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This weekend, our family attended the Doof-A-Palooza at the Google Headquarters in Mountain View, California. It was an amazing Fun Food celebration that allowed kids and their parents to learn about food through fun interactive events from growers, authors and chefs who shared their knowledge and passion.
Doof is an innovative television series for children aged six to eleven. Bound for public television, the show uses humor, science and music to teach youngsters about healthy eating and the joy of culinary exploration.
One of the highlights of the day was Co-Hosting our own pretend food show with Bay Cafe’s Joey Altman. We even got a copy of the DVD to bring home!
Other fun activities included:
- A cheese-smelling contest from the wonderful Cowgirl Creamery
- A art station that used vegetables instead of paint brushes – give it a try! You would be amazed at how well broccoli, carrots and celery work to apply paint and texture!
- Petting baby goats and learning how to make ice cream and yogurt from goat’s milk.
- Touching, “sea-ing” and tasting various types of sustainable seafoods.
- Learning how to roll Spring Rolls.
- Making our own apple sauce, pies and pizzas
- Making Bagel Faces with Mollie Katzen
As a person whose career is based on healthy cooking with children, it warmed my heart to see the Google Campus filled with families interested in celebrating food and cooking. It was also an amazing networking opportunity for me. Mollie Katzen gave me permission to use some of her recipes in What’s Cooking Weekly, our healthy menu planning service for families. And Michael, the founder of Doof, is interested in working with What’s Cooking in the future.
At the end of a long day, we were full…not just with delicious food, but with new ideas to try with our friends and students.