Saratoga Wine and Food & Fall Ferrari 2011 – Marcus Samuelson Kids Cooking Seminar
Before the festival opened to all consumers, Marcus Samuelson opened the SPAC grounds early for a seminar specially designed to get children excited about cooking healthy, hearty food with an Italian heritage. Above all, Marcus noted that Italian food is known for honoring simple, fresh, and healthy ingredients, a perfect way to approach cooking for growing children.
Children and their parents were treated to a delightfully diverse sampling of Italian Cheeses that included Mozzarella di Bufala Campana, Dolomiten Konig and Grana Padano as well as a selection of amazingly flavorful Olive Oils which included DeMedici, Colonna Unfiltered Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Dell’Orto’s Lemon Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Alberto Galuffo’s Marracco Extra Virgin Olive Oil all served in beautiful Derruta Ceramics.
In his live cooking demonstration, Marcus showed kids that everything from pasta to pizza has roots in Italian cooking tradition, and that using fresh, easy ingredients, even they can make yummy, healthy food to share with the family. Marcus and the kids learned a little about where the dishes come from, before teaching them how to make traditional meatballs from scratch. Being Swedish, Marcus was hard pressed to reveal his favorite version of this popular dish, but did a great job representing the Italian delicacy for the kids.
Below, please find a video of Marcus with the kids:
Later, Marcus answered a few questions for the ITC about his philosophy for family cooking and how Italian flavors are a great way to incorporate healthy, full flavors in to every day family meals.
Images from the event:
Menus of olive oil and cheese served at the seminar: