What is The Empowered Kitchen?

The Empowered Kitchen can come to your home for a private or group cooking class. We also offer Team Building Cooking Classes with international themes and Healthy Cooking Demos (with mobile set-up) for your office or event. We'll work together to find a kitchen location or The Empowered Kitchen has a few options available for an additional reservation fee.

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Hi, I'm Katrina!

Since I was a little girl I remember helping my mom mix up cookie dough and "invent" pizzas. Food and cooking with family have formed my most significant and cherished memories. My mission is to share this love of food and connection with everyone I meet!   

I have a passion for food waste reduction and how to spread the good word about how it addresses issues ranging from climate change, to hunger, and our food budget. It's a win-win-win!

Come relish in the joy of cooking and connection with others around a table, and learn to be a little lighter on the earth and your wallet while you're at it! 

Thrilled to call Colorado home and put down deep roots in this community. 

See you in the kitchen!

Katrina Brink

P.S. Et je parle français aussi, alors n'hésitez pas à me passer un coup de fil en français si vous voulez.

"This was an unbelievable experience, she was very thorough and it was so easy to follow her directions. We all really enjoyed the meal, thank you!!! I highly recommend calling her and utilizing her services." - Mollie S.

Why I Believe in Meal Prepping

Save Money

Plan your week ahead so you save money and time cooking. If you have a flexible weekly game plan, you throw away less food and have fabulous meals ready to grab and go. 

Help the Earth

It's our future! Food waste is one of the leading causes of methane emissions in the United States. Methane is a major greenhouse gas, which adds to climate change. By reducing food waste, we put the value back into our food and the whole food chain, from farm to factory, through to the grocery store, all the way to our homes.

Eat Well

With a few simple cooking skills you can create many wonderful dishes. Take fresh, whole ingredients with fun spices thrown in, & you can turn basic foods into mouthwatering meals you'll want to make again & again.

Why Care About Food Waste?

It's Your Money, Use it Wisely!

The average American family of 4 throws away $2,200 worth of food every year!

Every day the U.S. creates enough food waste to fill the Rose Bowl Stadium at least once, and maybe twice, depending on the estimate.

If we reduced this food waste by just 16%, we could feed every hungry person in America.

The challenge with that is distribution, but innovative programs are tackling that too!

Find out more about that below!

 

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Climate Change.

It's Real Folks.

Methane is a problem. Why is this a big deal, you ask? We have all heard that carbon dioxide (CO2) is a greenhouse gas, but methane is too. Rotting food emits a lot of methane. Landfills are the second largest source of methane after - ahem - cow farts. Food waste makes up the largest part of those methane emissions.  

THIS IS THE IMPORTANT PART!  For the first 20 years that food is rotting, the methane is 72 times more potent as a greenhouse gas than CO2! For the next 80 years, it's only about 21 times as strong, still significant. 19% of landfill waste is food scraps. This food waste is heavy (mostly made up of water) and is often shipped by trucks that get an average of 4-7 mpg! This represents more CO2 emissions and trashed tax dollars too.

That 19% doesn't even include food we put down the garbage disposal, which is estimated to be 3 times what we throw away.

PLUS: Every time food is thrown away, all the resources used to grow, package, distribute and store that food were wasted too. This includes water, fossil fuels, fertilizers, pesticides, packaging materials, electricity for refrigeration, and so much more.  

Take beef as an example:

"Taking into account the water used to grow the grains to feed cattle, it takes 15 tons of water to produce 2.2 lbs of red meat." According to Jan Lindquist of the Stockholm International Water Institute. We can all do something to reduce this waste!

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Taste It, Don't Waste It.

Food Scraps Can Become New Ingredients.

First of all, think before you throw!  

What you think is be waste might be your next meal! There are many creative ways to use the all the often castaway parts of fruits, vegetables, meats and bones that can make hearty, nutrient-rich and delicious meals! Food scraps make great stocks, sauces & creative dishes, even before you compost the rest. There are many creative ways to use the all the often castaway parts of fruits, vegetables, meats and bones that can make hearty, nutrient-rich and delicious meals!

Katrina's classes will teach you all about how to do this! Food scraps make great compost! 

This compost can then be used on your own vegetable garden to enrich the soil and grow healthy food. It can also be given to area farmers for them to grow food for us. This is a great, free alternative to petroleum-based fertilizers, which also can have a negative environmental impact

*All statistics taken from American Wasteland: How America Throws Away Nearly Half of It's Food (and What We Can Do About It), by Jonathan Bloom

Want to Do Something About It?

Help rescue perfectly wholesome food from Denver area grocery stores that would have been wasted, and take it to low-income communities that face barriers to accessing food. Pickups are done by bike and bike trailer, so the environmental impact is minimal.  

http://www.denverfoodrescue.org/

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