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:
Recipe: Homemade Chicken and Roasted Corn Soup
Recipe: Cheyenne’s Watermelon Cake
Recipe: Zucchini Carrot Muffins
3rd and 4th grade:
Recipe: Red and Yellow Hummus
Recipe: Blueberry Crumble Cream Pie
Recipe: Very Berry Yogurt Cupcake
5th and 6th grade:
Recipe: Avocado Chocolate Mousse
Recipe: Summer Smoothie
Recipe: Cook Kid Cucumber Radish Salad
7th and 8th grade:
Recipe: Shrimp and Avocado Salad with Frico Chips
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!