The Thistleoaks Kitchen
All of our meals are prepared in-house daily by our cooks, Karen and Phyllis, 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. Please refer to your classroom's monthly newsletter for details of these dates.
Information about meals during COVID-19
For the time being, we are running a two-week menu rotation that has been designed around the current precautions we are taking due to COVID. All meals will be plated in the kitchen, covered in saran wrap, then delivered to each classroom. An extra bowl with second servings will also be provided to each room, and will be administered by one educator. For the time being, meals will not be served family-style, as we have done in the past.
When preparing, plating, delivering, and serving food, staff will be required to wear PPE, regardless of social distancing.
Meet the Cooks
Joined Thistleoaks: 2004
I first joined Thistleoaks to work in the classroom, and after four years moved into the kitchen. This started my amazing chapter of cooking. I enjoy making family-friendly meals for this wonderful daycare. I love creating new and challenging dishes for the children to experience. I try every day to encourage and develop a love of food, in terms of variety, flavour, and texture. I buy wholesome ingredients in my cooking, ensuring each meal provides a balanced diet. I do make the kids tasty treats too, as I believe teaching balance is important. I encourage independence in older children by providing meals they can assemble themselves (such as tacos), and I regularly hold baking days for the classrooms to involve and engage the children in the cooking process. Cooking for the children is a joy every day!
Joined Thistleoaks: 2003
When it comes to this very competitive world, I have a lot of ideas and dreams. I am willing in every way to do what I can to help. I love working at this daycare. The kids make me feel so young and I try my best to help them in any way I can. I want to make their stay here every day the best - smiling, dancing, playing, and cooking the best food and desserts. I love helping the teachers in any way I can, so that the children remember me. I love when they say 'Phyllis, I love you, you're the best' because they're the next generation who will take over the world. I love the kids here. I love seeing their faces every day. Thank you.
Menu Rotation - Summer 2020 - COVID
Below is our two-week menu rotation for Summer 2020 during COVID. 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.)
Daily offerings may change, based on availability or special classroom activities; any changes can be found either in your child's log book, or posted outside the classroom.