Photo by Keith Saunders
“A family that cooks together, grows together.”
Chef Jacoby Ponder is known for cooking up his best dishes for celebrities like Bruce Willis, but this summer he will be working with couples to strengthen their bond and awareness of healthy cooking. On June 25, Jacoby will stop in Richmond, Virginia, for his Couples & Singles Cooking Class: Surf and Turf. “My cooking classes come from my gift of teaching and my passion for culinary arts,” he says.
After seeing and joining the efforts of former First Lady Michelle Obama’s Chefs Move to School program, Jacoby was made aware of the communities affected by food deserts in the Hampton Roads and Richmond, Virginia areas. He was determined to have a continued presence in these communities. “I was inspired to educate the community, so I acted on my aspirations by putting together cooking, fun, and education. I am bringing families back to the dinner table,” he says.
Chef Jacoby Ponder’s Couples & Singles Cooking Class: Surf and Turf comes to Richmond, Virginia, on June 25 from 6:30 – 9:30 PM EDT at 801 Virginia Center Parkway.
With his new cooking class, Jacoby hopes that food will not only strengthen the bonds of couples but also strengthen the health and wellness of the whole family. “What better place to start with health and wellness than with mom and dad,” he says. “Couples seem to enjoy the getaway and the unorthodoxy of date night. Cooking together increases laughter and creative teamwork, which builds a bond that will last a lifetime. A family that cooks together, grows together.”