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Iron Kids

I’ve always wanted to be on one of those shows like Top Chef or Iron Chef.

Of course it would be fun to compete, but I know I’m not anywhere close to that level. No, I’d want to be a judge. Or better yet, one of the people who get to eat the food, the people who’s time to eat starts when the chefs’ time to cook and prepare and plate has run out. Those people get to enjoy some amazing food, made under some special challenge or constraint, prepared by some of the best chefs in the business.

Now’s your chance. (And check out a special offer for Kakao fans below.)

On Monday, September 19, you’ll have the opportunity to sample food created by five teams comprising some of the best chefs in town and a team of children from the Discovering Options after-school program. Each team has been planning, creating and testing their dishes — which are all culinarily elevated versions of familiar children’s meals like spaghetti, hot dogs and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.

Kakao has been supporting Discovering Options for as long as we’ve been in business. Discovering Options helps at-risk children in St. Louis Public Schools through mentoring and comprehensive after school programs that encourage family involvement.

In short, they make a big difference for a lot of kids.

In addition to the Iron Kids competition and samples of the chef/kid creations, you’ll also get appetizers provided by Home Wine Kitchen (the hot new restaurant down the street from Kakao Maplewood), wine samples from Chaumette Vineyard & Winery, cheese samplings from Whole Foods Market and food-themed live and silent auctions. And a Build A Bark station with Kakao Chocolate.

The event will be held on Monday, September 19 from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Third Degree Glass Factory, 5200 Delmar in St. Louis. Tickets are $100, and you can purchase them online at

As a special for Kakao fans, if you buy the tickets through either of our shops, we’ll give you a 25-piece box of truffles as a thank you. For each ticket you purchase. That’s $39 worth of chocolate, which brings your ticket price down to $61. Which is a pretty great deal to sample some of the most creative food around.