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Going ?beyond chicken nuggets? at the NYC Wine & Food Festival

The New York City Wine & Food Festival will be on October 9 to 12, 2008. And I’m glad to read it’s not only for gastronomists and wine connoisseurs. There’s also something for parents concerned about their children’s health. What’s more, one of my favorite authors will actually be there. On 12 October is the one-and-a-half hour session entitled Beyond Chicken Nuggets: How to Raise a Healthy Eater. Problems with picky eaters? Daily food wars? This session might help you.

No less than my idol Alice Walters will make an appearance. Aside from authoring various cookbooks, Alice is the inventor of the Edible Schoolyard, a special project in Berkeley where children learn foodstuff gardening in order to teach the fast food generation the real value of slow natural food. Alice was recently interviewed by the New York Times health columnist Tara Hope Parker (who is hosting this session, by the way) about this unique project.

Another culinary celebrity to appear is Jessica Seinfeld, wife of Jerry Seinfeld, and author of “Deceptively Delicious: Simple Secrets to Get Your Kids Eating Good Food.”

Then there is Rachael Ray, TV host and bestselling cookbook author.

All these three ladies have one thing in common – they are strong advocates of healthy diet for children and families.

Last but not least, childhood experts, doctors and scientists will also be part of the panel that can answer your questions.

What a shame that I live so far away. Anybody living in the area planning to go?

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