You’re Invited: Gardenlicious Kids Cook-Off

Image: Celebrity judges from left to right: Scott Gottlich, Lynne Fearing, Kent Rathbun

Have a budding sous chef in your house? Bring your little kitchen helper to the Arboretum for an event that will spark both their creativity and their appetite.

The Gardenlicious Kids Cook-Off, honoring Children’s Garden Capital Campaign Chair Cecile Bonte, challenges local kiddos to create their own culinary masterpieces using items from the Arboretum’s Incredible Edible Garden. Though the deadline has passed for entering and the finalists already selected, young cooking enthusiasts and their parents are invited to the Alexander Camp House from 1 to 3pm, Sunday, June 29, to watch the Kid Cooks in action.

The goal is for children to see how food choices impact their overall health. The finalists have been tasked to use at least one ingredient from our Edible Garden to craft a healthy dish, which will be judged by renowned Dallas chefs Kent Rathbun of Abacus and Scott Gottlich of Bijoux, as well as Shinsei restaurateur Lynae Fearing.

The possibilities for crafting a “gardenlicious” menu item are almost endless. Finalists can find fresh corn, pumpkin, squash, watermelon, cantaloupe and okra growing in the Edible Garden during the summer, in addition to blueberries, avocados, asparagus, raspberry, cacao, pomegranate and other fruits and veggies harvested year-round at the Arboretum (full list here). We can hardly wait to dig into what the Kid Cooks prepare.

But the fun doesn’t stop there. After the Kids Cook-Off, the young chefs get to taste and judge menu items from the participating chefs. Plus, Cook-Off guests have the chance to snack on the celebrity chefs’ creations.

Tickets are $8 for non-members, $5 for members, $3 for students, and you can also purchase a Contributor ticket for $30 to help underwrite worthwhile Arboretum programming such as the Kids Cook-Off. Ticket prices are in addition to the purchase of a general admission ticket. If you’re unable to attend, consider making a donation in honor Cecile Bonte and our local Kid Cooks.

Congratulations to the finalists:

1st and 2nd grade:

Alfred Hoak

Recipe: Homemade Chicken and Roasted Corn Soup

Cheyenne Peterson

Recipe: Cheyenne’s Watermelon Cake

Jane Taten

Recipe: Zucchini Carrot Muffins

3rd and 4th grade:

Emma Becker

Recipe: Red and Yellow Hummus

Annie Hurley

Recipe: Blueberry Crumble Cream Pie

Grace Twomey

Recipe: Very Berry Yogurt Cupcake

5th and 6th grade: 

Sophie Podeszwa

Recipe: Avocado Chocolate Mousse

Cate Goglia

Recipe: Summer Smoothie

Grace Dorward

Recipe: Cook Kid Cucumber Radish Salad

7th and 8th grade: 

Charlotte Podeszwa

Recipe: Shrimp and Avocado Salad with Frico Chips

Alex Karamyshev

Recipe: Spring has Sprung (sushi roll)

Anna Walker and Sydney Love

Recipe: Viva Vegan Tostada with Black Bean Spread

Purchase your tickets here. Find information about the Gardenlicious Kids Cook-Off and other events during the Year of the Children’s Garden here. See you on the 29th, and don’t forget to bring your appetite!