Our 5 yr old was (and sometimes still is) a picky eater. When we really want him to try something, like pasta, we would first require that 1-3 pieces be on his plate. He didn't need to touch them, try them, they just had to sit there looking at him. It took a while, but he eventually tried them. Now he will actually eat pasta if there is nothing else that interests him. He will, however, eat fruit and veggies until the cows come home.
I also think that the more that kids see you eating different foods, without being forced to try them, the more open they will be in the long run. My older kids were on the pickier side but we always took them for more exotic foods that we loved. We just brought something else for them to eat. Now they suggest going for Ethiopian or Indian food on their own. It takes time but if you are open, they will be too.
at 11:32 PM on Jul. 15, 2010