The Tie that Binds | Zehnder's of Frankenmuth

The Tie that Binds

Kids Camp

By Al Zehnder, CEO of Zehnder’s of Frankenmuth

No matter what continent, country or ethnicity to which you trace your ancestry; there is one common thread in the human existence that we all share; we all eat. And unless we eat a completely raw diet (I really don’t get that) humans have cooked their food shortly after fire was discovered. Our lives tend to be regimented by meal periods; breakfast, lunch and dinner. An entire industry has grown up around trying to educate the masses about food and how to cook that food.

Generations of cooks have been taught by the previous generation. We all have favorite family recipes or know that person in our family that is the best cook. My mom was a great cook. She grew up on a farm where the concept of “farm to table” was just the way the family ate. You milked the cows, gathered the eggs and butchered the chickens. Each year a hog or two was dispatched that provided meat for the family for the year. The garden and the fruit trees provided fruits and vegetables. She instilled in us the importance of knowing how to cook. Spending weekends at my grandmother’s farm, left no doubt where the food came from.

Our family has always loved to cook. I find it very therapeutic. I have tried to instill the love (or at least the appreciation) of cooking to each of my children. My youngest, just 10, had his buddies over and felt very at ease making each of them a simple grilled cheese. We came home from an event a few weeks ago and my youngest daughter, almost 13, had made blueberry pound bread from scratch. My two oldest, now young adults appreciate good food and are very comfortable cooking for our family. Cooking can be a “tie that binds” generation to generation.

Cooking teaches accomplishment, instills pride in workmanship and encourages experimentation. Imagine the first person that tried raw oysters and then convinced the world that this was really great?!

We feel that “knowing your way around a kitchen” is so important to the development of kids that we are in our tenth year of Zehnder’s Culinary Kids Camp, June 19-21, July 16-18 and our One Day camp on August 8, 2018. This sells out fast so visit our website at for more information. Let our family teach your family how to cook!

Hospitably Yours,

Al Zehnder, CEO