Cooking at Henrietta's

eggs.jpgToday, Lindsey shares kudos for the kid's cooking classes at Henrietta's Table. Read on for Lindsey's thoughts, as well as to learn how to win a complimentary cooking class for your child at Henrietta's Table next month:

One cold Saturday last February I took my 7-year-old daughter to "cooking school" at Henrietta's Table in Harvard Square. Neither of us knew what to expect. Chairs and a big demonstration table were set up in the light-filled private room off the main Henrietta's dining room. The kids in the room varied in age from 6 to about 10. Parents had a choice of staying to watch or leaving to enjoy lunch at 10% off (or, in my case, to sit and drink a cup of tea and write, thanks to the hotel's wireless!). The classes run from 12:30 to 2:00 and I stayed for the opening introductory minutes, ducked out to write, then poked my head in to watch for the last half hour.
Chef Davis made homemade chicken stock and pasta with the kids. During the last half hour, the kids were just finishing up their soup, which was ladled into bowls for each child to enjoy. The main demonstration table had been broken into individual tables of 5-6 children, and the chef and other helpers from Henrietta's roamed around the room, talking to the kids. As I had been at the outset of the lesson, I was impressed by Chef Davis's warmth and ease with the children, and the way that he made them comfortable with all sorts of ingredients and kinds of cooking. Parsnips alongside the more familiar carrots? Great. A chicken carcass and bones to make stock? Sure thing. Hand rolling pasta? Awesome!

At the end of the class each child left with a container of soup and the recipe, as well as a warm stomach and tangible sense of accomplishment. To this day, Grace insists that she has never had soup so good. The kid's cooking classes at Henrietta's Table are a great way to spend a cold Saturday -- fun and educational at the same time. Lesson are $20 per child and run from February 5 - 26 this year. Definitely check it out; if you're lucky, perhaps the classes will inspire your child to cook (or help prepare) your next family meal!

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Congrats to winner Michelle!
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Now, want to win a complimentary cooking class at Henrietta's Table next month*? Here's how:


  • Hop on over and check out the cooking class schedule, and e-mail with "Henrietta's" in the subject line, indicating which class you'd love to have your child try.

  • Local residents only; one entry per person.

  • Entry period closes at midnight EST, Friday, January 28, 2011.

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    *One lucky child will receive a complimentary class of their choice at Henrietta's Cooking Classes for Kids (February 2011 session).

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