About Barbara

When people ask Barbara Bloomgren her specialty, she responds: "Instructing people how to take seemingly complex recipes and prepare them easily while having fun".

After raising five children and cooking over 10,000 family meals, Barbara decided to leave her sales and marketing career to pursue her passion to enhance family life by teaching the art of nurturing with home cooked meals. While formally studying Culinary Arts she was able to further her education at The Culinary Institute of Canada, studying International and Canadian Cuisine. Six months later she traveled to Bad Gliekensberg, Austria to study Austrian Pastry and Specialties. She is an Active member of the American Culinary Federation and a Chef Instructor for Food Matters. Several restaurant assignments rounded out her educational and practical experiences. Barbara holds a strong belief in the power of shared well prepared food to nurture both our bodies and families.

Our Services

Our mission at Towanda's Kitchen is to enhance family life through the art of nurturing. Our purpose is to educate and become a resource for the community.

  • Hands on Culinary Instruction: on site or in the form of interactive parties in your home.
  • Personal Chef Services: whether it's an occasional meal, or on an on-going basis
  • Catering: Specializing in small intimate events, providing custom menus and planning giving your special event the care and attention it deserves.


Awesome time tonight! You've got a really great concept, I hope it really takes off for you. Again, thanks for a memorable evening. We will definitely do that again!

Michael - Class Attendee

Scott and I had fun and left your warm kitchen, full and with some great tips! Thanks to Chip as well, cooking is best when it's a team effort!

Gail - Class Attendee

I had a great time! The pumpkin pie was LOVED in the teacher's room at school (and by me). My sons will devour the apple/pear once I bake it for them! Keep me on the schedule for future classes for me and my friends.

Suzanne - Class Attendee