Chicago-area kids invited to Palmer House for elegant lunch, etiquette lessons

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CHICAGO — The Culinary Kids Initiative honored 60 of the best and brightest school kids from around Chicago at the Palmer House. The initiative’s goal is educate kids about healthy eating choices. But this event, a luncheon fit for royalty, was all about preparing them for greatness.

City Clerk Susana Mendoza co-created the Culinary Kids Initiative a few years ago. The idea is to teach kids about making healthy choices when it comes to food, but on Tuesday it was about celebration.

The Palmer House pulled out all of the stops. They provided a free three-course meal prepared by the Palmer House’s award winning executive chef Stephen Henry.

All of it was served on the hotel’s historic 24-karat gold china that dates back to the late 1800s. Each of these place settings is valued at about $30,000.

The kids also learned about proper etiquette when it comes to fine dining.

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