The Dynamite Shop

Fall 2019 Afterschool

 We’re an afterschool cooking program where kids come home with dinner for the whole family.
This Fall we’re introducing a new TEEN CLASS on Fridays just for the older set, ages twelve to fifteen.

Our Make & Take curriculum, developed by founders Dana Bowen (Editor at Food & Wine, Every Day with Rachael Ray, Saveur and more) and Sara Kate Gillingham (Founder of, James Beard Award winning cookbook author) teaches fundamental culinary skills through the lens of home cooking. From lasagna and pot pies to curries and pork dumplings, our students aren’t just following recipes, they’re learning essential techniques that empower them in the kitchen and encourage them to be intuitive, creative cooks.

Students come home with a ready-to-eat dinner for five people each and every week. Meals are hearty and well-balanced. Students receive a reusable insulated bag to transport their meal each week, and one of our signature aprons. Families also get special discount pricing on The Dynamite Shop’s weekend and evening workshops, space rentals and on purchases from our cafe.

Our Monday - Thursday classes are 4pm - 6pm, but there is a short period of quiet homework time (with snack) for students arriving between 3pm and 4pm. Students between the ages of eight and twelve are welcome in this class, but twelve year olds also have the option of our new Friday class for teens.

Our Friday class—just for cooks between the ages of twelve and fifteen—runs 4:30pm - 6:30pm. This smaller class (limited to fourteen students) will take the recipes and lessons from our after school program and amp them up with more advanced skills and an older crowd.

Dietary Concerns: We are committed to full compliance with students' dietary restrictions, but we encourage "picky eaters" to try new foods and because of our ordering system, cannot make week-to-week adjustments. At checkout you will be prompted to give all information about allergies or preferences such as vegetarianism that we will apply to our recipe development for the entirety of the term.

We run our kitchen with the same regulations of a professional restaurant kitchen and ask parents to support us in asking their children to follow these rules. We also ask our students to commit to our code of conduct and will ask students to leave who do not comply. You can read our Code of Conduct here.

Dates & Tuition:

Tuition includes a complete dinner for five people, each and every week.

Mondays (12 weeks: September 9- December 16, no sessions September 30, October 14, November 11): $1080
Mondays: waiting list only, click below to sign up
Tuesdays (13 weeks: September 10- December 17, no sessions October 1, November 5): $1170
Tuesdays: waiting list only, click below to sign up
Wednesdays: (13 weeks: September 11- December 18, no sessions October 9, November 27): $1170
Wednesdays: waiting list only, click below to sign up
Thursdays: (14 weeks: September 12- December 19, no session November 28 ): $1260
Thursdays: waiting list only, click below to sign up
NEW! Friday Teen Class: (14 weeks: September 13 - December 2, no session November 29): $1260
Fridays: only two seat left!

Pickup at local schools (PS 10, PS 39, PS 107, PS 295, PS 321 - contact us for additional schools): $10/day