La Cocina de Nana


Inspiring Culinary Outreach

Nana’s Kitchen is an exciting place where Latino and other ethnic cultural values and traditions will be taught and enhanced though cooking, cooking classes, nutrition education, and other activities.

The produce from the gardens of the Sofia Quintero Art and Cultural Center (SQACC) and other sources will be transformed into healthy, nutritious, and flavorful foods in the kitchen.

These quality activities will support the health of families and our community, enhancing the mission of SQACC.

Imagine a Kitchen that Provides Exciting Opportunities!

Nana’s Kitchen is truly a kitchen that gives back to the community. Serving as both a cultural venue and a community resource, Nana’s Kitchen will bring people and cultures together. The programs and events that Nana’s Kitchen will provide the area will serve as a culinary educational tool for youth, adults and families.

A broad spectrum of culinary techniques, ingredients, and foods will be taught, looking at the process of cooking beginning from the garden or farm, all the way to the table. Nana’s kitchen will also serve a 200 person event center and a multi-purpose educational room, both of which will be available to the general public to rent for social, organizational, and business events.

Vision and Purpose:

To nurture the creative culinary abilities of people of different cultures as another forward step towards building and strengthening social and cultural diversity. Nana’s Kitchen will help our community grow by providing opportunities for individuals, families, and organizations of different ethnicities to showcase their food and cooking skills through unique flavors and dishes.

Nana's Kitchen Mission

Nana’s Kitchen advances the important role that food and its culinary value play in the well being of everyday lives. The kitchen will support and give voice to food and culinary education while promoting healthy cooking and eating habits. Nana’s Kitchen will foster community growth through a commitment to utilizing our available resources.

Programs at Nana's Kitchen


Culinary Arts

Whether you want to individually develop your skills or you are looking for something fun to do with friends and family, our classes are a great option.  Learn to make a new dish or get a new spin on an old favorite with our culinary classes, new classes will be coming each month.  Private classes can be organized for schools, organizations, scouting, and church groups to fit your needs.

C.E.N.A.R.E. - Culinary Education Nutrition and Responsible Eating

A class for children and adults featuring nutritional education and hands on culinary experiences on preparing nutritious meals.  Public classes will be announced as they are scheduled.  

Contact our CENARE Coordinator, Veronica Reynaga for more information at or by calling 419-241-1655

Interactive Cultural Tours

Join us for an afternoon of cooking, art, music and more!  We provide an interactive cultural experience to private groups such as schools, organizations, after-school programs, daycare centers, etc.  

We can offer up to a 4-hour tour that that allows youth and attendees to learn about SQACC's mission and what we do. Participants will work with our Art Coordinator on an art project and then head into the kitchen to make their own lunch! We can also offer dance classes, a visit to the bees and more.   

Cultural tours can be tailored to your group depending on the size and length of time.