Bala Cynwyd fourth-grader heads to the White House

September 1, 2012 by  

For kids like Bala Cynwyd’s Evan Clark, the kitchen is no place for child’s play and it is all about getting down to serious business.

Nine-year-old Evan’s creative recipe for a healthy lunchtime meal led to him being invited to the White House in mid-August, along with 53 other children from around the country. At the White House, Evan got to meet the First Lady, Mrs. Obama, as well as Sam Cass, the chef at the White House. President Obama also made an appearance, which was a surprise for all the invited guests.

The recipe that won Evan and his mom an invitation to dinner at the White House was a creative twist on falafel – a falafel wrap. Evan’s falafel recipe has a bit of a kick, thanks to the addition of cayenne and a number of herbs and spices. He decided to use a multi-grain tortilla instead of the traditional pita bread.

During the event, the Bala Cynwyd native got to have his picture taken with Mrs. Obama. The meal for the dinner included a number of recipe winners, including sloppy joes made with cabbage and zucchini fries.

Evan inherited his love for cooking from his mother, Jami Fisher, who has been cooking since she was a young person too. She says she learned to cook when she became a vegetarian at the age of 13. The two might consider looking into the services offered by printing companies in Bala Cynwyd to produce a cookbook highlighting Evan’s winning recipe.