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Children of all ages gathered at the Sur La Table store in Washington, D.C. on the morning of September 15 to participate in an interactive cooking demonstration lead by FoodFit's executive chef, Bonnie Moore. While their parents eagerly looked on and browsed through the store, 25 young chefs-to-be learned how to prepare two kid-friendly creations: Lydia's Crazy Cuckoo Face Sandwiches and Roly Poly Roll Ups. Bonnie had a little help naming the recipes from her six-year-old niece, Lydia Crawford.

Chef Bonnie instructs the kids on how to make a Roly Poly Roll Up.
Two young chefs get serious about sandwich making.

Using recipes adapted from Ellen Haas' cookbook "Great Adventures in Food," Chef Bonnie helped make cooking fun, interesting and accessible to kids. She introduced many children to new foods like focaccia bread, portabella mushrooms and guacamole—using brightly colored, fresh vegetables to make produce more enticing to her young students.

Sponsoring the event along with FoodFit and Sur la Table, American Farmland Trust donated all the fresh produce and L'Academie de Cuisine, a cooking school, provided paper chef hats for the kids to wear. All proceeds from the sale of Haas' cookbook at the event went directly to Kids Café, a national feeding and nutrition education program providing snacks and meals to children in poverty. In conjunction with America's Second Harvest food bank network, the Capital Area Food Bank started Kid's Café in the Washington metropolitan area in 1998. and Sur la Table's first cooperative cooking demonstration was well received by both parents and kids. A series of Cooking with Kids events across the nation is currently being developed.

It's a masterpiece! Lydia's Crazy Cuckoo Face Sandwich

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