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Growing Up Gourmet: April 2009

Thursday, April 30, 2009

What's Growin' On Around Town

I was pretty excited when SlowFood LA announced yesterday that Alice Waters would be speaking about edible education and school gardens here in Santa Monica on May 19. The event, which benefits Canyon Charter School will include a presentation, book signing, and Q&A with Ms. Waters and 15 year-old Sam Levin, who founded a sustainable garden for his public school in Western Massachusetts.

Tickets and complete information available here.

Watch a sneak preview of Alice's new book, The Edible Schoolyard, a Universal Idea:


Get your edible garden groove on the weekend before the celebrated Berkley chef comes to town, with Gardens of Gratitude's 100 Garden Challenge! The goal: plant 100 victory gardens and transform LA's Westside to an edible paradise of fruits, berries, nuts, veggies and flowers!

For more information about Gardens of Gratitude, and to find out how to participate in the event May 16-17, visit the 100 Garden Challenge, here.

I can't think of a more perfect activity do with young foodies, eco-friendly families, and anyone Growing Up Gourmet!!

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Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Foodie Family Wife Swap

Want to swap lives with a junk-food-gorging, TV-dinner-feasting, un-foodie family? Here's your chance!

I occasionally get contacted by casting producers about upcoming shows featuring kid chefs. (I can't wait to actually see one on TV...)

Most recently, this came across my desk:

Kid Chefs and their Families!

Casting Directors for ABC TV’s hit reality show, “Wife Swap,” are now conducting national searches for fun, dynamic, outgoing and interesting families to star on Season 5 of “Wife Swap”.

· Do you have a child that’s a chef?
· Do you consider yourselves Foodies? Do your kids like to prepare and eat exotic foods?
· Would you like to share your passion for gourmet food with another family?
· Would you be excited about the chance to change the life of a deserving family or improve your own?

If so, we’d love to consider you for prime time!!!! In order to apply you must have at least one child between the ages of 7 and 17.

To apply or get more information contact us today:
(TEL.) 646 747 7947
And please be sure to mention Kitchen Kid!

What I want to know: what kind of food does the other mother feed her family?

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Friday, April 17, 2009

White House Hosts Kids Kitchen for Easter

At 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Easter was all about... get ready... kids in the kitchen. Okay, there may have been an egg roll and some food dye. But with the theme "Let's Go Play!" that emphasized physical activity and healthy eating habits, the Kids Kitchen activity station really took the cake.

White House executive chef Cris Comerford demoed healthy recipes for kids, and celebrity chef Jose Andres was accompanied by his daughters for a hands-on demonstration of gazpacho and mini olive pancakes.

Kids who attended the event donned presidential paper toques and made fruit lollipops.

Complete coverage of this exceptional event can be found only at Obama Foodorama. Pictures courtesy Obama Foodorama.

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Friday, April 10, 2009

No, Thank YOU!

Awwww. Two of the best thank you notes I've ever received. My favorite part was that after Natalie gave me the card, she quickly took it back to add "it was the most fun party ever!".
And how about Alexandra's note. Is it cuter that she signed it "with cooking skills," or that she may be the first 8 year old ever to illustrate an immersion blender? And by the way, we did "do it again". Alex celebrated her last 2 birthdays cooking with Kitchen Kid!

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