Pastry chef Mamata Reddy, a graduate of The French Pastry School in downtown Chicago, created Spoonfoolery after several years as an after-school culinary instructor at the Gary Comer Youth Center on Chicago's South Side. She employed a farm-to-table curriculum, teaching kids seasonal cooking, healthy eating, and from-scratch baking. She is now bringing this way of kitchen life to her adopted hometown, Evanston, Ill. Spoonfoolery offers learning opportunities to kids ages 3 to 14 and special event space to all ages.
During the current national health care crisis, Mamata pivoted Spoonfoolery to virtual classes and an online retail store, where customers can purchase her most popular recipes as complete cooking kits for home cooks of all ages. Additionally, she provided a weekly meal service throughout lockdown for health care workers and food-insecure families around Evanston. It is her desire to solve the international food insecurity problems, but for now, she’s starting with this neck of the woods.
Mamata lives in South Evanston with her husband, son and daughter, and a brood of furry creatures who regularly get their own home-baked snacks too!