The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Delicious demos

Chef's class delivers for homebound elderly

Jim Trainer may not be on the Food Network, but his cooking demonstrations accomplish something that tops the celebrity chefs.

When he’s done teaching how to prepare salmon, prime rib or any other of more than a dozen dishes, the food goes to the elderly who are homebound.

Jim Trainer, chef at the Kimberton
Jim Trainer, chef at the Kimberton Inn, near Philadelphia, spends volunteer time teaching others at St. John Lutheran Church, Phoenixville, Pa., who cook for the homebound.
Trainer, a member of St. John Lutheran, Phoenixville, Pa., hosts cooking classes for members of his church. And the food—sometimes up to 60 meals—is donated to Aid for Friends, a Philadelphia area not-for-profit organization (215-464-2224).

Teaching fellow congregants was the idea of his pastor, Cynthia Krommes. “Pastor Krommes approached me about trying to help find an activity for the 20-somethings in our church,” said Trainer, who has been a member for 12 years. “We got a steady response right when we announced the cooking demos, and not just from 20-somethings. We have teenagers participating and older people.”

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