by Valerie Schroth
Jul 2, 2013
11:23 AM
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Chef Brian Lewis Wants Your Kids to Eat Healthy

Chef Brian Lewis Wants Your Kids to Eat Healthy

Jane Beiles

Chef Brian Lewis of Elm Restaurant in New Canaan believes everyone should eat—and know how to prepare—fresh, nourishing foods from local producers. But Lewis doesn’t just talk the talk: In addition to serving up a sparkling menu of seasonally inspired cuisine six days a week at Elm, he’s engaging kids directly with “Lil Foodies,” a free workshop series that takes nutrition education out of the school and into the farmer’s market.

The second installment of the series is this Saturday, July 13, from 11 to 2. First, chef Lewis and his wife, Dana, take a group of children (age 8 to 14) to the New Canaan Farmer’s Market to meet some of the farmers and learn about the veggies and fruits on display. After that, they troop back to Elm, where the kids get to taste some of the ingredients they saw earlier and—acting as junior consultants—help chef Lewis come up with the Lil Foodies children’s menu, he’ll serve for the rest of the month.

“I’ve found that by giving children a hands-on experience, they have a different understanding and appreciation for what they eat,” says Lewis. “They get an opportunity to taste, smell and touch the ingredients they consume, as well as to be creative and learn about how to prepare them. I think we’re creating an experience for the kids that will last their whole lives, not just while their menu is being featured at elm.”

It’s a great way to grow enthusiastic young healthy-eaters from the get-go.

For more information on Lil Foodies,or to sign up your child, email, or call 203/920-4994.

Chef Brian Lewis Wants Your Kids to Eat Healthy

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