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Old 10-11-2014, 01:02 PM   #1
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What Happens When Second Graders Are Treated to a Seven-Course, $220 Tasting Meal

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/12/ma...d-graders.html

One Saturday afternoon last month, six second graders from P.S. 295 in Brooklyn got a head start on the fine-dining life when they visited the acclaimed French restaurant Daniel. There, five waiters presented them with a seven-course tasting menu (after the trio of canapés and an amuse-bouche, naturellement). The meal was overseen by the star chef and eponym himself, Daniel Boulud, whose goal was, he says, “for the children to really discover a lot of flavor, a lot of layers, a lot of texture.” These discoveries included Smoked Paprika Cured Hamachi (the “most-foreign thing for them,” Boulud says), Crispy Japanese Snapper (“which they loved to see”) and Wagyu Beef Rib-Eye (“a big success”). To capture the children’s reactions, the magazine asked Jeffrey Blitz, the director of the Oscar-nominated documentary “Spellbound,” to make a video. The initiates seemed to enjoy the experience, but that isn’t to say they loved all those flavors and textures. At one point, after tasting a custom-made nonalcoholic cocktail, 7-year-old Chester Parish said: “This is, like, the only good course. It’s yummy.”

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Old 10-11-2014, 01:24 PM   #2
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At that age they are often reluctant to try new foods. Obviously, not these kids. Good for them.
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Old 10-11-2014, 01:24 PM   #3
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Thanks Tatt...that video is adorable. I'm so glad the kids were dressed up properly, so they knew they were special.

I couldn't help but think of how I wish Bucky Tom's son had been at the table..that little guy has really been exposed to fine dining. It would have been interesting to watch how he reacted.
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Old 10-11-2014, 01:43 PM   #4
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I just watched the video. Those kids are delightful. The little blonde knew how to use her utensils. Good for her. But I loved the toast at the end.
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What fun! Children need this type of exposure to foods.

I think it was 5th grade when we picked a country and fixed a dish from that country. I picked Salade Niçoise from France. It introduced me to capers, recipes with olives, anchovies. Beginning my love for foods and being bold in trying new things.
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Interesting video. thanks for posting.
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What fun! Children need this type of exposure to foods.
And.... All the foods that Andrew Zimmerman has eaten over the past five years...
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I loved the video! Thanks for sharing, Tattrat. Two of my favorite things....kids and food.
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That was very cute .. children are brutally honest .. have to love that !
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http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/12/ma...d-graders.html

One Saturday afternoon last month, six second graders from P.S. 295 in Brooklyn got a head start on the fine-dining life when they visited the acclaimed French restaurant Daniel. There, five waiters presented them with a seven-course tasting menu (after the trio of canapés and an amuse-bouche, naturellement). The meal was overseen by the star chef and eponym himself, Daniel Boulud, whose goal was, he says, “for the children to really discover a lot of flavor, a lot of layers, a lot of texture.” These discoveries included Smoked Paprika Cured Hamachi (the “most-foreign thing for them,” Boulud says), Crispy Japanese Snapper (“which they loved to see”) and Wagyu Beef Rib-Eye (“a big success”). To capture the children’s reactions, the magazine asked Jeffrey Blitz, the director of the Oscar-nominated documentary “Spellbound,” to make a video. The initiates seemed to enjoy the experience, but that isn’t to say they loved all those flavors and textures. At one point, after tasting a custom-made nonalcoholic cocktail, 7-year-old Chester Parish said: “This is, like, the only good course. It’s yummy.”

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"Out of the mouths of babes and sucklings". Some of their comments were priceless
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