The coolest events during the New York Wine and Food Fest that I got to participate in were, hands down, the cooking demonstrations for kids. I was lucky enough to do two this year and the first one was Fun and Fit in the City, sponsored by Target. It was held Saturday afternoon in my neighborhood of Harlem. Three other talented chefs joined me in the cooking demonstrations, Rocco DiSpirito, Melissa D'Arabian, and my good friend Andrew Zimmern. Together, we cooked kid-friendly meals in the demos held at the Harlem Armory. For my demo, I called up two lovely young volunteers to help me prepare my meal of Sweet and Spicy Chicken Wings and Apple Potato Salad. The kids loved digging their hands right into the food and I had a blast cooking with them. Afterwards, I got to speak to the audience about the importance of a healthy diet and encouraged them to shop at our local Harlem Farmers Market, not only for fresh produce but to also help food vendors from our very own community.
It's always great to see my Harlem friends at my events and it's important to always try to give back to the community, like we try to do with Red Rooster. Aside from the demos, Fun and Fit in the City also featured a variety of family activities for kids to enjoy. There were activity areas for hula-hooping, gymnastics, jump-roping, and bouncing. Yoga was also featured throughout the day, as well as various booths for healthy initiatives and organizations. My favorite booth was the gardening booth where kids and parents could learn how to plant their own garden. Gardening is a great way for parents and kids to spend time together as well as a way to teach kids about growing and eating more fruits and vegetables.
Check out my event photos below and stay tuned tomorrow to my Twitter (@MarcusCooks) for more photos from my second cooking demo for kids.
Do you have your own garden?
Photos: Cyndi Amaya