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Apr 16, 2011 08:07 AM

School France.
Now I know why my friend Bénédicte's idea of a kiddie meal for her 8-year-old at a restaurant was salmon and lentils.

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  1. The reimbursement for a Free/Reduced price lunch in the U.S. is around $2.50 +/-. They sure don't look like that! And I can guarantee you that there is no chef in the kitchen and certainly not one that goes out every morning in search of fresh, local vegetables!! We could take a lesson from the French on how to feed kids.

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    1. re: DiningDiva

      That chef has a certain rakish charm, don't you think? A whole bunch of je ne sais quoi?

      1. re: buttertart

        A whole bunch :-)

        Trust me on this...I'd rather have him serving me lunch than any lunch lady in the U.S. school lunch programs

    2. That's a great story! I wish more people would enjoy feeding their kids different things. I think some kids' palates are inadvertently stunted by us adults assuming they won't like _______.

      I wanna go to that school, maybe just for lunch.


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      1. re: hillsbilly

        I think the kids (at the beginning of the video) were 3 years old. That's certainly young. I wonder if the moms had a choice; couldn't quite understand the part where the woman who fed her child at home until they discovered that the child had not been eating at the school.

      2. I've noticed that children in the US seem to go through a "white food" phase. Do French children not go through that phase or do the French handle it differently?

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        1. re: emily

          That white food phase is not "normal." It is the result of "children's menus" that are made up of grilled cheese, mac and cheese, pizza and chicken fingers and of parents who serve their children "Kid-food" instead of what the whole family eats.

          1. re: chicgail

            You are right, it is not normal, and I know many parents (and consequently their kids) who refuse to participate in it.

            1. re: Cachetes

              When I was a kid restaurant menus has Children's PORTIONS -- small portions for low prices for the kiddies.

            2. re: chicgail

              This is interesting. Today, as I scarfed down my croissant sandwich with egg whites and Swiss cheese, my 75 year-old and very healthy aunt recoiled. She commented, "UGH! It's...all white! There's no color. How can you eat that?"

              This made me think about how my palate differs from hers. Whereas I am a staunch vegetarian, who eats dairy, she chooses her meal from a wide-variety of foods. And to her, seeing "all white" foods is anathema to her daily standard of grub.


              1. re: globocity

                My lunches this week were accidentally really white. I had roasted fennel, red onion and zucchini, cannellini beans and a hodge-podge of pantry grains (brown rice, white barley, black barley, daikon radish seeds). It matched the plate! (But then I poured on some romesco sauce and it looked a bit more lively...)

          2. That's very impressive. I love the attitude of slowing down to enjoy their foods, even at school. Loved watching that chef take time to shop/prepare for the meals.

            1. Oh, I loved this. Thank you for posting this. I taught high school in France for a while in the 90's, and the cafeteria was wonderful. Best of all, since I was just out of grad school and extremely poor, the bread, butter, cheese, wine, and coffee were free! However, I have to say that many, if not most, of the students preferred to walk down the block to McDo, Quick, Pizza Hut, or Flunch. Made me shake my head in wonder every day.