On weekends, Michelle Wachsmann’s kitchen is buzzing with activity. Her kitchen is also her business, Kidalicious, where she teaches children about food safety, safe food handling and how to cook healthy meals. “We always go over kitchen safety and safe food handling first,” Wachsmann explained to First Selectman Ellen Scalettar who recently visited the one-year old business.
The First Selectman has been visiting local businesses to highlight them as part of the “Shop Woodbridge, Dine Woodbridge, Try Woodbridge” campaign. The visits are designed to create a stronger bond between Town Hall and the Town’s business community and to foster economic development in Woodbridge. Additionally, the Town’s Economic Development Commission has been inviting new and expanding businesses to its monthly meetings in order to learn about those businesses and why they chose Woodbridge.
Wachsmann has no professional background in cooking. “I’m a lawyer, like you,” she told Scalettar. Wachsmann was born and raised in the Dominican Republic where her grandparents resettled during the Holocaust. She gave up the law to become a stay-at-home mom. “I love cooking and wanted to make a business out of my passion,” she said. “One of my motivations was that I was never allowed in the kitchen. I taught myself and wanted my kids to know how to cook and eat healthy.”
Her children, 11-year-old Camila and 8-year-old Daniel, frequently attend the classes. This fall, Kidalicious is offering two-hour classes to students between the ages of 7 and 13 for five weeks starting on September 20. During each class, after reviewing safety information, the students cook a full meal. At the end of the meal they all sit down at Wachsmann’s large kitchen table to eat together.
“The kids are really proud and happy to try the food,” Wachsmann says. Students also take home samples and brochures that include the recipes they’ve used for the day. Meals are thematic and Wachsmann likes using different cultures, seasons and holidays to create menus.
Scalettar commended Wachsmann for her focus on safety and reading and understanding food label information. “It’s an important life skill,” Wachsmann agreed.
For more information, contact Michelle@kidalicious.com or visit the Kidalicious Facebook page at Facebook.com/Kidalicious.