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Tykesgiving

Last Saturday my family and I had the pleasure of working with the Wolf x Friends and Nibble and Squeaks, “Tykesgiving” at Ai Fiori, one of Manhattan’s top restaurants located in the heart of the city, Midtown East. Nibble+squeak teamed up with WOLF + FRIENDS to host an inclusive and sensory-friendly Michelin-starred meal for families.

This event was extra special because it was meant to bring awareness to the WOLF + FRIENDS mission, which is to create an informative, imaginative and inclusive shopping experience that will give parents the unique opportunity to design a lifestyle that will match where their child is in their development. The challenges associated with sensory processing disorders, autism, and other developmental differences make it especially hard for so many families to enjoy dining out so the idea was to design a restaurant experience that all families could enjoy, whatever the behavioral or sensory challenges their children exhibit. The event helped raise awareness about the needs of these children and their families in a beautiful, inspiring, and compassionate environment.

Lights were dimmed, music was low and there was a designated area for sensory retreat as well as activities for all children to enjoy. The private event was a judgement-free zone, designed to put all parents at ease about the restaurant experience for their children. The menu featured turkey, salmon, and Chef Michael White’s signature hand-made pasta and an array of delicious sides such as Brussel sprouts and squash.

It is always so nice to be able to meet and connect with other NYC families while enjoying a nice meal at a restaurant that we typically as parents would be unable to enjoy unless we had a sitter and then would need to leave the kids behind. As a working mom this is especially nice for me since there are weeks where my free time is limited, so if Eric and I are able to have a nice date and spend quality time with our girls its a win-win for all. I am a big advocate for what Nibble + Squeak is creating which is a dining club for Toddlers which is why my team and I have decided to sponsor all the upcoming events for 2018. We will continue to share them all here with you as well!

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