DooF-a-Palooza

From Lisa Barnes

DooF a what?  Well “DooF” is food spelled backwards.  It is also the title of a new cooking and food show for kids to be launched on public television in 2009.  The show aimed at 6 – 11-year-olds is a fast paced, up beat television series designed to transform the way kids eat by making food fun.  The show has a playful style combining live action, music, humor, animation, cooking and science to entertain young viewers while introducing them to a wide variety of healthy foods and encouraging positive eating habits.

As both a fundraiser and to increase awareness, DooF-a-Palooza was an event that was created by Doof producers and Google food programs for a day of families, food and fun.  This past weekend was the second annual event held in Mountain View, California at Google headquarters.  I was overwhelmed by Google itself and the food programs/service which include over one dozen restaurants and an on-site organic garden.  (And it’s all free to the employees).  Plus they only use produce and meats raised within 150 miles of the their campus.

I was invited as a “sourcerer” – which meant creating a food activity for kids.  Why not go for parfaits?!  It was simple, yet one of the more popular activities with kids and adults.  The big fun for kids was using the fun tongs, picks and scoops to grab and sprinkle fresh blueberries, dried cranberries, and toasted o’s cereal and plop them on top of organic plain whole milk yogurt.  If you wondered what you missed (put it on your calendar next year), here were some of my (and my kids’) favorite activities and foods:

Charles Chocolates – invited kids to “paint” a chocolate lollipop

Strauss Creamery – showed kids how to make butter (by kicking an ice cream maker that looked like a soccer ball.

Blue Moon Organics – showcased their sustainable and local strawberries with strawberry popsicles made by Google chefs (so good!)

Veritable Vegetable– showed kids how to plant their own beans to nurture and sprout at home.  After only 3 days we’ve already got growth!

Hippy Gourmet TV – baked vegan cookies in a solar oven

4H – petting zoo with chickens and goats

Original Google Chef Charlie Ayers – shared the Google pizza oven and let the kids make their own pizza

There were over 2000 people in attendance and everyone seemed to be having a good time. It’s amazing how much fun food really can be.

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See also Lisa’s Shopping With Children
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Lisa Barnes
is author of The Petit Appetit Cookbook: Easy, Organic Recipes to Nurture Your Baby and Toddler and lives in Sausalito, California.

Images Credit: Google
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