Monday, February 15, 2016

Discover the Relationships Between Plants and Food at NYBG’s Culinary Kids Weekend

Theobroma cacao - Chocolate! Food of the gods & goddesses. Photo by Ivo M. Vermeulen, courtesy of NYBG

Discover the Relationships Between Plants and Food at NYBG’s Culinary Kids Weekend 

If all the pretty snow has the family nesting inside and yet wondering what to do on this home-from-school holiday, get to New York Botanical Garden for the last day of the Culinary Kids Weekend. The hands-on food fun runs till 3:00 pm.

NYBG’s Edible Academy celebrates the relationships among plants, farms, and nutritious meals during Culinary Kids Weekend. This family-friendly program offers culinary workshops, hands-on activities, music, and cooking demonstrations with NYC chefs. Activity stations include:

§ Edible Academy: Learn about kitchen tools as you sift, slice, and measure. Then taste-test a favorite winter recipe of the Edible Academy staff.

§ Growing Chefs: Learn about food from field-to-fork with the garden-to-kitchen educational team Growing Chefs. Combine a green thumb with an art project and create a take-home notebook telling the story of a sunflower before sampling a scrumptious “flower power” treat

§ Planthropy: Join Planthropy as they explore the sensory delights of culinary herbs. Learn how herbs can aid health and take home a personal sachet of delicious cooking herbs.

§ Big Apple Edibles: Sample a smoothie borrowed from a worm’s favorite recipe, and learn how these wonderful wigglers make garden soil rich and tasty for plants.

§ Hudson Valley Seed Library: Try solving riddles about which seeds sprout into the plants necessary for growing different meals. Then make a seed envelope to take home.

§ Worksongs: Sing and dance with the Worksongs team as they prepare the harvest for winter storage. Play instruments and be inspired by the stories and photographs of historical singers. Join daily sing-alongs at 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. (plus a barn dance), and 2:30 p.m.

Cooking demonstrations from NYC Chefs are at 1p.m.

Featured Culinary Workshops with healthy take-home dishes each day at 11 a.m., 12 p.m., and 2 p.m.:

§ Health Barn USA: The Very Best Pops

§ By Hand Culinary: Handmade Pasta

§ Chef George Edwards: Squash Noodles

At the Garden, of course! The New York Botanical Garden is located at: 2900 Southern Boulevard; Bronx, NY

Culinary Kids Weekend is included in the All-Garden Pass.
Adults $20, Seniors/Students $18, Children ages 2–12 $8, Children under 2 free. Visit for more information and to purchase tickets. Usually the Garden is closed Mondays but this is a special holiday -- so enjoy the Culinary Kids activities and all the plants in the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory. Ahhhh, the intoxicating rush of that oxygen is a welcome reminder of the power and magic of plants…

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