These days, it’s all about health-conscious eating and maintaining lifestyles geared toward overall wellness—a trend that has now officially extended to kids. Seeking healthful children’s meals while out on the town is a no longer a rogue request by health nut parents, but instead a demand the public is making as society spends more and more time eating out. In response, many high-end hotels are creating children’s menus with more sophisticated and nutritious choices, and Four Seasons is right there to meet the demand, with some properties even breaking down children’s menus to the baby, toddler and kid level. Forget chicken nuggets with French fries—deep-fried kids’ dishes are quickly becoming a thing of the past.
At Four Seasons Hotel Seattle, Chef Jelle Vandenbroucke serves dishes such as grilled Pacific Northwest salmon with brown rice, soy sauce and a vegetable stir-fry, and the Baked Beecher’s Cheese Sandwich served with a side of broccoli and fries on his kid’s menu at ART Restaurant. For the sandwich, the chef uses gourmet cheddar made around the corner at Beecher’s Handmade Cheese at Pike Place Market, where kids can watch through the window as workers process the cheese in giant vats. Chef Vandenbroucke’s aim is balancing healthy with fun, which means mixing in gluten-free options with a few special treats.
Upon arrival at TRIO Restaurant at Four Seasons Hotel Austin, children aged two to nine are automatically brought complimentary, bite-size healthy snacks. These KidsBites come in eight versions that rotate daily, including the Itsy Bitsy Spider mini-pretzel roll sandwich with cucumber legs and googly cheese eyes, and the Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star snack—three melon stars on a wooden spear with a cucumber base.
Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village, California has a number of fun, interactive options for kids, including the new Mercato Italiano dining experience hosted Saturday evenings in the Lobby Lounge, where kids can make their own wood-fired pizza with one of the chefs.
Beginning October 17, California Health & Longevity Institute will offer Kids’ Night In, an all-inclusive wellness programme that provides children ages three to eight with a delicious, nutritious meal and supervised activities on Friday and Saturday evenings, giving parents a chance to enjoy some alone time.
The Hotel also puts on a weekend interactive Farmers’ Market Breakfast spotlighting local produce, organic dairy goods from local farms, house-baked breads and artisan eats. Kids can even juice their own oranges. Budding locavores can sign up to pick their own veggies and learn about organic produce at nearby operations McGrath Family Farm (Camarillo) and Underwood Family Farm (Moorpark).
Farm-to-table is the main focus at Four Seasons Hotel Hampshire, England, which celebrates seasonality and local produce every Sunday with a Famer’s Market Lunch. The Hotel’s Seasons Restaurant also has regular menus categorized under Kids (ages five to 12), Little Kids (five and younger) and Infants, with offerings such as tomato soup, spaghetti Bolognese, mini fish and chips and, for babies, mashed seasonal vegetables and fruit.