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There are few birthday parties we have thrown over the years for any of our three children that coupled such fun and learning as the recent party we did with Maria and Cooking with Fun! To see seven 12 year old girls engaged, smiling and talking to one another, and not pick their cell phones, for 3 full hours is a true testament to the enjoyment these girls had while learning an important and fun life skill’:)!!!
Thanks again Maria for a wonderful memory she will always have!
– HEATHER H, DECEMBER 2017

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Chef Maria was simply fantastic and instrumental in making our daughter’s 10th birthday party memorable. She worked with us to create a Chopped Junior challenge for our daughter and 5 of her friends. The detail she went to in organizing and engaging the kids was beyond anything our husband and I could imagine. All the details were taken care of, from devising the menu to even creating a fun introduction for each kid just like they were on the show. I would recommend her and her company to anyone.
– KIM S, OCTOBER 2017

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We had my daughters 8th bday party with Cooking with Fun and it was an unbelievable experience. Maria went above and beyond for the party and her passion for good, wholesome food while having fun really showed! I highly highly recommend her and I want to ask her if she can have some ‘adult’ ladies night out parties too! Awesome concept and amazing chef.
– SHEILA A, JANUARY 2017

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Thank you, Maria, for being such an incredible teacher and chef.  You have inspired a love of healthy cooking and eating in Tiffany — and we are the lucky beneficiaries of this great gift since she likes to make the recipes you’ve introduced for our family. From teaching her how to properly use chef tools, to combining ingredients in new and fun ways to make delicious snacks, to nurturing her sense of self-efficacy, you have gone above and beyond in every way We can’t thank you enough and look forward to registering Tiffany for your next series of classes.
– CAROL W, DECEMBER 2016

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The kids cooking class was absolutely amazing!  Nick looked forward to it every week and I can’t believe how much he learned.  He actually helps me cook now and can put together a recipe all on his own.  Maria made this very educational and best of all so much fun!  I would highly recommend this everyone!!
– THERESA, DECEMBER 2016

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Maria has ignited a passion for my daughter in cooking REAL food! Maria is patient, kind and fun…gives the kids great experiences both in the kitchen and the garden. I would highly recommend this class because kids learn about so much more than fixing something to eat!
– NICHOLE, OCTOBER 2016

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Luke has learned and grown so much thanks to Maria the past two summers! He feels more confident in the kitchen and prepares full meals on his own. Maria is kind, patient, inspiring, and fun. She puts together ideas and lessons that the kids relate to on so many levels. She helped Luke gain a true understanding of “Farm to Table” by allowing them to harvest fruits and vegetables in her garden and then transform them into delicious baked goods. Maria teaches and utilizes skills about cooking, measuring, and being creative in the kitchen. She also shows that eating healthy can be a truly delicious option. Luke has enjoyed every second and will continue to go back for years to come
– MEREDITH B, AUGUST 2016

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Maria is “fantastic” according to my picky 11 year old chef.  My 3 kids have tasted a huge variety of fresh and sometimes unusual foods in Maria’s classes in the past few years.  My daughter took after school classes with Maria at her preschool, and has attended a cooking birthday party that Maria supervised.  I held a mom’s cooking night out with her as well!  Cooking with Fun is THE place for kids and adults that enjoy cooking and have an inquisitive nature and thirst for more knowledge about their food and healthy choices.  You and your children will gain a new appreciation for cooking and food!
– JENNIFER S,  JULY 2016

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You are amazing!  My kids wake up everyday this week excited to go to camp and that includes my little Lucas. Thank you so much for inspiring my kids to not only learn to cook but to eat healthy.  I love the photos!!!  Thank you.
– ANNA V, JULY 2016

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Emmy had a blast at your cooking camp this past week and, as a parent, it brought me so much joy to see how much fun she had! Emmy thoroughly enjoyed the time in the garden as well as the time in the kitchen, and she eagerly recounted her adventures after each and every class. She looks forward to teaching us how to make all of the delicious dishes here at home thanks to the beautiful keepsake recipe book you helped her create.
– VALERIE H, JULY 2016

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Thank you again for providing this wonderful opportunity for Kelleigh. She truly looked forward to it each morning and enthusiastically recapped it for me on our drive back home.  I love that she was exposed to a variety of veggies and herbs, some of which she had never tasted before, and that she participated first-hand in turning them into super tasty creations. We’re looking forward to recreating several of them in the fall!
– CARRIE W, JULY 2016

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Thank you so much for providing such a fun and educational program for the children!
The kids seemed to really enjoy it and we thank you for your email communications with families.
It was a pleasure working with you.
– CHRISTINE J, MAY 2016

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My husband and kids met Maria at the Leesburg Farmers Market last Spring. She was doing a composting demo. My son now has over 1000 red wiggler worms he’s “farming” in containers in our basement (that eat our veg scraps and make great compost for the next garden).  She was SO engaging that my “absolutely no pets” husband was converted and has supported the kids having a basement worm farm in his workout room. Literally from dirt to dinner, she’s your gal.
– BRITTA W, JANUARY 2016

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Olivia enjoyed her pie on the ride home and I’m anxious for her recipe book so she can make more for the rest of us! She LOVED class and can’t wait for more!
– BETH R, JANUARY 2016

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My daughter had such an amazing time today!  I haven’t seen her that excited in a long time as she was when she came home and told us all about it!!  She was so proud of her food and so positive about cooking!
– JANUARY 2016

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Ben LOVES your class.  He looks forward to it all week then talks about what he learned for days.  I think you have created a little chef!  Thank you Maria!
KATE C, NOVEMBER 2013

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From my first interaction with Maria, the founder of Cooking with Fun, I knew that my children would enjoy their time learning with her in her summer cooking program. We had previously done the Cookology route, which, for children, was limited to processed, unhealthy food options for children and I was looking for an environment that they could learn in, but would also foster and embrace our healthy lifestyle. She did not disappoint!Maria is charming, engaging and the boys LOVED visiting her house each week…..highlights included her beautiful garden, Koi pond and the delicious foods they helped to create in a very nurturing and supportive environment. She was so patient and encouraging  with them. My older son, especially, feels much more empowered in the kitchen now and independently cracks eggs, works with a child appropriate knife for chopping and is even more proactive about asking about healthy ingredients. He actually asked for child safe knives and a measuring cup (of his own) for his birthday!  All in all, as a health care provider, fitness enthusiast and mother, I could not encourage participation in Maria’s program more wholeheartedly!”
CYNTHIA T, AUGUST 2013

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So I asked my girls some of the best things they have done this summer so far and Cooking with Fun is on the top of their list. Thanks to Ms. Maria! Cooking with Fun not only allowed my girls to learn hands-on food preparation and cooking but they also learned and experienced hands-on gardening, understanding nutrition facts in food labels and simply having fun outdoors and indoors.Ms. Maria has her special way to work with kids and making each class interesting. I call her the ‘food fairy’ as she not only makes them try different veggies but also gets them convinced that veggies are yummy food (she got me convinced too! :)). Best of all, the girls come home from class with sumptuous homemade meals that they share with mom and dad with pride (that they actually made them from scratch). Definitely a class a highly recommend to my friends and families!
– ANNA V, AUGUST 2013

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