Fact: being a parent in the restaurant industry is challenging. The hours are long and the work is hard, but what better way for a chef or restaurateur to share their passion for cooking and community than with their children? With Mother’s Day coming up, we’ll be celebrating inspiring moms in the industry.
Today, Francine Stephens, owner of the beloved Franny’s restaurant in Brooklyn, tells us all about educating her kids, finding balance, and her perfect Mother’s Day Sunday.
What’s the most important thing you’re teaching your kids about food?
First and foremost, we try and teach our children that healthy and balanced eating is truly necessary for a productive and happy life; that the things in life that are important to them right now like baseball and playing with their friends are not possible without health and strength, and that what we eat plays a big role in our well-being. We want our kids to understand that eating the full spectrum of foods—from spinach to ice cream (and not just ice cream!)—creates a healthy diet.
Additionally, through our actions and conversations, we are constantly talking about the fact that foods are alive and thus seasonal; that as sad as my kids are to see snap peas go away, they shouldn’t worry, eggplant parmigiano is on the way.