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I was at cooking class when I got the email. I was waiting for some veggies to sweat and checked my phone and there it was. An email inviting Ethan and I to attend a cooking with kids event in sunny California with Food Network star Sandra Lee. I almost forgot about the vegetables I was cooking I was so excited to reply!
After coordinating with my sister to watch Caitlin who we deemed just a little too young this year even though she’s growing into a great little chef and preparing Ethan for his first flight (I will share our travel adventure in another post.) we both made our first trip to California. The evening was finally here. Two black cars picked up Candace from Luxe With Kids and her little boy and Ethan and I at the Le Meridian Hotel in beautiful Santa Monica to go to a studio that had been set up for the LG Jr Chef Event. Ethan wore his favorite dinosaurs and this country girl got out her best boots.
LG’s Jr Chef event couldn’t have been a better fit for me as cooking with kids is something I’m pretty passionate about. Not only is it a great way for me to make memories with my kids, I think by teaching my kids to cook for themselves I’m giving them a life skill and building the foundation for a good relationship with food that will hopefully last a lifetime.
LG did a great job of making the event one with fun activities that the kids loved, but also several simple recipes that the kids could put together with mom and dad and…Sandra Lee. The kids were given an apron, goodie bag, and checklist to complete the academy when they arrived and receive “graduation” presents. Then Ethan had a great time making his own chef toque with colors and stickers. (Trivia: The number of folds in a chef’s toque is rumored to be the number of ways a master chef should be able to make eggs.) The little chefs completed different activities to graduate the academy. Ethan had a great time tossing fruit, painting a picture to go on the gorgeous door in door LG fridge (I was drooling), and balancing jello.
The little chefs created fun and kid friendly dishes at the recipe stations like fruit pizzas, Caprese stuffed tomatoes, and mix and match ice cream sandwiches. The kids had such a great time getting their own ingredients, putting together the recipes, and plating the dishes- being real little chefs! The dishes were the perfect combination of kid friendly without being too “kiddie.” Ethan and I did the Caprese tomato above. We didn’t get the chance to cook directly with Sandra because…..Ethan became more interested in the Rubiks cube he won at the lemon toss event. instead of doing more recipes 🙂 I was still in heaven watching him have a great time. The older kids hit each of the stations and were definitely having fun eating what they had made. LG also set up a beautiful buffet in the courtyard for everyone to munch on outside on a beautiful mild summer evening. (I wanted to take the wonderful weather back to Texas with me!)
Pardon me while I go at little fan on y’all. Along with fun activities and delicious recipes there were a few people at the event you might recognize. I saw Sandra as soon as the cars dropped us off. The camera crew from E! was interviewing her in the courtyard. She was tall and beautiful in a gorgeous coral dress. Inside I was admiring a cute little toddler that looked vaguely familiar for some reason. I was just thinking how well behaved he was when I saw the name on his little bear backpack- Duke. He was Giuliana and Bill Rancic’s son Duke! He was coloring with his nanny and I looked around and sure enough nearby there was Giuliana in a pretty summer eyelet dress with pink pumps. She’s also taller than I thought and tiny! With a toddler and a preschooler myself, I notice when little ones are well behaved and Duke was a great little guy with an happy temperament. Then I was getting Ethan a juice box and turned around and saw a really pretty lady with a great smile at one of the recipe stations with her daughters…and it hit me. She’s Brooke Burke. Brooke and Giuliana were very gracious and took photos with others at the event, but honestly I couldn’t keep Ethan still long enough to wait our turn so I settled for the photos above. 🙂 It was more than enough for me to be just another mom having fun at an event and cooking with her kids with these other moms who just happen to be famous.
We were so blessed to be a part of this event and it’s a topic I truly believe in. Some of my most fun moments as a mom have been cooking with my kids. Thanks LG for giving Ethan and I another one that we will remember for a lifetime.