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September 13, 2017, is National Kids Take Over the Kitchen Day. This day was created by the Young Chefs Academy. Children and teens are encouraged to help their parents prepare and plan the day’s meals. This is a great way for children to learn about nutrition and healthy eating habits. Below are some spots to take cooking classes in New Jersey.

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Young Chefs Academy in Marlboro is a cooking school for children. They offer classes, camps, workshops, parties and field trips. For more information, call 732-536-7777.

Ridgewood Culinary School in Ridgewood offers sessions for adults and children. Registration is continuous and walk-in classes are available. Their other services include community service, private parties, birthday parties, business team building and private cooking demonstrations. For more information, call 201-447-2665.

Classic Thyme Cooking School in Westfield offers a diverse selection of classes including culinary basics, advanced cake decorating and themed classes like Italian boot camp, knife skills, holiday baking and couples classes. Many classes are for all ages. For more information, call 908-232-5445.

Kitchen Kapers in Moorestown offers adult and child classes. They also offer private lessons, birthday parties and team building activities. For more information, call 856-778-7705.

September 13 is also International Chocolate Day, Fortune Cookie Day and National Peanut Day.

For similar celebrations, check out Today in NJ: National Personal Chef Day and Today in NJ: National Cooking Day.


Today in NJ, 2016: Celiac Awareness Day

September 13, 2016, is Celiac Awareness Day.  Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder where eating gluten (a protein in wheat, rye and barley) damages the small intestine. This is celebrated on September 13 because it is the birthday of Dr. Samuel Gee. He published the first modern description of the picture of celiac disease.

He was also the first one to see the connection between celiac disease and diet. Gee said, “if the patient can be cured at all, it must be by means of diet.” To celebrate, get a gluten free meal at one of the restaurants listed below.

La Riviera Trattoria in Clifton offers traditional Italian cuisine as well as gluten free options. Their hours are Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm and 4:30 pm to 9:00 pm, Friday from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm and 4:30 pm to 10:00 pm, Saturday from 4:30 pm to 10:00 pm and Sunday from 2:00 pm to 8:00 pm. For more information, call 973-478-4181.

Wildflour Cafe in Lawrenceville serves gluten free breakfast, brunch and lunches such as crepes, soups, salads, smoothies, breads and desserts. They are open Tuesday through Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Saturday from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm and Sunday from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. For more information, call 609-620-1100.

Bella Vida Garden Cafe in Cape May serves breakfast all day, lunch and dinner plus gluten free and vegetarian options. The hours are Sunday through Wednesday from 7:30 am to 3:00 pm and Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 7:30 am to 9:00 pm.

Pasta Pomodoro in Voorhees is an Italian and Gluten free restaurant. They are open Monday through Thursday from 11:00 am to 9:30 pm, Friday and Saturday from 11:00 am to 10:30 pm and Sunday from 11:00 am to 9:30 pm. For more information, call 856-782-7430.


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