Palo Alto chef Cindy Roberts, who hosts private cooking parties and summer cooking camps for youth through her school La Toque de Cindy, says this is one of her favorite recipes. It’s simple to make, can be prepared days in advance and can easily serve a crowd. “The layout of the dish allows guests to get exactly what they want on each bite, as they apply their own cheese and tapenade to the cracker (see full article for more)
Roberts’ La Toque de Cindy California Culinary Experiences are geared to instill a love for cooking and eating. In her white chef’s jacket and toque — a professional’s tall hat with vertical folds for every dish she has mastered — Roberts holds contests and trivia quizzes, cooking games and raffle tickets to spice up her cooking sessions. She has offered themed classes such as the “Best of NY Times,” “Easy Peasy Meals for Younger Kids” and “Pizza and Pasta Pros.” She has guest instructors, Christmas cookie baking and a class for older teens, “Chocolate Challengers.” Read Whole Article Here
In keeping with that trend of greater variety, Chang has observed how a new type of specialty or “homegrown” camp has emerged. She described these as often being led by individuals who run a small, less-publicized operation and do it for the love of a particular activity or subject. She has seen more of these businesses crop up on ActivityHero, where camps can be posted for free. Donnelly said her kids have participated in camps like this before, including a chocolate cooking camp called La Toque de Cindy operating out of a Palo Alto home (which Chang’s daughter also attended) Read the full article.
Cindy and her two children were invited to compete on Guy’s Grocery Games, Family Style. See some of the shots from the tv appearance: the family profile, photo #3, and GGG’s “top moments“, photo #13. For complete video, contact La Toque directly.
PAWeekly showcased Cindy’s business, calling it “Easy as a Picnic in the Park”. They visited her home to write about her culinary adventures and how she uses seasonal ingredients to spice up her cooking classes.