No chicken fingers for these kids

Filed under: Nutrition: Health, Development/Milestones: Babies

Have you ever noticed that kids menus - no matter what the restaurant - always seem to consist of the same three items: chicken fingers, macaroni and cheese, and hamburgers. I've often wondered why. I mean, what's wrong with a nice peice of quiche? A savoury beef stew?

The New York times has an interesting article profiling child "foodies" - the children of parents obsessed with fine food and beverage.

Children of foodies are offered cooking classes , learning to make everything from thin-crust pizza with gruyere and vegetables, to expertly crafted sushi. And increasingly, restaurants in foodie rich areas (New York, in particular) are beginning to offer children's menus that differ wildly from the standard mac and cheese fare: quail shooters and baby octopus, for example. Restaurants that previously did not allow kids are now wheeling out the highchairs and the posh tot fare.

The editor-in-chief of Cookie magazine explains the phenomenon: "Parents are marrying later, having kids later. They have established sensibilities by the time they have kids which don't come to a screeching halt."

Interesting. I must admit, I haven't shared my favourite goat cheese and olive salad with Nolan just yet. Maybe tomorrow, but I have a hulking suspicion he'd prefer a chicken finger.

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Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.