Community Cooking Class Series

Our 6-week cooking and nutrition series meets once a week for an hour and a half each week. Participants gather to cook, discuss, and learn together. We feature fresh, seasonal recipes that are nutritious, affordable, and delicious. We use local produce whenever possible.

The Happy Kitchen focuses on a balanced diet full of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and lean protein, and also low in sodium, sugar, and saturated fat. Classes can be offered in English or Spanish.

Our class series is unique because we:

Emphasize local, seasonal, and culturally relevant foods.

  • Train past class participants to lead the classes. Class facilitators are trained using a promotora model for peer-to-peer education. In addition to teaching our nutrition curriculum and demonstrating recipes, they also share stories about how they’ve made healthy eating work for them.
  • Provide groceries to participants so they can practice the recipe at home.
  • Share tips for gardening and shopping at farmers’ markets


These classes are free for participants. They are offered in specific communities in the Austin area that have high rates of poverty and diet-related disease. To find out more, please email or call us.


Molly Costigan, The Happy Kitchen/La Cocina Alegre® Program Director