Kids’ Cooking Challenge

Photo at Seasons by Atlantica, by Taste of NS on Twitter.

As part of our super fun March Break Junior Chefs Package, there have been a few kids’ cooking classes here at the hotel, taught by our executive chef Luis Clavel. We’ve opened up registration to any child that wants to participate, and we’ve got one class left: March 21 from 2-5pm. The cost is $25 plus taxes and are ideal for children ages 8-13!

Keeping in the spirit of teaching kids the joys of cooking and fostering a curiosity for what real ingredients look like and how to use them, we want to share a guest blog post today. This guideline for setting up a kids’ “black box” cooking challenge was put together by Luis’ wife Jackie Clavel.

Kids’ Black Box Cooking

We started playing “Black Box Cooking” because my child was interested in what her Daddy did when he was not home.  My husband is an executive chef who works long hours and competes in competitions all over the world.  This activity gives your child time to be creative, learn a little about a trade and gives you quality time together.  Black Box cooking competitions are real and can be very challenging even for the best chefs.

In this activity your child will be given multiple edible items and dishes to create their own mouthwatering dish for you to taste and judge.  Remember when it is all said and done you will have to take at least one bite of the creation to show your support and encouragement. Choose your items carefully!

Required Materials: Whatever food and dishes you decide are adequate for your child to use unsupervised.  

Time for activity: This activity should only take about five minutes for the parents to prepare and about 15 -30 minutes for the child depending on their age and what ingredients they have.

Location: This activity would normally take place in your kitchen as everything you need is already there.

How To:

Clear the table; gather your ingredients and join us in a step by step on how to create a black box cooking experience for your child.

Step 1: Gather your equipment and ingredients

 In this step the parent(s) selects the ingredients and dishes that they wish the child to use.  When we play this game at home we change the ingredients every time to make it interesting.  It is often fun to include items from your own garden if you have one as it brings a different element into the activity.  For this particular Black Box we used the following ingredients:


  • Corn Flakes
  • Pistachios
  • Sunflower Seeds
  • Blueberry Greek Yogurt
  • Canadian Maple Syrup
  • Cinnamon
  • Fresh peaches and blueberries recently picked on an outing
  • Mango
  • A saucer and spoon for displaying the creation along with a napkin for clean-up.

Step 2: Collect the chef and introduce them to the ingredients

At this stage it is fun to let your child dress-up for the part if they wish.  When introducing them to the ingredients let them tell you what they are.  You can even ask them if they know where that food comes from or how it grows.

Step 3: The chef begins to create

It is nice to give the child some space at this point.  Find something to do while your child is having fun creating a wonderful dish for you to try.  The only rule is safety comes first.  If you want, you can change it up and tell them the goal is to use all the ingredients in the one dish.

Step 4: The masterpiece is completed

When your child is done their creation they will be very excited to show you what they have created.

Step 5: The parent(s) get to judge the food

It is fun to pretend you are a real food judge in a competition.  Ask your child to describe what they have created.  Then taste in small bites, savor the flavor, and give feedback.  If your child is anything like mine, they will want to sample the creation also.                                               

Final Thoughts:

Black Box started as a way for my husband and daughter to spend time together and teach her about what he does for a living.  It is now helping her learn about different foods, how they grow, and helping her experience different ingredients.  Whether or not you have a professional chef in the house; this is a great activity for any child if they love to learn and be creative.  Why not help them do that and learn some life skills at the same time.  Please tell us what great creations your children come up with.  After your first Black Box experience please post your pictures so we can all see what your child has created.

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Are you ready for Burger Week?


We’re happy to share that we’ll be taking part in The Coast’s Burger Week this year, at Seasons by Atlantica! The event is bigger than ever, with over 60 participating restaurants. We’ll be involved in two ways, first, with the offering of our official #HFXBurgerWeek burger, created by Luis, which is called the Long Yard. It’s comprised of a six-inch spiced lamb loaf, homemade lamb peameal bacon, labneh, compressed cucumber and watercress on pan fried focaccia bread. Yum. The price is $16, plus tax, $5 of which will be donated to FEED Nova Scotia! Burger Week starts on March 19; read a full list of participants here.

The second way we’re involved with Burger Week is that we’ll be a stop on the Burger Bus delicious burger tour! Taste Halifax has partnered with The Coast to offer a tour around town stopping at select Burger Week venues to taste their burgers and sample local beer, before Burger Week has even started! This event will sell out SUPER fast, read more about it here. The Burger Bus starts on March 6.

Happy Burger Week, everyone!

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Culinary 101: Healthy Eating


CULINARY 101 is back! Join us for the third class, hosted by executive chef Luis Clavel. Luis is a member of Culinary Team Canada, and has a passion for teaching and training. All levels of expertise are welcome, especially beginners. Learn from one of the best chefs in the country!

February 21, 2015

3pm to 5pm




$25 per person (plus applicable taxes)

For reservations or inquiries: or 902.490.3366

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Dine Around 2015



The best deals of the year can happen during Dine Around. What a great excuse to get out of the house and try some of the best food Halifax has to offer! Our three-course prix fixe menu is just $35 plus HST. Whether you’re a regular or have never visited Seasons by Atlantica, February is the time to come enjoy the delectable menu designed by our executive chef Luis Clavel, member of Culinary Team Canada.

Dine Around – February 2015

Choice of one selection from each course, $35 plus applicable taxes 


B’s Caesar Salad 

Grilled baby romaine served with

prosciutto ham, poached elephant garlic emulsion, crumbled egg yolk

and Parmesan on toasted focaccia


Buttermilk marinated squid, served with

fried harissa mayonnaise and creamy feta sauce



Shrimp curry pasta 

4 pan fried shrimp in a coconut green curry sauce

served with udon noodles and garnished with crumbled egg, spicy panko crumbs

7 oz Short Rib 

Twenty-four hour braised beef short rib, roasted fingerlings, wild mushroom sauté, arugula salad



Peanut butter cheesecake 

Cream cheese peanut custard stuffed with

praline chocolate ganache, salted caramel sauce

and vanilla bean ice cream

Frozen (Gluten Free) 

Raspberry, coconut and lychee sorbets

served with house made garnishes and sauces


Call Seasons to make reservations! 902-490-3331

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Food and romance


This year, our executive chef Luis Clavel has spared no expense in putting together the most romantic menu possible. Enjoy what he calls an “aphrodisiac food experience” with the special person in your life, discovering the true link between food and romance. Our cozy, picturesque dining room with floor to ceiling windows provides the perfect backdrop for an engaging dinner for two.

-Aphrodisiac Food Experience-

Valentine’s Day 2015

Saturday, February 14

5pm until 10pm


Artisanal homemade breads, artichoke mascarpone fondue, homemade butter


Smoked oyster 

Coconut lobster royalè, fennel sorbet, finger limes


Striped prawn terrine

Chorizo consommé, avocado ball, prawn foam, cilantro


Olive oil and vanilla shooter



Roasted strip loin, egg ravioli, confit hedgehog mushrooms

“A la plancha” short rib, celeriac bread pudding, watercress 



Tempered chocolate chunk, chai gelato, marshmallow kisses, banana clafouti, deep fried homemade Oreos

$150 per couple

Taxes and gratuities not included

 Call Seasons to reserve 902-490-3331

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