Second graders’ first experience of Fine Dining is a $220 seven course Epicurean Delight, all caught on video.
One Saturday afternoon last month, six second graders from P.S. 295 in Brooklyn got a head start on the fine-dining life when they visited the acclaimed French restaurant Daniel.
There, five waiters presented them with a seven-course tasting menu (after the trio of canapés and an amuse-bouche, naturellement). The meal was overseen by the star chef and eponym himself, Daniel Boulud, whose goal was, he says, “for the children to really discover a lot of flavor, a lot of layers, a lot of texture.” These discoveries included Smoked Paprika Cured Hamachi (the “most-foreign thing for them,” Boulud says), Crispy Japanese Snapper (“which they loved to see”) and Wagyu Beef Rib-Eye (“a big success”).
To capture the children’s reactions, Jeffrey Blitz (director of the Oscar-nominated documentary “Spellbound”) was tasked to make a video. The initiates seemed to enjoy the experience, but that isn’t to say they loved all those flavors and textures.
At one point, after tasting a custom-made nonalcoholic cocktail, 7-year-old Chester Parish said: “This is, like, the only good course. It’s yummy.”
There’s no beating personal taste, using any words!