When a half-dozen second-graders from a Brooklyn public school got a free seven-course meal courtesy of the New York Times Magazine, the publication naturally arranged to commit the whole thing to video to see what might transpire.
And at posh French restaurant Daniel — one of the best in the Big Apple — you know chef Daniel Boulud wasn't breaking out peanut butter and jelly for his young experimenters.
They were served:
- Maine lobster salad
- Smoked paprika cured hamachi with Ossetra caviar
- Squash ravioli with pork belly a la Plancha
- Crispy Japanese snapper
- Wagyu beef rib-eye
- Fraises et colquelicots and Velours d'abricot
- Lemon-scented Madeleines
Things started off a bit rough.
Some food the kids just weren't into.
In fact, upon receiving the first-course (Maine lobster salad), one diner can be heard saying, "I can't wait until we have dessert."
But Boulud was determined to help them "discover a lot of flavors."
And that included caviar in during second course; as you might expect, one young lady let loose with some "ewwws."
As the meal continued, however, the diners began finding new taste buds — by all accounts the snapper and rib-eye were hits.
And then of course, what person of any age wouldn't at least try a fine French dessert? The kids did indeed, scarfing down Daniel's lemon-scented Madeleines with gusto.
By the end, Boulud asked his guests if they loved their "delicious" pasta — and they replied with a practically-in-unison, "Ehhhhh."
"Well," the good-humored chef relented, "next time we do macaroni and cheese!"
Then cheers...and a final toast.
Check out the video, "Small Plates," by Jeffrey Blitz, director of Oscar-nominated documentary “Spellbound":
(H/T: New York Times)