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April 23, 2014
Food & Beverage, Hyatt Thrive

Hyatt Gives Back: Healthy Eating with Alice Waters

If there is one thing we take seriously at Hyatt, it’s our food. Over the last several years, we have worked hard to use ingredients that are good for our guests, good for the community and good for the planet.


Students participate in the Hyatt Thrive – Alice Waters tomato-planting activity.

No matter what Hyatt hotel or resort you may be at around the world, we offer menus that honor the individual needs of everyone — and that includes even our littlest guests! In 2012, we launched For Kids, By Kids (FKBK), a new menu providing more nutritious, fresh and interactive offerings for kids. In addition to the menu offering kid-tested and kid-approved items like salmon teriyaki, crunchy baked chicken pops and chicken and pineapple skewers, the menu also features a three-course organic meal created by food pioneer and chef, Alice Waters.

“All children deserve to eat real food – fresh, seasonal, organic, and delicious,” said Alice Waters. “I wanted to do a small, three course meal, within the context of Hyatt’s initiative, that could be sourced exclusively from organic farms across the country. Of course it’s about taste and ripeness and seasonality—but it’s bigger than that, too: it’s about supporting the people who are taking care of the land for our future generations.”


Alice Waters teaches Cesar E. Chavez students about the importance of healthy eating.

Alice’s offerings on the For Kids, By Kids menu have been a big hit, so we were thrilled when she came out to Chicago last week to help educate kids at a local school right in our hometown of Chicago! Alice accompanied us to Cesar E. Chavez Multicultural Academic Center to teach students about the importance of establishing healthy eating habits. She started off with an animated discussion about their school’s namesake – Cesar E. Chavez – and his place in history as the founder of the United Farm Workers of America, and then she followed with a hands-on tomato planting activity. Each student planted a seed in a personal pot, excited to bring them home in time for Spring Break.

We were thrilled to have Alice here during our Global Month of Community Service. Her visit with the students at Cesar E. Chavez was extra special as we stress the importance this month of giving back in our communities around the world that we call home.

Check out the wonderful video we put together to showcase Alice’s fun trip to Cesar E. Chavez and tell us, what kind of community service have you done over the past few months that you’ve truly enjoyed?

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  • Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder

    In general there should be more consideration towards an ever growing group of elderly with specific diet related low sodium and/or low cholesterol food needs.
    We often find that lacking.