SECOND GRADERS ACQUIRE TASTE FOR FINE DINING


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!

Six second graders from P.S. 295 in Brooklyn were treated to dinner at Daniel, where the seven-course tasting menu goes for $220 a person.
Six second graders from P.S. 295 in Brooklyn were treated to dinner at Daniel, where the seven-course tasting menu goes for $220 a person.