possible. So when the idea to create a monthly subscription cooking kit for kids came to me during the summer of 2013, I immediately began pouring my heart and soul into it. As you know, Raddish launched in January of 2014, and I'm so proud to share that our 60th monthly kit shipped this January. To date, we've shipped nearly a half-million cooking kits across the country -- and we've moved from our tiny garage office to our bustling warehouse in Redondo Beach! We've since been featured in the NY Times, the Today Show, Parents Magazine, and more!
It is not without a heavy heart, and deep consideration, that I announce we will not be running summer camp in Santa Monica this year. Our incredibly popular camps remain true to our mission at Raddish, and we will continue to run them in Hermosa Beach, near our headquarters, as we expand our subscription kit business. It is never easy to disappoint our families, but I take heart knowing that even without a physical presence in Santa Monica, our cooking program continues to inspire kids in the kitchen from coast to coast. If you haven't already, please do see what we've been working on outside of camps, and give Raddish a try! Download a free Camp Raddish booklet, and take 50% off the first month of a 6 or 12 month subscription with promo code CAMP (through March 31, 2019).
I thank you for a decade of support and delicious fun cooking and eating together in our Santa Monica kitchen! Enrollment for our Hermosa Beach camp opens February 15, 2019. Bookmark this page for easy access!
- Samantha Barnes, Founder - Kitchen Kid and Raddish
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