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Organizing a Cooking Workshop

Some thoughts to consider:

1. Outline your goals. Are you showing a particular skill? highlighting a specific cooking methods? trying to inspire confidence about particular vegetables?

2. Consider your audience. What kinds people are going to attend your workshop? Will they have all the tools you’ll use? How can you make it as valuable as possible for your attendees?

3. Know your environment. How will you organize each step? Where will you put your required items? Can this all be transferred over to a different space easily?

4. Create the overall, step-by-step, agenda.

Main points – Create a list of main points you want to discuss, and then break down each larger point into details that you want to communicate to your audience.
Visual aids – List the visual aids, if any, you’ll use for each point.
Discussions and Activities – Will you engage your audience in your process or activities? How do you plan to do this?

5. Develop a Follow-up Plan

The only way to find out if your workshop was a success is to have an effective follow-up plan. Create a questionnaire to give to all participants at the end of the event, and give them plenty of opportunity to share their opinions on how well it went. Although this can be a bit scary, it’s the only way to learn – and improve – for the next time.

Overall Workshop Tips

Here are some more ideas for running a successful workshop:

* Start the meeting with a few icebreakers to get everyone relaxed and comfortable.

* If your workshop’s goal is to address a difficult or sensitive topic, it’s especially important to get the group comfortable before starting. One way is to tell a story that’s loosely related.

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