I started RootDown LA because I seemed to have a knack at getting even the most stubborn eaters to eat their veggies. I never expected, the kids would start coming back at me one day, forcing me to the eat veggies that make MY nose crinkle. Last month, Chopin put some bitter veggie on a plate and laughed his head off when I tasted, then promptly spit it out. Everyone else liked it and they weren't tolerating my resistance, "EAT IT!" they shouted at me. I couldn't bring myself to do it (so thank GOD I instituted the rule early on - if you REALLY don't like it, you can spit it out).
Then last week, I was handed a plate from a cooking class at Nuevo South. Sitting at the edge of the plate were cooked carrots (NOT a favorite, thanks to bad Thanksgiving carrots I ate growing up in Ohio). My nose crinkled again. I figured I could choke down the carrots less I offend some of the new students that day. Wow. Was I surprised. The carrots were simply blanched and perfectly seasoned. I wolfed them down and found myself wanting more but alas, all the students had eaten them up before I could have seconds.
That's what happens here at RootDown LA - we're changing minds about nasty veggies - one beet, carrot, onion and nasty (still unknown to me?) bitter cucumber-looking veggie at a time.