Mario Batali Demonstration Helps Foundation to Educate Kids About Right Eating
Mario Batali needs no introduction to Americans, Italians or those from Singapore and Hong Kong. He is renown for his restaurants which can be found in New York, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Hong Kong, Westport, New Port Beach and Singapore. He spawns a book every other year, has hosted and been on various cooking shows and will be one of three hosts of a new show this fall, The Chew, which is hyped as a daytime show in which food will be examined from various perspectives, for example health, family rituals, friendship, current trends, fitness, weight loss, travel and lifetime events.
Sunday, September 23rd Batali, a friend of the New York Botanical Garden was at the Garden's conservatory to demonstrate the ease of cooking from garden to table, fresh, seasonal family dishes from the mound of recipes he keeps handy, all plying his local and fresh kitchen garden vegetables and herbs. Proceeds from the demonstration and sold out dinner afterward went to support the Botanical Garden's essential Children's Education programs.
The Children's Gardening Program is a hands-on program offered in spring, summer and fall, allowing kids ages 3-12 to plant, tend, and harvest vegetables. The program also offers the kids lessons on gardening topics from apples to worms, making sure urban kids have the opportunity to understand how gardens fruits and vegetables are integral to good nutrition and healthy eating.
In 2008, Batali started the Mario Batali Foundation, with the mission of feeding, protecting, educating and empowering children. Like Jamie Oliver who is hell bent on changing the way children eat unhealthily with his Food Revolution programs, Batali is determined that kids know the difference between a real tomato and a potato and that they understand that kernels of corn in a can originally come from two or three ears that grow on a tall stalk with golden tassels. Batali's Foundation is friend and in partnership with the New York Botanical Gardens to insure that children appreciate eating fresh, local, organic and live as much as possible.Continued on the next page