No tricks — healthy foods are the real treat today as Chef Cricket Azima, founder of The Creative Kitchen TM the kiddie culinary cuisine specialist and author of Everybody Eats Lunch children’s cookbook will be leading a group of children and their caregivers to make healthy and seasonal Pumpkin Wrap and Rolls – inspired by the upcoming Halloween festivities – at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan (located at 212 West 83rd Street) today from 2 to 4 pm.
With a name like Cricket it seems that a career working with children is destiny – (after all, it worked for Jiminy!)
In an interview, Cricket explained her moniker was preordained: the story is her father traveled so much on business he earned the nickname Grasshopper. So the offspring of a grasshopper just had to be a cricket…
Cricket has worked in collaboration with the Children’s Museum of Manhattan (CMOM) for more than 10 years.
The Now You’re Cooking! Series that today’s event is part of was created in partnership between The Creative Kitchen and CMOM. In her classes, Cricket teaches more than just cooking, using the educational benefits to expand the knowledge of children, fueled by her own childhood educational experience at Montessori. “We used all our senses and learned through music, color, and shapes. My students learn through the prism of food and cooking,” Cricket explained.
Her menu for today’s fun cooking class was clearly inspired by Halloween and the season. With more than 500 expected to attend today’s cooking session, CMOM and Creative Kitchen scaled up to accommodate this “larger format” hands-on workshop. Children will put together the prepared ingredients using whole-wheat tortillas, pumpkin puree, carrots, and raisins, along with honey and cinnamon to create their own Pumpkin Wrap. “This is a fun class for today’s kids who are in the toddler age group,” Cricket said. “We’ll offer them delicious whole grains and fresh veggies as a healthy, alternative Halloween treat,” she added. A nice balance to the sure-to-be-sugar-rush surrounding the holiday’s candy treats.
Cricket and The Creative Kitchen will be joined by Beanitos original bean snack, Nocciolata hazelnut and cocoa spread and Nature’s Child Pudd’n Pouches.
In an email interview, David Rios, Children’s Museum of Manhattan Director of Public Programming commented: “CMOM’s partnership with the Creative Kitchen is just one of the ways the Museum works toward helping families explore a variety of new practices that they can implement in order to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Working with Cricket allows us to continue to provide enriching programming that aligns with the goals set by our health initiative and EatPlayGrow™ curriculum while showing children that cooking with healthy ingredients is not only good for them, but is also fun and creative.”
CMOM will continue to celebrate on Friday October 31st for Halloween with additional classes and events. Check the web site for details.
In addition, on Election Day, November 4th, CMOM will host Every Vote Counts, where children will sample three healthy dips and vote for their favorite one.