Kids cook

Illustration By Mark Stivers

School’s out, and let me guess—your kids are antsy. When you tire of repeating, “Why don’t you go play out in the yard?” or “Only boring people get bored,” then it’s time to sign them up for an activity of some sort. How about the culinary camp offered at the Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op for kids ages 9 to 15? They’ll tackle American, French, Indian and Mexican menus, making fare like brine-roasted chicken, berry shortcakes, potato gratin with Gruyère, Hawaiian shaved ice, mango lassis and homemade tamales. The classes run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. each day, and as a bonus, when they finish the class, you have an automatic answer to the “I’m bored” plaints: “Well, then, please go whip me up a mango lassi. Then make dinner.” That solves two problems at once. The session from July 7-11 is sold out, but the August 4-8 session still has room (registration is $275, or $225 for Co-op owners). To register, call (916) 455-2667.