Earlier this summer I attended a wonderful food event at elm restaurant in New Canaan. It was part of their new series of evening workshops aimed adults. At the six course cheese and wine tasting workshop we tasted six delicious and interesting cheeses which were each expertly paired with wines. After tasting the cheese alone, then together with the wine, Chef Brian Lewis prepared a dish using that particular cheese. Every single thing was absolutely delicious, and it was a fun night out. The groups are limited to about 12 participants, so it was a very interactive evening with lots of good food and conversation, led by dynamic cheese expert Erin Hedley.
Elm has now announced workshops for children on Saturdays…see below for more details! If you haven’t been to elm—definitely check it out soon. They even have a brand new menu of signature cocktails to lure you in–although once you try the food, you won’t need any luring to go back! It’s delicious!
New Canaan, CT – Chef Brian Lewis of elm restaurant in New Canaan, CT launched “Lil Foodies” Saturday, May 11th, kicking off the farmer’s market and menu development workshop for children ages eight through fourteen, which will be held on the first Saturday of every month from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm.
Following Chef Brian’s philosophy of sourcing local, the monthly workshop, entitled “Lil Foodies,” gives kids a three-part immersion into seasonal fruits and vegetables and locally produced products: they explore a local farmer’s market, use the ingredients they find to help design elm’s revolving children’s menu, and dine with chef Brian.
Participants meet Chef Brian, and his wife Dana at the New Canaan Farmer’s Market for one on one demonstrations with local food artisans and farmers, before heading to elm’s kitchen for an interactive workshop, followed by a three course lunch made with ingredients they discovered at the market.
Using an idea board to brainstorm, the miniature chefs cultivate elm’s signature three-course “Lil Foodies” menu for the month, inspired by their favorite in season finds from the farmer’s market and composed of two dishes per course.
For ultimate bragging rights, the team name is branded on the header of the printed menus, with all of the individual participants listed on the reverse. The menus are posted in elm’s street side menu box, written on the restaurant’s chalkboard and of course, distributed to diners with children.
Each participant receives personalized foodie bags stuffed with treats like house-made jam, healthy muffins and elm t-shirts at the completion of their session. Parents can get additional