Thyme for Kids - a family, food, and franchising blog
Thyme for Kids - a family, food, and franchising blog
Into food, family, or franchising? You're in the right place. The recipe for blogging here at YCA is to keep it simple, entertaining, educational, and to the point. We take one simple concept and give you our unique perspective.
From our franchisees, our students, or our corporate staff - if you hear it here, you know it's all us, all original and all fresh. We might tell you the story of a bright young chef who taught his instructor a few things, then next maybe the latest culinary trend (beef tongue sliders?). There is nothing ordinary about any of our franchises, and we delight in sharing the extraordinary "scoop"! Enjoy, comment, and please share.
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Food Network & Young Chefs Academy: A Partnership Steeping in Friendship

Thyme for Kids… a family, food, and franchising blog

Food Network Magazine's March 2015 issue with Young Chefs Academy

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Food Network Magazine's March 2015 issue says, "FOOD NETWORK MAGAZINE was proud to partner once again with Young Chefs Academy to host its annual Back to School Open House Events. Children and their parents attended and participated in unique culinary experiences at 10 Young Chefs Academy locations across the country. Children learned how to make their own tortillas, bake french fries, make homemade ranch dressing, create a fun cake in a cup and sample great products from our sponsors, Grapes from California® and Horizon Organic®! Check out for more information about upcoming events!"

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We are always excited to partner with the Food Network Family, and "open house" events like these have become a favorite. As featured in Food Network Magazine's first-ever kids-themed magazine, Young Chefs Academy locations across the United States brought the 2012 and 2013 “Food Network Magazine Kids” edition to life with fun and interactive experiences!  Families visited their local YCA for a host of Food Network fun!  The "Food Network Magazine Back to School Open House Event" featured: Cooking Stations, Back-to-School snack making, Hands-on games and activities, Sweepstakes prizes, Sponsor samples and more! 

Anytime you and your kids want to get inspired, sharpen your kitchen skills, see clever culinary how-to's… all for free, our Open Houses are always open! Join our Mailing List and get the latest Open House news!

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YCA's Take on Children's Franchising Trends

Thyme for Kids… a family, food, and franchising blog

Children’s Services, Just Plain “HOT” in Franchising Today!

There must be something in the air (other than Spring, glorious Spring!). Because media outlets have been soliciting our offices for content for their publications. We hear, "Kids and cooking are trending right now…", "Our readers are asking if 2015 is the time to invest in a children's franchise?," and, "Could you speak to trends in the children's market?". (Our answer to all btw is, "absolutely"!).

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We keep hearing the word, "trend", but we've been around for over 10 years. Cooking, fun, families, education, and food have been around forever. With the dawn of reality T.V. shows like FOX's MasterChef Junior, Food Network's Chopped Jr., & TNT's On The Menu! (click here to read our blog post: "Young Chefs Academy TV Stars!"), we are more "in" now than ever, but "trendy" is for the newly developed flashy franchises (no offense, there's room here for everyone).

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