August 11

The Status of Summer Camps (and the Fall 2020 School Year) – August

Blog, Cooking Classes


We’re back with a monthly update on what is going on in California regarding summer camps AND the upcoming school year.  To read my previous posts check out “Status of Summer Camps” for MayJune, and July 

This week, we have wrapped up 9 weeks of virtual cooking camp and it’s been a real treat to see that program get off the ground and thrive.  Parents really like making 12 recipes a  week and seeing their kids eat new foods like avocado toast or 5-ingredient cheesecake or healthy orange chicken with veggies and jasmine rice.

…I’m also in need of a mini-vacation as well 🙂  (and will be heading on one next Tuesday!) 

News To Share

Here are some interesting articles:

“Coronavirus Infected Hundreds at a Georgia Summer Camp”
There was an outdoor sleep away camp in Georgica and the coronavirus spread through the campers quickly!  They took some precautions, but masks weren’t required at all times.  Why anyone would go to a sleepaway camp in these times, is beyond me.  76% of the campers got infected within a few days!

“Parents Sue Over California’s School Closures”
I didn’t know that parents could even sue the California government…but I guess they can in this case when they’re not happy that they can’t send their kids to in-person school experience.  I’m no legal expert, but I can’t imagine what they’re trying to get out of this stunt other than publicity.  The state is requiring virtual learning for the Fall…and while some people may not like that…it’s the path California chose.  I guess we’ll have more virtual learning for a LONG time at this rate.

“Most California Schools Unliked To Open in Fall Under New State Rules”
This was from mid-July and it’s more of the same:  most schools will be fully virtual for the Fall.  Private schools I’m in touch with are following suit.  

My 2 Cents:
My company teaches in-person after-school cooking classes and those will DEFINITELY not happen for a long time.  In last month’s July post I went over exactly why.  

I know other enrichment vendors are offering at-home “pods” for small groups of kids… but that model doesn’t work for cooking because it’s extremely interactive, with kids chopping, cooking, and the chef serving the food back to the kids.  It works fine if you’re doing a dance class or Lego robotics, where you can truly social distance.

As for the Fall being virtual… I predict that the entire 2020-2021 school year will be a virtual learning experience.  

Remember last Spring?  Schools first said we might open in April… that didn’t happen… then they thought maybe in May… and finally it was settled that it’d be virtual learning for the rest of the year. I think this year will be the same.

That’s why, at LIFT Enrichment, we’re going with virtual culinary lessons for kids and parents. The easiest way to experience virtual culinary lessons is to experience the Kids Can Cook Inner Circle.

If you want to experience 9 virtual culinary lessons a month, where your kids can learn to cook YOU healthy dinners and develop confidence in the kitchen…click the link below.

What you get

  • 5 Weekly (Wed at 4 pm) LIVE virtual cooking class so you and your kids can make a healthy dinner together.  
  • 4 Lessons during our monthly live GOURMET cooking class with me (Chef Eric) where we make a full meal, like last July’s “Italiano dinner” with Crispy chicken Milanese, Spaghetti Aglio e olio, Sauteed Spinach, and showstopping Tiramisu.  

Parents saw kids “light up” when taking a virtual culinary lesson and were thrilled to see their kids show interest in cooking at home.

We have a special discount for subscribers.
Step 1: Go to and login if you haven’t already
Step 2: Got to the video replay of our last free lesson, and at the bottom is a private link with a coupon that expires today at 6 pm
Step 3: Join the Kids Can Cook Inner Circle.

Also within that newsletter link, I will post more recipes, free videos, and upcoming free LIVE virtual classes.

=>  Join the free newsletter, get tons of recipes and then cook with us each week! 

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Eric Horwitz

About LIFT

Eric founded LIFT Enrichment in 2010 because he wanted to help young kids develop their culinary skills so they could make healthy foods for friends and family for the rest of their lives.  He has worked with kids for over 15 years and enjoys their energy and enthusiasm for learning new things.  Eric studied abroad in Italy while at UCLA and discovered a passion for cooking.  

Eric Horwitz, Ceo of Lift

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