Charlie Cart booking lessons
Tuesday, May 28, 2019 Charleston County Library

CHARLESTON, S.C. - Wondering how to prepare the beautiful produce that our local farmers are growing and selling at the farmers market? Do you have a knee-high sous chef whose interest in cooking you want to foster and develop in a safe, educational way? We have a program for that!

This summer we'll be celebrating food and kitchen literacy with the Lowcountry Food Bank through live food prep and cooking demonstrations of simple, healthy -- and delicious! -- foods.

What's a Charlie Cart? Good question! The Charlie Cart is a mobile kitchen classroom that delivers hands-on nutrition education. Lowcountry Food Bank and the Charlie Cart provide the tools and knowledge children need to make healthy choices for life. Cooking is an ideal medium for learning: it is hands-on, engaging and rewarding. Hands-on learning promotes success across disciplines and develops collaboration, critical thinking skills, and subject mastery. 

These programs are made possible through a partnership with the Lowcountry Food Bank through its Nutrition Initiatives, as well as The Janet E. Segal Library Legacy Fund. The Lowcountry Food Bank is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that distributes donated food to a network of nearly 300 member agencies throughout 10 coastal counties in South Carolina, including soup kitchens, homeless shelters and emergency food pantries. The Janet E. Segal Library Legacy fund, a project of the Library Foundation of the Lowcountry, was established in July 2018 to honor Janet and to continue her passion for public libraries in the Charleston area. 

 

Charlie Cart Kickoff Events

Monday, June 3 at 4 p.m. - John's Island Regional Library 
Monday, June 24 at Noon - Main Library
Monday, July 15 at 3 p.m. - Cooper River Memorial

Join us as we kick off a summer of Charlie Cart programs! Find out more about this amazing mobile kitchen, learn about Lowcountry Food Bank’s mission, and enjoy some cooking demos.

 

John's Island Events

Kids Kitchen
Tuesdays, June 4, 11, 18 at 2 p.m.

Embark upon tasty adventures! Is your child a budding chef?  Are you looking for ways to bring your child into the process of meal preparation? This is the program for you! We'll break down some easy recipes with the Lowcountry Food Bank's Charlie Cart, an entire kitchen on a cart, and make it fun for the whole family.

Caregivers must sign a liability waiver for kids to participate.

Cook with Us: Hot Weather, Cool Refreshments (teens and adults)
Wednesday, June 12 at 2 p.m.

With a few simple tricks, you really can make creamy, smooth, homemade hummus with fresh ingredients! We're bringing out the Charlie Cart mobile kitchen with the Lowcountry Food Bank to show how you and your kids can made this delicious and simple Mediterranean dish together. 

Cook with Us: Hot Weather, Cool Refreshments (teens and adults)

Wednesday, June 19 at 2 p.m.

Learn how to make homemade ginger ale with less than half the sugar typically included in store-bought drinks, and learn about the Lowcountry Food Bank's Charlie Cart. 

 

Main Library Events 

Cook with Us: Kitchen Safety and Applesauce Demo (teens and adults)
Wednesday, June 26 at 2 p.m.

Get hands on with the Charlie Cart mobile kitche, learn kitchen safety basics, and observe a demonstration of knife skills. Safety tips will cover hygiene practices and food temperature. Participants will also learn about different types of apples, watch an applesauce-making demonstration, and sample the final product.

A liability waiver must be completed prior to participation in program by either the participant or the parent or guardian if the participant is younger than 18. *Registration is required.  Call 843-805-6841 to register*  

Kids Kitchen (ages 5-11)
Thursday, June 27 at 2 p.m.

Learn how to follow simple, tasty recipes through hands-on instruction in the Charlie Cart mobile kitchen. Participation limited to 20 kids. Registration begins June 17. Call 843-805-6893 to register. Caregivers must sign a liability waiver for kids to participate.

Cook with Us: Summer Produce (teens and adults)
Tuesday, July 2 at 6 p.m.

Learn how to make a recipe with seasonal summer ingredients. Explore the benefits of adding these ingredients to your diet, as well as nutrition information and sustainable urban agriculture techniques with representatives of MUSC’s Urban Farm.

A liability waiver must be completed prior to participation in program by either the participant or the parent or guardian if the participant is younger than 18 years old. *Registration is required. Call 843-805-6841 to register* 

Kids Kitchen (ages 5-11)
Saturday, July 6 at 11 a.m.

Learn how to follow simple, tasty recipes through hands-on instruction in the Charlie Cart mobile kitchen. Participation limited to 20 kids. Registration begins June 17. Call 843-805-6893 to register. Caregivers must sign a liability waiver for kids to participate. 

Cook with Us: Johnnycakes and Ginger Ale (teens and adults)
Tuesday, July 9 at 2 p.m.

Learn how to make traditional johnnycakes and homemade ginger ale soda, and try samples of both. A liability waiver must be completed prior to participation in program by either the participant or the parent or guardian if the participant is younger than 18 years old. *Participation is limited to 20, and registration is required. Call 843-805-6841 to register. 

Kids Kitchen (ages 5-11)
Thursday, July 11 at 2 p.m.

Learn how to follow simple, tasty recipes through hands-on instruction in the Charlie Cart mobile kitchen. Participation limited to 20 kids. Registration begins June 17. Call 843-805-6893 to register. Caregivers must sign a liability waiver for kids to participate. 

 

Cooper River Events

Kids Kitchen: Applesauce
Tuesday, July 16 at 10:30 a.m.

Make homemade applesauce! Making applesauce might be a daunting idea, but we're bringing out the Charlie Cart mobile kitchen with the Lowcountry Food Bank to show how you and your kids can made this delicious snack together anytime. 

A liability waiver must be signed to participate; caregivers must sign for participants under the age of 18. All supplies are provided.

Cook with Us: Corn on the Cob with Chile and Lime (teens and adults)
Monday, July 22 at 10:30 a.m.

There's nothing better than a fresh ear of corn at a summer barbecue, and we're going to show you how to impress your tastebuds and your friends and family with this delicious recipe for chile-lime corn on the cob! If you're a fan of a little heat with your sweet corn, this class is a must. We're bringing out the Charlie Cart mobile kitchen with the Lowcountry Food Bank to show how you and your kids can made this delicious and simple side dish together for any occassion. 

A liability waiver must be signed to participate; caregivers must sign for participants under the age of 18. All supplies are provided.

Kids Kitchen: Cool Desserts
Tuesday, July 23 at 10:30 a.m.

Strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, all the berries! Summer is the time for berries. And nothing beats the summer heat like a cool berry parfait. We're bringing out the Charlie Cart mobile kitchen with the Lowcountry Food Bank to show how you and your kids can made this delicious and simple dessert together for those steamy hot days that need a cool dessert. 

A liability waiver must be signed to participate; caregivers must sign for participants under the age of 18. All supplies are provided.

Cook with Us: Rustic Tomato Sauce (teens and adults)
Monday, July 29 at 10:30 a.m.

Sure, you can open up a jar of tomato sauce you take off the grocery store shelf, or you can make your own basic sauce. It's a simple recipe that will amaze anyone who tries it. It's perfect over pasta or as the base to a homemade pizza, or even a dipping sauce for garlic breadsticks. We'll also learn how preserving food pauses the cycle of decomposition.

A liability waiver must be signed to participate; caregivers must sign for participants under the age of 18. All supplies are provided.

Kids Kitchen: Summer Produce Testing
Tuesday, July 30 at 10:30 a.m.

Do you know what vegetables are harvested from June to September? Whether you're a fan of beans, or love a good cucumber, have a thing for pumpkins and peppers, or just can't resist an ear of corn, we have the Charlie Cart class for you! Learn about different foods harvested during the summer months. 

A liability waiver must be signed to participate; caregivers must sign for participants under the age of 18. All supplies are provided.