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Kids eat up Wegmans cooking classes

I am not a good cook. I'm average, at best, although, I do try. Still, I hope my kids are better in the kitchen. That's one of the reasons I was excited to take my daughter to a kids cooking class at Wegmans. We headed over to the store at 8270 Transit Road for a class on a Monday afternoon.

The class is for kids ages 4 and older. I brought Emma, 5, to see what it was all about. I also brought baby Ella to watch with me which made it a bit tough for me (I'd probably leave the baby home next time). Parents stay right in the room with the kids.

There were 12 kids there, ready to learn. And eat. The class was held in a small, private room near the food court, was taught by Chef Jeff and his assistant, Shaelene. Both were awesome. They made the kids feel comfortable, and were very funny.

The chef and his assistant made it fun for the kids. (Mary Friona-Celani/Special to The News)

There were two items on the menu. The first was a cucumber and salsa dip. Each child was given the ingredients, a paper plate, bowl and a plastic knife. They had to wear gloves, too.

Chef Jeff showed the kids what to do, and the little ones got busy. Shaelene helped the little ones having a tough time. They cut the cucumber, the celery and the cilantro. Then they added the cream cheese, lime juice, yogurt, and salt and mixed them all up.

The kids worked, and Chef Jeff talked about how important eating vegetables is and how trying new foods is fun. The kids were given some corn chips for their dip which they dug right into. They all seemed to love it.

Next up - a chicken taco. The kids were given their ingredients. They put the chicken, salsa, cilantro and lettuce into their tortilla, wrapped it up and ate it up.

The youngsters learned about healthy food choices, how fun it can be to help in the kitchen, and how everything seems to taste better when it's made with love. Each child went home with the recipes, a few fun coloring sheets and some extra confidence.

Kids learned to cook and also got a lesson on eating healthy. (Mary Friona-Celani/Special to The News)

It was a great experience that has made it into our home - Emma has helped in the kitchen for the past few days. We even made the dip together. I'd recommend the class for ages 5-10. Four might be a bit too young to sit still for that long. The class lasted an hour.

All Wegmans stores have different events on different days, so check with your store for more information. (The classes are not always on the website.)

Cost is $10 per child with shoppers club card and you do have to pre-register in person at your local store. Just go to the customer service desk.

Wegmans has movie nights, storytime, and plenty of other fun activities for kids all the time, so check it out. Many of their family-friendly events are free.

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