The Thistleoaks Kitchen

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Children eating lunch together at a table
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All of our meals are prepared in-house daily by our cooks, Bea and Julie, who pride themselves on ensuring the food is fresh, nutritious, and offers a variety of flavors and textures from various cultures and cuisines.

In the summer of 2019, we took a brand new approach to our menu. We started completely from scratch and designed the menu with a commitment to using next to no prepared or boxed foods. Everything we serve to the children, from salad dressings to sauces and everything in between, is made from scratch. We have also designed our lunches to be in line with the redesigned Canada Food Guide, with roughly 50% of the meal made up of fruits and vegetables, and 25% each of whole grains and proteins. 

All children at Thistleoaks are served the same menu, with a few variations made based on eating ability. Milk is served with morning snack and lunch, and water is served with afternoon snack. ​Thistleoaks is a nut-free facility, and attempts to cater to all allergies and religious restrictions. 

On occasion, individual classrooms may plan special events, such as a baking day or ice cream party day. Your classroom will let you know when these events are occurring.

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Meet the Cooks

Bea W

Head Cook

Joined Thistleoaks: 2017

Thistleoaks, a place like no other... It has been my pleasure and distinct honour to be a part of the exceptional place that is Thistleoaks. Nothing compares to seeing the world through a child’s point of view; having a unique opportunity to experience the day-to-day at their level really is an incredible experience. I view myself as a co-learner with not only the kids, but also the wonderful collection of educators with whom I spend my days. I am dedicated to ensuring that Thistleoaks is a safe place of belonging as well as inclusion under the theory that we are all stronger as one big team. I am proud to be a part of such a tradition of excellence... and happy to be the biggest kid in the room who calls this place home. 

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Sarah C

Assistant Cook

Joined Thistleoaks: 2014

Thistleoaks has been a great inspiration for me in the field of ECE. It has been a fun and educational experience. For me, this enthusiasm spills over to the children and families within the centre. Both my children have graduated from Thistleoaks! 

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Menu Rotation -
Summer 2022

Below is our menu rotation for Summer 2022. Click the image to enlarge. (If clicking does not enlarge the image, right-click and open in a new tab or window to see the enlarged menu.) Most snacks and meals are also posted daily to HiMama to help you keep track of what your child is eating! Daily offerings may change, based on availability or special classroom activities; any changes are documented in HiMama. 

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