Posted by on Mar 29, 2012 in Featured Article, Local News & Alerts | 0 comments

Twin Mini-Beef Burgers on wheat buns with fresh fruit spears from Heritage Court

With a belief that eating well but wisely begins at an early age, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts including all restaurants at The Fairmont Southampton and The Fairmont Hamilton Princess today have announced new children’s menu offerings to include anexpanded array of creative dishes that are both delicious and nutritious.

With a nod to the brand’s Lifestyle Cuisine that addresses common dietary requests such as low-fat, vegetarian and low-carbohydrate, these new children’s menu options offer a healthy twist on the usual kid-friendly favorites such as chicken strips, pizza, spaghetti with meatballs and even chocolate mousse.

Fairmont Chefs ensure these pint-sized offerings reflect the same basic principals as Lifestyle Cuisine and address the nutritional guidelines established for children by the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies. Proactive steps include swapping out refined flour for whole wheat, incorporating fruits and vegetables into recipes to help meet the recommended daily fiber allowance, and employing alternative cooking methods to help ensure healthier choices are made available to young diners.

“As the world has become more health-conscious, it is not uncommon for restaurants to offer healthy dining options, but not always for kids,” said Christopher Chafe, executive chef at The Fairmont Southampton.  “We know our guests are more concerned with healthy eating choices than ever before and we want to make sure we provide them with a nutritional dining selection for the entire family.

“The key to the new menu options we’ve created for kids is that we’ve adapted their favorite dishes to a healthier format,” said Thomas Frost, executive chef at The Fairmont Hamilton Princess. “We have to make food that kids actually want to eat.”

“In addition to adapting many favorite dishes to a healthier format, we have introduced new menu items created by our chefs under the watchful eye of Fairmont Nutritional Advisor Katya Baxter, MBA, RNCP, a leader in the culinary field.” says Mariano Stellner, Fairmont’s Corporate Director, Food & Beverage.

Grilled Cheese Sandwich on whole wheat bread from The Waterlot Inn

Although the same nutritional parameters guide Fairmont chefs across the globe, actual menu offerings reflect the distinctive style and unique food products of each destination.  A sampling of Bermuda menu items includes: Whole Wheat Spaghetti with house made meatballs and tomato sauce (Bacci); Grilled Cheese Sandwich on whole wheat bread (The Waterlot Inn); Chicken Fingers (Jasmine Lounge); Grilled Chicken on a whole wheat bun (Harley’s); Twin Mini Beef Burgers (Heritage Court); and Panko Breaded Fish of the Day (Heritage Court). Kids can even get healthy options for dessert, such as Strawberries and Greek Yogurt with Fairmont’s Own Harvested Honey (Jasmine Lounge). Harley’s will re-open for the season on April 20, 2012.

Fairmont’s nutritious take on childhood favorites and the addition of healthy beverage options such as spring water, unsweetened juices, smoothies and shakes is expected to turn the usual meal time battle into a much anticipated event for families staying with the brand.  As part of the luxury hotel brand’s ongoing commitment to welcoming guests of all ages, kids 5 and under eat for free when ordering from the children’s menu while those 12 and under with a desire for something more grown-up can order child-sized portions from the adult menu or from Fairmont’s Lifestyle Cuisine Plus menu that caters to such dietary needs as diabetic and gluten free at 50 percent off the listed price.

These new nutritious selections for kids are available at all Fairmont hotels globally.

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