Join Us For the HFFK Food Demo

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I’ll be at the Chicago’s Green City Market in Lincoln Park tomorrow, October 25, at 9:30 a.m. Join me as I demonstrate a healthy and delicious fall dinner for your family.

Crunchy Top Roasted Salmon                     Sautéed Squash Sticks Michigan Applesauce                                                                                                                             

Roasted salmon always puts me in the mood for Fall or is it vice versa? I have a quick way of roasting the salmon with a light mustard sauce and topped with bread crumbs which gives the cooked fish a bit of a crunch. I’m pairing it with heirloom squash that I’m cutting into matchstick size and sautéing delicately, then adding a bit of fresh thyme. Finally, I’ll be cooking up a batch of applesauce. So simple, so tasty and it’s versatility goes from table to packed lunch.

Join us tomorrow at Chicago’s Green City Market by the Club Sprouts Tent at 9:30.

First Strawberries

ImageTwo lovely pints of Michigan strawberries were all that were left at Mick Klug’s stand at the Green City Market on Saturday. Seeing these beautiful berries was the validation I needed that the polar vortex of  2014 in Chiberia was over and spring has arrived.  I would love to share a recipe that I used with the berries but my daughter and I ate the bowl in under five minutes. Maybe next Saturday.

 

First Concessionaire At O’Hare International Airport

CIBO EXPRESS LAUNCHES PARTNERSHIP AT TWO O’HARE AIRPORT LOCATIONS

Healthy Fare for Kids™ has arrived at O’Hare International Airport via its newest partner, Cibo Express® Gourmet Market. With locations in Terminals B & C, Cibo’s marketplace venue features hundreds of quality, healthy food offerings as well as a wide selection for the allergy/food sensitive traveller … a perfect match for Healthy Fare for Kids.

Roasted Tofu & Veges with Chutney
Grilled Vege Snack Box

Cibo prepares HFFK food with the finest ingredients, including meats raised without the use of antibiotics. Families love these healthier options for kids and adults find the smaller portion-size perfect for their traveling appetites.

 OTG, parent company of Cibo Express, has been recognized throughout the industry for its exceptional customer focus and groundbreaking innovation; growing to become the second largest privately held airport food operator in the United States in just over a decade.

Healthy Fare for Kids welcomes our newest destination, Cibo Express and invites you to sample their great food during your next trip through O’Hare. And visit our website at www.healthyfareforkids.com for all our newest updates.

 

Welcome, Harvest Room

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A commitment to farm-to-table food service is one of the hallmarks of our new Healthy Fare for Kids™ partner, Harvest Room. The other, is their commitment to the community shown by their creative and healthy kid’s menu, now featuring an array of items certified by Healthy Fare for Kids.

Harvest Room specializes in familiar dishes made fresh with local, organic or organically raised ingredients purchased from area farmers when possible.  Offering a wide range of tasty items including homemade biscuits, jams, pastries, soups, pickles, house-cured meats and fish, fresh juice, a smoothie bar, panini, and flatbread pizzas. You’ll find a selection of crafted, loose leaf teas blended in-house with blue zone, raw honey, too.

Aside from the unique Healthy Fare for Kids™  offerings on their kid’s menu, they also prepare vegan dishes, and gluten-free offerings as well as a full bar with a wonderful wine selection and a Bloody Mary/mimosa bar on the weekends. 

 We are thrilled to welcome our new partner, Harvest Room and encourage everyone to visit this exceptional restaurant soon.

Harvest Room is located at 7164 127th Street Palos Heights, IL 708-671-8905 website.

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Just In Time For The Chicago Auto Show

PARTNERSHIP  WITH MCCORMICK PLACE BEGINS

The 2014 Chicago Auto Show is rolling in just in time for the launch of Healthy Fare for Kids™  at McCormick Place, thanks to SAVOR… an industry leader in implementing green standards and environmentally sustainable practices in day-to-day foodservice operations. 
 
The Healthy Fare for Kids meals will be offered in the South Food Court during the Chicago Auto Show and other special events and will proudly display the Healthy Fare for Kids logo. Menu items include a Turkey Sandwich with Wisconsin Cheddar Cheese on whole wheat bread with a side of celery sticks and peanut butter; or a Ham sandwich with Emmenthal on a pretzel roll with fruit salad. All meats served are raised without the use of antibiotics.
 
“We understand the dining challenge that moms and dads face when dining at events,” said Connie Chambers, General Manager, SAVOR…Chicago at McCormick Place. “We believe it is our responsibility to offer our families healthy, responsible options.  We believe, if we do our part and make healthy, great tasting food following Healthy Fare for Kids’ standards, we can help families identify good food choices and continue their journey of good health.” 
 

Since 2011, Healthy Fare for Kids has been asking chefs to create healthier meals on menus for children following their set of nutritional guidelines. For more information or how to participate, visitwww.healthyfareforkids.com.

 

Chef letter to Sam Kass

Chefs Collaborative is working with Pew Charitable Trusts to ask chefs and food professionals to sign onto a letter to Sam Kass, Executive Director of Let’s Move! and Senior Policy Advisor for Nutrition Policy at the White House about overuse of antibiotics in farm animals.

Please go to their linkSay no to the overuse of antibiotics in farm animals – to add your name to their letter today!

Thank you.

Midway Airport Launches

The term airport food will have a new meaning starting today at Midway International Airport in Chicago when Healthy Fare for Kids lands at Midway Airport.

Healthy Fare for Kids is partnering with Premiere Restaurant Group, (www.maconemidway.com), a concession management company operating 16 foodservice units  at Midway International Airport, to bring certified Healthy Fare for Kids meals to it’s venues.

For the 18 million passengers passing through Midway International Airport each year, the Healthy Fare for Kids logo can be spotted on the tops of grab & go containers in most restaurant coolers primarily in Concourses A & B and near baggage claim. Soon, look for our logo on menu boards next to certified menu items.

You’ll find antibiotic-free meats, whole grain breads, smaller portion sizes, lower salt, no deep-fried anything, local ingredients and non-sugared beverages in all Healthy Fare for Kids meals.

Healthy Fare for Kids items are not just for kids. Liking the smaller portion sizes and healthier fare, adults have been buying them for their own meals at our other venues.

Next time you fly out of Midway International Airport, look for the Healthy Fare for Kids logo, telling you in an instant, it’s a healthy and delicious meal.Image

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Welcome Sandwich Me In

Sandwich Me In is the newest restaurant to join the Healthy Fare for Kids family.  Welcome!

Sandwich Me In is a quick-service sandwich shop using local meats and fresh produce with an emphasis on sustainability (recycle, reuse, reduce) and the education of their guests as to how their food travels from farm to plate.

Chef Justin Vrany cooks up some fabulous sandwich scenarios.  All of their delicious food is made in house from scratch and sourced from local farms such as Gunthorp farms, Quarter Circle Seven Ranch, and Local Folks farm, which means all meat is raised without the use of antibiotics.

They have a dynamite pulled pork sandwich that is smoked for 13 hours and lathered in their homemade BBQ and placed on a fresh baked black strap molasses wheat roll. Another delight is their Vegan black bean and brown rice burger with whole grain mustard. And all of their drinks are made in house.

All of the waste at Sandwich Me In is composted or recycled. Throughout the season the raw vegetable and fruit compost are given to Bryant Family Farms to feed their chickens who lay eggs for the restaurant. Their electrical energy is completely powered by wind and all of their used-oil is recycled in bio-diesel engines. All of the furniture and equipment in the restaurant is either used or refurbished.

Congratulations Chef Justin Vrany!  We are thrilled to have you participating in Healthy Fare for Kids.

Chef Justin’s Healthy Fare for Kids selection is:

HALF HAM AND TURKEY SANDWICH WITH CARROTS AND SMOOTHIE

(Ham and turkey meat is raised without the use of antibiotics and smoothie is made with 100% fruit)

Sandwich Me In is at 3037 N. Clark Street in Chicago or visit their website here.