Expert cooking skills are the secret to securing a second play date, as even the most obstinate toddlers will fall to their knees when presented with a plate of braised animal crackers and alphabet bisque. Give your child the culinary trump card with today’s Groupon: for $35, a youngster gets to participate in three one-hour Kids Can Cook, Tots Can Cook, or Teens Can Cook classes (a $75 total value for each) at The Kids’ Table on North Avenue. This Groupon is not valid for summer classes and is for new clients only.
Armed with pintsize kitchen utensils and a bushel of nutritious ingredients, kids embark on culinary expeditions that bring them face-to-face with the subtle art of food preparation. Kids Can Cook classes wean kids 4–10 years old off imaginary diets of Play-Doh spaghetti, teaching them how to chop, mince, mash, and roll their way toward healthful eating. Instructors guide children through the recipes step-by-step, showing them how to string impeccable fruit kebabs before giving them some freedom to try it on their own. Parents accompany their 2- to 3-year-olds through Tots Can Cook classes, holding their flour-caked hands while they touch, smell, and taste the day’s ingredients, while Teens Can Cook lets youngsters 11–16 explore their culinary independence. Each session takes on a theme befitting of the seasonal produce, with kids tossing sliced-tomato frisbees in a Pizza Marguerite class and tots indulging their nascent sweet teeth in a Blueberry Crisp session; refer to the monthly calendar for each week’s theme.
After submitting their creations to a jury of taste buds, kids can take home a laminated recipe card to commemorate a job well done. As The Kids’ Table emphasizes cooking as an inclusive art form, the kitchen stocks a variety of options to accommodate those with dietary restrictions and allergies.
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.
2337 W North Ave.
Chicago, Illinois 60647