Back in 2001 when this magazine held a Kids Marketing Conference in Orlando, Emeril Lagasse made a keynote appearance. Star power is always a good thing at these kinds of events, but we took a bit of a chance because none of the restaurants in Lagasse's growing empire had a kids' menu at the time. As expected, he charmed the socks off the crowd. What wasn't expected was how passionate he is about feeding kids. “They are our future [adult] customers and you're a damn fool if you ignore ...

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