About Us

About Frog Legs

Frog Legs Culinary Academy is an engaging and interactive school allowing children a hands-on approach to cooking. Our dynamic team brings ingredients to life, giving children a positive attitude towards all food with an added dollop of fun and sprinkle of delight.

Established in 2007 in her home in Seattle — and now on a journey to bring a her love and passion for a life filled with joy, imagination and delicious food — Frog Legs is expanding to the Kirkland Neighborhood.

The storefront in Kirkland will be a place for children & adults with class and event offerings that are unique and memorable. Frog Hollow, the candy shop/merchantile store will offer candies, party supplies, cookies, icecream and more — a fun place in a lovely neighborhood. So hop on over!

About Owner/Imagineer Laura Vida (a.k.a. Mrs. Froglegs):

My love and interest in cooking began when I was young and was the assistant cook to my Mom. Out of 4 girls, I was the one who enjoyed being in the kitchen the most.

In college, I worked for a large 4 star hotel and was a prep and line cook for the restaurant and catering department, learning an abundance about the basics of cooking. After college, I worked for Starbucks Coffee Co. and was the gourmet food buyer and product developer where my love and appreciation for quality food and ingredients really grew. I also worked and consulted for Caribou Coffee, Tully's Coffee and Seattle's Best Coffee (yes, I do like/love coffee).

I started my own cookie company, Firefly Fandango in 2002. We created high end decorated cookies & candies, selling to large retailers such as Williams-Sonoma, Crate and Barrel and Marshall Fields. I sold the business in 2007 and began to do some consulting work for Sur La Table where I became a Culinary Instructor and taught classes in their Kirkland store.

I began Frog Legs out of my love for all types of celebrations! I am tickled that children are finding such joy out of cooking and working with their hands and minds!

I love to spend time in the kitchen and entertain friends and family. I believe that food slows down your life for a brief amount of time and puts you in the moment. I find a lot of joy cooking with my 3 children and hope to have the opportunity to cook with yours.

About Seattle Manager Severn Jones (a.k.a. Mrs. Firefly):

Born and raised in beautiful Hawaii, Severn has enjoyed working with children since she was a young teen. She discovered her love for cooking when she moved to New York City to attend college. After graduating from Marymount Manhattan College, Severn continued her education and passion for health and cooking by attending the Institute of Integrative Nutrition.

Upon moving to Seattle, she walked into Froglegs and instantly felt right at home. She loves introducing kids to new foods and is always learning something new from the culinary wizardess Mrs. Froglegs. She also loves licking the batter bowl when she thinks no one is looking. Severn has been sharing the joy of cooking with children at Froglegs for four years. When she's not making chocolate zucchini bread with kiddos at summer camp, she is traveling the world, surfing in Hawaii, or snowboarding in Colorado. She loves trying exotic foods from all corners of the globe and finding inspiration for new experiments in the kitchen.

About Culinary Teacher Katie Amrhein (a.k.a. Ms. Katie Bug):

As a child, I spent my summers baking homemade blackberry pies in my grandparents' kitchen in Bellevue. After a day spent picking berries, making crust, and watching it all bubble in the oven, there was no greater satisfaction than the joy brought by cooking.

I have always had a passion for teaching, and combined this with my love of cooking during my undergraduate years by teaching, and later supervising, cooking camps and garden-based cooking classes with schoolchildren. I attended the IslandWood graduate program in Education for the Environment and Community, and later completed my Masters in Education from UW. I worked as the Children's Garden Coordinator at the Danny Woo Community Garden, creating opportunities for children to learn about the beautiful process of growing food, harvesting, cooking, and eating together.

Throughout the years, I have found myself continually returning back to one of the simple joys of life that I cherish most in my teaching: the sharing of community through the process of growing food, cooking, and eating. I love being a part of the FrogLegs family and sharing this joy with children!