We value eating together as a special opportunity to slow down and connect with each other, with ourselves and the needs of our own bodies, and with the source and story of the food we eat.
With full-time chefs working in a professional kitchen centrally located in the school, Little Owl provides children the unique opportunity to experience food from many different angles. Breakfast, lunch, and snacks are produced fresh daily using high quality, responsibly sourced ingredients. The kitchen is open to the classrooms, allowing the sights, sounds, and aromas of real cooking to mingle naturally with the other activities of the day. A child-friendly counter and adjacent kitchen studio invite children to visit the kitchen, engage with the chefs, discuss the menu for the day, participate in preparing ingredients for the meals, and generally involve themselves in the process of providing food for their school community.
We realize our responsibility in not only providing Little Owl children with their daily dietary needs but also in helping them form positive, life-long relationships with food and eating. Snacks and meals are crafted to be delicious and nutritious, focusing on in-season produce, whole grains and legumes, and organic meats, eggs, and dairy. Clean, simple preparations and presentations serve to highlight the quality and pure flavors of the ingredients.
Meals are served family style, with seven children and a teacher at each table. Children serve themselves, portioning out their own desired amount of food, passing, and helping serve others at the table. Through this process, children develop practical tactile skills as well as social relationships with their peers and teachers. Our goal is to provide them with skills, so they develop healthy eating habits based on their individual food needs. Little Owl is a nutfree environment.
Seasonally Speaking by Chef Sean
I've been spending some time with the kids recently talking about seasonality of fruits and veggies. Bringing examples of produce in their height of seasonal glory into the classrooms for them to enjoy and explore has helped to illustrate the point of the importance of eating with a knowledge of the seasons. It's pretty hard to argue with the obvious beauty of a pear grown properly and picked at just the right time.
I thought it would be a good idea to extend this education to our greater community.
Introducing "Seasonally Speaking." Each month I will post some fascinating and/or quirky info about a product in its prime along with a tasty recipe. Sounds like a delicious project to me.
Let's get started!