Children's cooking classes are popping up all over the country from upscale restaurants to local recreation centers. But before you sign up your child, ask about the level of difficulty (the best classes group kids by age), the amount of supervision (you want at least one adult for every six kids under age 8), and the degree of participation (some classes merely allow the kids to watch).
If you're in the area, check out the hot cooking classes below; for a listing of businesses that offer kids' classes nationwide, go to:
Equinox Restaurant, Washington, DC: In this boutique restaurant located a block from the White House, chef Todd Gray and his wife Ellen host healthy family cooking classes at least one Saturday per month. Adults and children, ages 3 and up, are taught separately-though the parents can check on the kids anytime they want. Recent children's' creations included almond butter and omelets. To register, call 202-331-8118 or log onto:
The New School, New York City: Look for holiday-themed classes for kids, such as "Moms and Kids Cook Together on Mother's Day." All classes are held in the state-of-the-art kitchen in this charming bed and breakfast. For more information, call (212) 255-4141 or go to: