Family Dinner, Remixed
What did you have for dinner last night? Did you whip it up from scratch, or were there boxes involved? Did you sit at the table, or in front of the TV? I’m not one to judge. I don’t even own a dining room table (my apartment is so small, I declared victory when I found a suitably sized TV tray), and my husband and I can often be found rooting on the Yankees over a bowl of pasta and a glass of New York’s finest.
Whether that’s tap water or a pint of local brew, I’ll let you decide.
New York City is a tough place to indulge in the idyllic family dinner; our apartments are small, our kids are as busy as we are, and especially in the summer, it can get so hot that it makes it seem perfectly reasonable to splurge on dinner out–if only to soak in someone’s air conditioning while they feed us. Like I said: no judgment. So wouldn’t it be nice not only to sit down with your entire family, but to sit down with a community of like-minded families for a three-course meal prepared by some of the city’s best chefs, in one of the city’s best gardens? Yeah, I think so, too. And that’s just what you can do–twice this July and twice again in August in the Ruth Rea Howell Family Garden.
As part of The Edible Garden, ‘Family Dinners with Mario Batali’s Chefs‘ are dining experiences for families in the kid-friendly Family Garden. Explore “Mario Batali’s Kitchen Gardens,” a robust and interactive space filled with beds of vegetables and herbs used at Mario’s restaurant kitchens; participate in hands-on gardening and craft activities; and then sit back and enjoy live cooking demonstrations by Mario’s top chefs in the outdoor Whole Foods Market Family Garden Kitchen. Featuring recipes with fresh, seasonal ingredients like those grown in “Mario Batali’s Kitchen Gardens,” the entire family is sure to enjoy this special evening together. Programming is geared for kids aged four to 12.
On July 15, Casa Mono‘s Anthony Sasso and Tarry Lodge‘s Andy Nusser will be on hand while you and your kids dine on pulled-from-the-garden veggies and gazpacho, ribeye steaks with herb salsa verde and so much more (including dessert!), all paired with teas and wines. We don’t have the menus for the other three dinners yet, but they’re sure to be equally delicious! Tickets to this “priceless” family dinner are selling fast, so be sure to get yours now at PRICELESSNY.com!