Firstly, a "Lesson Plan" is provided bytheWeek of Tastes to the class teacher. Its aim is to take the students through a series of fun exercises which will:
Enrich a child's vocab by creating a new lexicon for taste
Discover how all 5 senses are used to appreciate food
Teach how to discern sweet, sour, salty, bitter and umami
Develop a positive attitude towards tasting new foods
Encourage curiosity, thinking and analytical skills when eating
Secondly, each class will be visited by a chef, baker or pastry chef from their community. These visits will help the children develop an appreciation for the origin of the food, how it is prepared, its taste as well as hear about the life of someone with a passion for food.
B. WEEK OF TASTES MENU at your local restaurant
Following the successful program in Europe, restaurants will be offering a Week of Tastes Menu. This special menu will introduce children and their family to the chef's take on "taste and balancing flavours" by offering some of their favourite dishes.
Many restauarants also invite the children into their kitchens to help prepare their Week of Tastes Menu.
C. FOOD EVENTS AND FESTIVALS
Community festivals and food events can offer taste lessons and cooking classes to teach children how food is grown, prepared and tastes.