Hyatt Regency Chicago Launches Children’s Menu
INCLUDING THREE-COURSE ORGANIC MENU DEVELOPED BY ALICE WATERS
Developed for Kids, by Kids, Hyatt Regency Chicago’s New, Healthier Menu Offers Fun, Fresh and Flavorful items
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS (JULY 19, 2012) – Hyatt Regency Chicago today announced the launch of a new, innovative menu, “For Kids By Kids,” which provides more nutritious, fresh and interactive offerings for children. The menu is grounded in Hyatt’s industry-leading philosophy Food. Thoughtfully Sourced. Carefully Served. – promoting healthy people, a healthy planet and healthy communities – and has been developed in association with the Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA). As part of the roll out, separate from the PHA commitment, Hyatt Regency Chicago will also offer a three- course organic menu for children developed exclusively by renowned food pioneer and chef, Alice Waters.
The “For Kids By Kids” menu was tasted, tested and approved by kids, including 11-year-old cooking enthusiast Haile Thomas, who is spearheading a campaign for healthy eating through her online cooking show, Kids Can Cook. Hyatt’s food and beverage team worked with Haile and her peers to ensure offerings on the menu not only meet the brand’s standards for nutrition and quality, but are also fun. Through their research, Hyatt learned that kids today have a greater level of sophistication in their taste preferences, but also enjoy items with which they can interact. To that end, new menu offerings will present a creative way for kids to engage with their food, such as customizing their own pasta dish and “shaking” their own salad.
With their new “For Kids By Kids” menu, Hyatt is making children’s health a priority and strives to make the healthy choice, the easy choice for guests. Sample items from the new Hyatt Regency Chicago “For Kids By Kids,” menu include:
- Breakfast: Top Your Own Taco, a whole wheat tortilla filled with scrambled eggs, cheese and fun toppings; Waffle Dipping Sticks with peanut butter, maple syrup and fruit sauces.
- Lunch: Shaken Chopped Salad with roasted chicken, vegetables, brown rice and yogurt basil dressing; Build Your Own Whole Wheat Sub Sandwich with turkey, lettuce, tomato, cheese on a whole wheat mini-sub. (These offerings are also available during dinner hours).
- Dinner: Natural Beef grilled and served with potatoes, roasted vegetables and garden salad; Vegetable and Sesame Rice Noodles with marinated tofu, corn, green beans, basil and cherry tomatoes.
Additionally, the menu developed by Alice Waters features a full organic meal offering including a salad, chicken entrée and a dessert. Another unique feature is that for children who prefer to choose the same meal as their parents, they have the option of ordering a half portion off the regular menu at half the price.
“We have made an industry-leading commitment to serving food and beverages that are good for our people, our planet and our communities. That is why we have transformed our children’s menu and looked to experts such as Alice Waters, to help guide our offerings,” said Patrick Donelly, General Manager at Hyatt Regency Chicago. “We look forward to welcoming our youngest guests to try our new “For Kids By Kids” menu.”
“For Kids By Kids” further illustrates Hyatt’s commitment to Partnership for a Healthier America, which will hold Hyatt accountable for continuously improving the nutritional profile of food menus at full-service managed Hyatt properties across the U.S. over the next ten years. Through this commitment, Hyatt’s “For Kids By Kids” will offer fruits and vegetables as the default side item, make low-fat milk available with free refills, meet the most recent U.S. Dietary Guidelines for Americans, My Plate and PHA’s standards and ensure food illustrations depict healthier options.
To add another layer of fun to mealtime, Hyatt will launch HyattFlavorJourney in September where kids and parents can learn more about “For Kids By Kids” and enjoy games and activities. Guests can use a QR code on their menu to link to the site.
Hyatt Regency Chicago’s “For Kids By Kids” menu aligns with the StayFit vision of creating an atmosphere for guests who like to stay active while away from home. Along with Hyatt’s Global Food Philosophy; Food. Thoughtfully Sourced. Carefully Served., Hyatt Regency Chicago encourages its guests to partake in local Chicago activities and events that are communicated through the hotel’s social media communications. Events include communicating free fitness classes in nearby Millennium Park, healthy tour options for families and adults, planned Chicago running routes that begin with social surprises for guests running relevant races while staying in the hotel. For guests who like the alternative, Hyatt Regency Chicago’s StayFit gym is showcased through photos and videos featuring state-of-the-art gym equipment.
About Hyatt Regency Chicago
Hyatt Regency Chicago, the largest hotel in the Midwest and Hyatt property in the world, features 2,019 guest rooms, 228,000 square feet of meeting and event space, and six restaurants and lounges. The hotel is located at 151 East Wacker Drive in the heart of downtown. Hyatt Regency Chicago borders the Magnificent Mile and is only blocks away from Chicago’s premier theatre, cultural, shopping and dining districts. For reservations, visit www.chicagohyatt.com, facebook.com/Hyattchicago or Twitter handle @HyattChicago.
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