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Displaying Menus when using an External Caterer

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Displaying Menus when using external caterers

It is best practice when you have your menu on display to showcase what is in the meal. For example, if it is spaghetti bolognaise, list some of the other main ingredients in the meal.  The menu might look like the following:

Spaghetti Bolognaise

  • Beef mince
  • Onion
  • Carrot
  • Zucchini
  • Tomatoes
  • Red Lentils


Is this information available to you from your caterer?  

Could you ask for more information on ingredients to make available to families and staff?

This is valuable not only to educators (as they will be encouraging the children to eat the food at mealtimes), the information is great for parents to see, so they know what their children are eating in care.  It is very common to hear that children will eat food in care that they won’t eat at home, therefore displaying the ingredients on the menu will allow parents to be able to try to ‘replicate’ the meal at home if they wish.