Bon Appetit, even if you can’t walk.

Several people have asked me to post a weekly menu from a French daycare center (crèche). Here’s one that I had in my files, from the fall of 2009. I picked “Week 4” at random. Note that the age ranges are given in the column on the left. So on Monday, for example, children older than 18 months would have a starter of sardine mousse, followed by chopped scalloped veal and zucchini Provençal with semolina, followed by Gouda cheese, followed by pineapple. We should all eat so well! This is the “official” menu prepared by the city of Paris, which is then debated in a committee of daycare chefs from around the city. The raw ingredients are delivered to the daycares each week, and then prepared on the premises. I can vouch for the fact that it looks quite good. “Bio” means organic. I’m making myself hungry.


8 Responses to Bon Appetit, even if you can’t walk.

  1. Eileen March 20, 2012 at 1:22 pm #

    Awesome. Thanks for posting.

  2. Sally March 21, 2012 at 10:07 pm #

    That’s very interesting. I’m trying to imagine most people I know eating sardine mousse!

  3. Anu March 27, 2012 at 2:49 pm #

    Very interesting. The thing that I would note particularly is the absence of almost any added sugar (just fruit as dessert too!). The food doesn’t have much in the way of cheap filler starches either. I would be happy to eat this menu now!

  4. Karen July 8, 2012 at 2:19 am #

    Thank you for posting. So my question is, will your next book be one on food with recipes, sample menus? For those of us who do not live in France (though desperately want to raise their children there now?) Would definitively buy a book like this!

  5. Meilinda October 2, 2012 at 8:00 pm #

    Pamela, please hunt for the chef of this menu. I need his recipe book. Thanks.

    • Scholz November 22, 2012 at 12:01 pm #

      If you tell me the age of your child i can find french recepes for children for you ! Do you speek french or not ;)!

  6. Jen R February 14, 2013 at 10:48 am #

    People are always surprised when I tell them what my daughter used to eat at school in France. One day, aged 4, she came home and sighed “we had avocado vinaigrette AGAIN for starters” 🙂


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