When I was a kid, I went to summer camp. We swam in a lake, made lanyards, and sang campfire songs. The food was awful, with the opportunity to roast marshmallows being the culinary high point of the summer. But not today’s foodie kids. These youngsters are going to cooking camp at Sur la Table.

Week-long courses are offered for kids as young as eight, and students can choose between Fun in the Kitchen 101 and Basic Pastry and Baking. In two-and-a-half-hour sessions, students learn how to make Thai green curry, fruit galettes, chicken paillard, and stuffed focaccia.

I think I was 30 before I made my first Thai green curry.

But if you want your 12-year-old to be able to whip you up a nice teriyaki grilled salmon with orange soba noodle salad for dinner when you get home from a long day at the office, you know where to send him or her.

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