Let's face it: every member of the family seems to have a schedule that is full from first thing in the morning until the end of the day. We are not just talking about the parents, either. Even though kids are out of school, between organized sports, friend's birthdays, vacation bible school, and early rehearsals and practices for fall activities, it is no wonder it seems like weeks can go by before you are all in the same place at the same time. That is why it is important to take advantage of that time when you can by going out for a family friendly dinner at a casual fine dining restaurant.
The reason why a family dinner out is a great suggestion is because it is something that you already have to do. Regardless of how busy anyone's schedule is, by the end of the day, they are going to take the time to have dinner. The frustrating mistake that parents make is trying to schedule something that is not a necessity, like going to the movies or a trip to a carnival. It is equally frustrating for the kids to be tempted with something they might not have time to do.
Not only is dinner something that has to happen, it can be flexible in how much time it takes. Even 45 minutes is enough for a family to gather at a family friendly restaurant, maybe making the most of it by dining on an outdoor patio, and have a quick enjoyable meal together. And if there is more time to relax and enjoy each other's company, so much the better! That means time for a special dessert for the kids and maybe a second craft cocktail or glass of wine for the folks.
If you are going to make a special family night out for dinner, be sure you do it more than just halfway. A special night calls for a special place, so pass by the predictable chain restaurants and explore something new, like a Latin fusion restaurant. Here you will be able to taste authentic flavors and cooking from the chef's heritage mixed and matched with favorite familiar food items. This means that even if part of your crew is pretty particular about what they eat, you can be sure that there will be a few things on the menu that even he or she will enjoy.
Best of all, almost everything is made fresh from scratch in the kitchen, meaning that parents can take comfort in knowing the food they are getting at a Latin fusion restaurant is going to be a healthy choice for their kids. This summer, find the time to treat your family to a fun night out at a casual fine dining restaurant and taste some exciting new flavors.
Jack Terry is a freelance writer who has been covering the food and beverage industry for more than 20 years. http://www.osorioslatinfusion.com