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 ($25 each) at The Kids' Table in Bucktown.
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 "Great Gluten-Free Grains," or fold in heaping helpings of autumn's delights in "Fall into Fall" (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. Because there is no purchase limit to today's deal, young ones and their sibs are welcome to enroll in four-week themed sessions, with a different recipe each week, or dabble in various tasty themes throughout the coming months. Click here to see the schedule. More classes will be added to accommodate demand.
- 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.