For many, the kitchen is the epicenter for scrumptious meals that are food for the soul, but it can also be the place where feelings of togetherness come to life.
On February 7, 2020, the Gerry Clubhouse welcomed moms and sons for a special cooking demonstration with BCNY Celebrity Ambassador and youth entrepreneur Mr. Cory. Along with his mom, affectionately known as Cookie Mom, Mr. Cory shared his passion and knowledge for baking, and the result was not just pillow-soft chocolate chip cookies. More importantly, there was an overall sense of love and bonding between the two-dozen moms and sons who participated.
Mr. Cory’s hands-on, step-by-step demonstration was nothing short of amazing. He struck a beautiful balance between engaging the younger members while keeping their older peers entertained and informed. Their first step was to review all of the safety tips while working in the kitchen. Young men draped aprons over the heads of their mothers as they began by measuring out ingredients. Mr. Cory’s patient leadership style allowed everyone to bask in the specialness of the occasion. He explained in detail how to carefully crack the eggs, knead the dough, and drop the chocolate chips.
As the cooking session continued, mothers laughed and reflected on their first time cooking or baking. Although their stories were uniquely different, there was one glaring commonality: mothers and sons baked together with love. They took the recipes that were passed down to them, and in turn, sprinkled in their life experiences and poured love into every pan.
Once completed, both mother and son placed their cookie creations into the oven, which was set at 325 degrees. There was an overwhelming sense of joy as members and moms took turns embarrassing their sons by kissing them on the cheek. A sense of accomplishment that could be seen on all the smiling faces.
For all those reasons, BCNY thanks you, Mr. Cory and Cookie Mom. We appreciate you taking the time to pass on your knowledge, passion, and love for baking with our community. We look forward to next time!