We were all very excited to have a new Wegmans in the area but I never knew how many wonderful children’s resources it would bring. When the excitement started to stir about a Wegmans in Prince George’s County I honestly had no clue what all the hoopla was about. I thought we were really doing something when Target expanded its grocery section. Boy was I surprised when we recently participated in their second “Kids in the Kitchen” cooking class for children ages 4 and up.
The class began with the chefs telling the children that it was important to be properly dressed for their job so they had to put on their “uniform:” an apron, chef’s hat and plastic gloves (after hand-sanitizer!) We were informed that the menu would consist of homemade meatball spinners and salsa verde guacamole. RJ gave me the “I’m not sure about that guacamole idea” look and I was a little concerned. Thank God they started with the meatballs! The children placed their individual ingredients into a big bowl at the front of the class and later made four meatballs for themselves from the “family pot.”
While they were cooking the children began the guacamole. My first thought was the same as RJ, “yuck.” Yeah, I’m not a guac fan either (sorry to my Chipotle friends!) They mashed up the avocado and added salsa and Voila, salsa verde guacamole!
Back came the chef with the meatballs and each child was asked if they would like white or wheat bread to make their sliders. RJ chose “wheat” and daddy would have been proud! The meatballs were equally delicious which I definitely attributed to all of the kiddie love going into it!
It’s true that if children cook something, they are more likely to eat it. I now have avocado on my monthly grocery list!
So, if there is a Wegmans near you, go to the Customer Service desk or check online for their next “Kids in the Kitchen” program. You can’t beat $5 per child for two hours of real cooking, enough food for leftovers, and a child that may come home with a new appreciation for a food that once garnered a decisive “yuck!”
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