Back To School?

I've just started seeing school busses kicking up some early morning dust along our road. It seems too soon, and I'll bet the kids think so too. The question I'm asking myself though is, Is it too late? I've done a lot of things in my life, but higher education never made the list. I didn't need it for anything in particular, and didn't care about the piece of paper. But now I do. No, I don't want to go back and become a doctor/lawyer/teacher/accountant. I want to be a chef when I grow up. And a vegan chef at that.

Crazy? Nah. I don't think so. I think it's perfect. I love to cook and feed people, and I'm already a good cook. But I want to be great, and I want all the tricks and skills and confidence that come with going to school and really learning my stuff. And I want the title. Chef Kim. Sounds good, doesn't it?

Going to Le Cordon Bleu, or some other long term culinary academy is not much of an option for me. It's too expensive, and I'd have to move. What would I do, live in a dorm and work at Starbucks to support myself while Rick and the dogs stay in Taos, holding down the old adobe fort? I don't think so. But looking around online, I ran across the VeganFusion website, and there I discovered a 10-Day Vegan Cooking Immersion and a 3-Day Teacher Training, both taught by Mark Reinfeld. They take place in Seattle next April, and I want to go. 

Wouldn't you love to come to Taos to take a cooking class from me someday, followed by a bead party perhaps? I can really see myself doing this. Maybe teaching small classes in people's homes, here and around the country, helping folks eat better and healthier and happier, and maybe even cooking for small parties and such. Yes, I can see it clearly, and it makes me smile.

So, no, of course it's not too late. But maybe the real question is, How can I afford it? Tuition alone is around $2500, which is not a ton of money, but remember, I'm a beadmaker, not a stock broker. I wonder... would it be wrong to throw a fundraiser for myself for a change? Maybe... but I'll figure it out. And if anybody knows of a scholarship fund I might tap into, please let me know. Meanwhile, you can support my dream by buying my beads. Shameless self-promotion, I know. But I really want to do this. Help me go to school, and someday I'll cook for you!


  1. There's your fundraiser, Kim. Sell vouchers for a meal catered in the person's the future! I say "Do it!"

  2. This sounds great, Kim! Speaking vegan to vegan, I'm so glad that you're spreading the word that veganism is the way to go--the best way for everyone!! (Kitties and snakes excepted, of course!) Ginger in Tucson

  3. Throw yourself a fund raiser by all means. I don't comment a lot on your blog. Sorry :-) But I do read it everyday. And, I think it is perfectly fine to reach out to those of us who do value what you do and have to say. If we can't support each other in our dreams, then really what is the point of putting words to blog? So do it and feel good about it. It's actually quite inspiring to see people reach for what means something.

  4. I want to buy a chance for catered meals! Seriously.... That could be so cool!


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