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 COVID-19 pandemic, 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 has provided meals for federal workers during the 2019 government shutdown, as well as a weekly meal service throughout 2020's spring 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. To that end, Mamata serves on the Board of Directors for Meals on Wheels of Northeastern Illinois and offers a scholarship program for anyone who would like take classes at Spoonfoolery but needs financial assistance.
Mamata lives in South Evanston with her husband, son and daughter, and a brood of furry creatures who have inspired a whole line of homemade pet snacks too!