Chefs Welcome Kids to Their Restaurants


With Crystal and Chef Jason Dady at Two Bros BBQ in San Antonio

One of the best things about writing a book on a topic that concerns many people is having an opportunity to meet those people, and passionately discuss the issue. Since publishing “My Two-Year-Old Eats Octopus: Raising Children Who Love to Eat Everything” last November, I have traveled to many cities around the country , talking to parents, grandparents, teachers and caregivers about the kids in their lives, and what those kids are eating.

If I’m really lucky, these gatherings involve food and chefs, as they welcome families into their restaurants and encourage the kids to try dishes beyond the standard “kid’s menu.”

Last week, I was in San Antonio for a charity/ promotional event to support the Library Foundation of San Antonio. It was held at Two Bros BBQ, owned by chef/ parent Jason Dady and his wife Crystal. They have three young children, including a month-old son, who love to eat. The group at Two Bros loved Jason’s fabulous bar-be-que, complete with side dishes and berry cobbler. And a special treat? Smoked baby octopus, which was really a hit with the kids in attendance.

I attended a similar chef lunch back in January at Fat Hen restaurant on John’s Island, South Carolina, hosted by another dad chef, Fred Neuville. His five children, all adopted from foster care about nine years ago, came to him not knowing that fresh vegetables even existed. “And now they are all involved in the restaurant and in gardening,” Neuville told me. The fabulous spread at Fat Hen included Hoppin’ John, grilled octopus, corn chowder and garlic spinach. And yes, the kids loved it!

On May 12, I’m looking forward to another chef dinner, this time at Michel Richard Citronelle, flagship restaurant of the famed Michelin star French chef. Fine dining out with young kids? “Yes!” says Chef Richard. “We often have children in Citronelle dining with their parents, and we welcome them.” They even have high chairs available! If you’re in the DC area, please plan to join us.

Cordially invites you to a

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Why Are So Many Kids Picky Eaters?
Author Nancy Tringali Piho asks everyone from chefs to medical researchers to “foodie” parents how we can best teach our children to appreciate a variety of foods and flavors.
“Getting your kids to eat the foods you want them to eat is not so much an issue of nutrition, or fancy cooking, or even a psychological battle-of-wills, as it is a simple issue of taste. The concept of ‘flavor’ is something that can be taught.”
A funny, serious and clever approach to introducing children to the foods adults eat, it offers sound nutrition, and draws on direct research with chefs and other food and health professionals.
The book offers parents and food-lovers an invitation to take the time for a thoughtful look at what they can do for themselves and the children in their lives.

Viognier, “Sainte Fleur,” Domaine Triennes, France 2007
Chardonnay, Thomas Henry Winery, Russian River Valley 2006
Cabernet-Syrah, Granfort, France 2007
Brachetto d’Acqui, “Passione,” Coppo, Italy 2006
Adults: $95
Kids Under 12: $37
Books will be available for purchase at the event $15

RSVP to: or 202.625.2150
Space is limited; reservations taken on a first-come, first-served basis.
This dinner was originally schedeuled and cancelled during the blizzard of 2010. Hope you can join us again at this time.

3000 M STREET NW | 20007


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