Just when we were warming up to the idea of bringing our tots to eat at fancy restaurants, a new initiative for slightly older children is taking seed: bring them to some of New York’s most reputable dining establishments… and leave them there to share a meal among peers. Through Kid’s Table, kiddos between the ages of 7 and 14 are invited to dine at upscale restaurants including Blue Hill and Per Se on April 26th — without their parents. And while Per Se’s vegetable tasting menu traditionally costs $325.00 per person (seriously), tickets for all of these kid-friendly meals are sold at $30.00. Kid’s Table is the brainchild of Danish restaurateur and chef Claus Meyer. Meyer is a co-founder of Noma, consistently ranked as one of the best restaurants in the world. While Meyer has been holding Kid’s Table events for five years in Denmark, this will be the first attempt at expanding the culinary horizons of kids in America. Although each of the twelve participating restaurants are crafting their own menus, each will include three seasonal ingredients: rhubarb, turnips, and lamb (as vegans, we wish they’d ditch the meat offering). Kid’s Table says that they will work with restaurants to accommodate any allergies or dietary restrictions, however. For parents curious as to why they can’t get a ticket to these culinary hotspots to enjoy delicacies alongside their kiddos, Meyer has a simple answer: “Kids are much more courageous and attentive than at a normal family meal” at these events and are more likely to try adventurous foods when they aren’t under their parents’ watchful eyes. Too bad for you, Mom and Dad; you are relegated to waiting outside while the kiddos dine in style with restaurant staff and Kid’s Table representatives attending to their needs. Profits from the event will go toward a charity selected by each restaurant, and Meyer’s Melting Pot Foundation, which is currently working to establish a culinary school and cafe in Brownsville, a neighborhood in Brooklyn.
Lead image © Martin Kaufmann via Kid’s Table