The Kids' Table

West Town

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In a Nutshell

  • Healthy, hands-on cooking
  • Variety of themes & recipes
  • Parents cook with kids in tot classes

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Promotional value expires Feb 8, 2012. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1/person, may buy 2 add'l as gifts. Limit 1/visit. Reservation req; subj. to availability. 48hr cancel. notice req. Valid for tots & kids classes only; guardian req for tots class. Not valid for summer camp. Classes are transferable. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Bill Cosby once said, "Kids eat the darnedest fruit salads, but they are our future, and we should provide the necessary funding to get them to the moon." Shake up dietary culinary maturity with today's deal: for $12, you get an hour-long Kids Can Cook or Tots Can Cook class (a $25 value each) at The Kids' Table on North Avenue.

Focusing on healthy, well-informed food preparation, The Kids' Table educates and excites young minds with wee kitchen utensils and outside-the-lunch-box ingredients. Tots Can Cook classes (for 2–3 year olds) require parental participation, whereas Kids Can Cook courses (for 4–6 and 7–10 year olds) allow parents to watch. Each session is themed—whisk through "Soups & Stews," or fold in heaping helpings of delights in "Pasta with Tempeh Bolognese Sauce" (themes change monthly). No matter the subject matter, each class leaves the washing, mixing, and highly complicated consuming in the hands and mouths of developing chefs.

Post class, kids and tots take home a laminated recipe card and an ability to convert dry measurements on their own, providing hope for a future devoid of mathyboxes. Click here to see the schedule. More classes will be added to accommodate demand.


The Kids' Table grabs a great review from Centerstage, and a mention from ABC7 Chicago. Three lilaguide users and three ParentsConnect reviewers all give an average rating of five stars.

  • For picky tots, their exasperated parents and anyone else who could use a refresher course on the fun of carrots, local mom, entrepreneur and foodie Elena Marre built The Kids' Table, a cooking school bent on moving little fingers beyond Easy Mac and Wonder Bread. – Julia Steinberger, Centerstage
  • Great esteem building experience for our 3 year old at The Kid's Table. Being able to mix, make and taste your own foods without destroying your kitchen at home. She felt like she had really accomplished something exciting. – gabriellehanson, lilaguide

The Kids' Table

Sometimes finicky eaters can become fascinated by food when they have a hand in making it themselves. The Kids' Table's proprietor Elena Marre discovered this with her own sons when they started helping her prepare meals. Eventually she took this idea and created her own family cooking school geared toward children aged 2–16.

During classes, kids prep produce at tot-sized countertops and sinks. They whisk together ingredients with tools calibrated to their little hands as they learn to appreciate varied flavors and textures apart from “plain” and “unslimey.” Parents can get in on the action by working alongside their tots during classes or by signing up to learn how to make baby food, create family meals, or please picky eaters. Burgeoning school-age and teen chefs can also test out their cooking skills during classes and workshops geared toward fulfilling their culinary dreams.

Customer Reviews

It's an awesome place where kids can express themselves through culinary skills!
Dawn S. · April 13, 2015
They were great dealing with our cranky 2.5 year olds. The food was delicious, and I managed to have fun.
David A. · March 13, 2015
I've been impressed with the classes at The Kids' Table. Very organized, clean and fun for the kids! Plus, the food has all been delicious!
Cynthia C. · March 2, 2015
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    West Town

    2337 W North Ave.

    Chicago, Illinois 60647

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