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Monday, July 15, 2024


Kids cooking show comes to Cape May

By Jim Vanore

The Kids Can Cook TV show will be on location at the Victorian Lace Inn in Cape May, July 7, when they will cook up a great breakfast with local children, 8 to 12 years old.
Kids Can Cook began in 1991, the brainchild of Sylvia Garson, the show’s producer who claims the distinction of having been Walter Cronkite’s cook.
The basic goal of Kids Can Cook is to reach out to children from many cultures by incorporating food from their respective countries and cultures.
The program is a vehicle to teach proper nutrition, build a social exchange, and create a learning experience in an entertaining format.
But there’s more to it than that.
“We do want to get kids to appreciate other cultures,” Garson said in a recent telephone interview, “but we also are trying to raise funding for under-privileged kids from Immokalee Community School in Florida.”
Recently, while talking to corporate people at Foot Locker, Inc., Garson met Dennis DeFanctis, director of global distribution for “Pastry,” a division of Run Athletics, Inc, an athletic shoe company.
“Pastry has generously volunteered to supply shoes for every student at Immokalee,” Garson said. “That’s about 220 pairs of shoes!”
The Kids Can Cook TV show has lent a hand to other projects, including the Ronald McDonald House, Children’s Hospital, as well as Brightest Horizons Child Development Center in Florida.
The program, now a federal trademark, has been part of New York cable TV for many years, airing there on Channel 34 every Sunday at 9:30 a.m.
The Cape May taping will involve local children cooking at the Victorian Lace Inn. The cooking segment itself will tape early in the afternoon of July 7, but afterward, Garson and her crew end their session at the Washington Street Mall.
“We should be at the end of the mall near the (Star of the Sea) church by 4;30-5 p.m.,” she said. “We want to wrap up the segment by thanking the people of Cape May. This is such a beautiful place; we’re excited to be able to tape a show here.”
As an independent producer working with children, Garson also concentrates on other areas, most notably a documentary she intends to make on macular degeneration—an eye disease that affects her own family, and can begin in childhood.
Anyone wishing to donate to the Kids Can Cook fundraisers can e-mail Garson at

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