Kids Cooking Classes Take Off At Luxury Resorts

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Esperanza's latest offering incorporates local culture: New this spring, kids can participate in a one-hour class to make and decorate chocolate cascarones, a Mexican tradition of confetti eggs filled with small toys or goodies.

While the majority of resort cooking classes are just an hour or two long, there are a few intensive programs for more serious chefs-in-training.

Blackberry Farm, a luxury inn in Tennessee's Great Smoky Mountains has one of the more comprehensive kids cooking programs. The inn offers cooking classes all year round through Camp Blackberry where the children pick produce from the garden and even cook over an open fire. Once every year the inn offers "Kids in the Kitchen," a three-day program under the instruction of cookbook author and instructor Helen DeFrance. Kids in the Kitchen will be held Aug. 4-7 in 2013.

The Essex Resort & Spa "Camp Cook" in Vermont offers kids programs ranging from two hours to one week. Kids who participate in the week-long program (which also includes farm visits, swimming and other out-side-the kitchen activities) go home with a book of recipes and a new chef's jacket.

And as long as parents remain interested in food and cooking as aspirational activities, Connors said, chances are these programs will continue to grow. "Foodie parents," she said "of which there are, in the age of the Food Network and Pinterest, so many, are simply much more inclined to want to encourage their kids to be foodies."

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