Cooking Caravan challenges teens at libraries

DAYTON — The Cooking Caravan is taking a battle of the chefs to all branches of the Dayton Metro Library this summer – and teens are invited to be the sous chefs and judges. The Caravan, based in Columbus, Ohio, offers programs about food and nutrition in a uniquely entertaining style.

“The Cooking Caravan is a group of chefs, artists, actors and musicians devoted to enriching health and feeding artistic hunger,” says John Croke, Artistic Director of the Caravan. “We are artists as well as educators and it is our performance-based approach that sets us apart and turns an event into an experience.” Other members of the Caravan are Chuck Johnson, John Skaggs and Mark Stursa.

In the Chef Battle, Caravan chefs square off in a culinary competition that features audience members as sous chefs and judges. The free programs are geared toward a teen audience. Schedule:

Belmont, Tuesday, June 14, 4 p.m. 1041 Watervliet Avenue, Dayton.

Brookville, Monday, June 27, 2 p.m. 425 Rona Parkway Drive.

Burkhardt, Tuesday, June 14, 2 p.m. 4680 Burkhardt Avenue, Dayton.

Electra C. Doren, Tuesday, June 14, 11 a.m. 701 Troy Street, Dayton.

East, Tuesday, June 14, 6 p.m. 2008 Wyoming Street, Dayton.

Huber Heights, Monday, June 27, 11 a.m. 6160 Chambersburg Road.

Kettering-Moraine, Thursday, June 30, 3:30 p.m. at Christ United Methodist Church, 3440 Shroyer Road.

Madden Hills, Monday, June 13, 2 p.m. 24542 Germantown Street, Dayton.

Miami Township, Tuesday, June 28, 2 p.m. 2718 Lyons Road.

Miamisburg, Tuesday, June 28, 4 p.m. 35 S. Fifth Street.

New Lebanon, Thursday, June 30, 11 a.m. 715 W. Main Street.

Northmont, Monday, June 27, 4 p.m. 333 W. National Road in the Englewood Government Center.

Northwest, Monday, June 13, 6 p.m. 2410 Philadelphia Drive, Dayton.

Northwest, Tuesday, June 28, 11 a.m.

Temporary Main Library, Thursday, June 30, 2 p.m. 120 S. Patterson Boulevard, downtown Dayton.

Trotwood, Monday, June 13, 4 p.m. 651 E. Main Street.

Vandalia, Monday, June 27, 6 p.m. 500 S. Dixie Drive.

West Carrollton, Tuesday, June 28, 6 p.m. 300 E. Central Avenue in the West Carrollton Civic Center.

Westwood, Monday, June 13, 11 a.m. 3207 Hoover Avenue, Dayton.

Attendance at these and other Library programs counts toward Summer Challenge goals. For details, visit the Events Calendar at or call (937) 463-BOOK.

Staff Report

Reach the Dayton Metro Library at (937) 463-BOOK.