Caviar: The New Kid Food

Today at Little Feet in the Kitchen we really took my “adventurous young chefs” philosophy to the limit! As part of my crusade against junky kid food, I took my students on a field trip to the elegant, world famous caviar emporium (and incredible restaurant) Petrossian in West Hollywood.

That’s right, children ages 6-12 were introduced to about 10 different types of caviar by the charming GM Christopher Klapp, who engaged them in a lively discussion on the history and geography of caviar, as well as the intricate method by which it is created over an 8-10 year period.

During the discussion, each child was given a sequential tasting of various caviars.  Look at this beautiful menu Petrossian created just for us — you can see the types of caviar we all tasted. (Yum!)

If you’re curious as to how many of these children tasted the caviar, read on. You might be surprised to discover that some of them actually loved it.

Once we finished the decadent caviar tasting (and learning the prices per gram of each one!), the beautiful and incredibly talented Chef Giselle Wellman did a scrambled egg demonstration.  If you can call what she does simply “scrambled eggs,” that is.

Chef Giselle then created exquisite scrambled egg-filled eggshells topped with whipped cream and caviar for each of us, which we ate with tiny spoons.

As if that were not enough, the staff then presented us with platters of the most delicious smoked salmon I have ever eaten, along with warm bagels, fluffy whipped cream, capers, egg and all the trimmings.  It was a feast.

To me, it felt like Christmas, New Year’s and my birthday all rolled into one.

We didn’t want to leave, but it was time to say goodbye.  Petrossian made it easier by gifting us with our very own swag bags — chic lunch bags filled with all kinds of goodies.

We vowed to come back to visit again soon, and the kids couldn’t wait to tell their parents about their adventure in caviar. Christopher Klapp and Chef Giselle Wellman were so gracious and generous with their time, and it was so much fun.

Wait – you wanted to know how many of the children actually LIKED the caviar? Out of 11 children, only two of them wouldn’t taste it at all, and a few more didn’t love it.  Everyone else — nearly half of them — ate every last drop.

So the next time you assume that you have to make a separate meal of chicken nuggets for your 7 year old, consider an alternative. You could just let them try what you are eating.

When I said “no kid food,” I meant it!!


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